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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: The Reds come back from behind to get themselves a narrow win

Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Premier League
Villa Park

After dropping points over the weekend, Liverpool needed to win their remaining games by huge margins. Furthermore, they also need City to lose one of their matches to stand a chance to lift the EPL title.

The Reds had a terrible start to the fixture by conceding very early in the fixture. They were able to get one back through Matip in the 6th minute. With that being said, they failed to gain control of possession for much of the first half.

LFC were able to finally breach the home defence when Mane found the winner in the 65th minute. This was enough for them to register a 1-2 win.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Player ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (7), Konsa (6), Mings (6), Digne (6), Luiz (7), McGinn (6), Nakamba (6), Coutinho (7), Ings (5), Watkins (7).

Subs: Chukwuemeka (6), Buendia (6), Traore (6).

Liverpool: Alisson (5), Alexander-Arnold (6), Matip (6), Van Dijk (6), Tsimikas (5), Fabinho (6), Jones (6), Keita (6), Diaz (7), Jota (6), Mane (8).

Subs: Henderson (6), Thiago (6), Salah (6).

Man of the match: Sadio Mane.

Managers’ reaction

Jurgen Klopp: “Massive, outstanding, incredible mentality. We changed five of the team so we needed time to find our way into the game and the opponent was there from the beginning. The main issue was losing balls in the wrong areas. From there, it is difficult to get any rhythm.

“In the last 10 minutes of the first half, we began controlling the game. We scored the second incredible goal, Luis [Diaz] sensational, Sadio [Mane] made the world of it.

“Then, you have to dig deep. Yes, they had moments, a big chance with Ingsy [Danny Ings]. If my players were not as good as they are I would be here talking about different stuff but their quality and mentality is the reason why we are where we are.”

Steven Gerrard: “We have to take those big moments we created in the game. I am slightly frustrated we didn’t score more than once. The positive for me is that we were courageous and went toe to toe with the best team in the world. I am extremely proud.

“I’m sure Danny [Ings] is going to play one or two of those moments in his head on the way home. I am delighted with what Danny brings to the team. He should be proud of what he brought, he worked his socks off. The positive for me is that we created good chances.”