Premier League, Villa Park – Aston Villa 1 (Luiz 3’), Liverpool 2 (Matip 6’, Mane 65’)
Liverpool’s Senegal forward Sadio Mane (left) celebrates scoring the team’s second goals against Liverpool’s English midfielder Jordan Henderson and Liverpool’s Portuguese forward Diogo Jota during an English Premier League match between Aston Villa.
Sadio Mane’s win kept Liverpool hopes alive as Jurgen Klopp’s team equalized Premier League leaders Manchester City with a 2-1 comeback victory at Aston Villa.
The Senegalese hitman headed into his 22nd goal of the season 25 minutes from time to keep their opponents glowing at the summit after Steven Gerrard’s Villans truly shocked the Merseysiders.
The visitors changed a lot from the draw against Tottenham at the weekend and they paid the price for a chaotic start to defense as Douglas Luiz fired in a rebound within three minutes.
Villa returned the favor with their humorous defense just three minutes later when Joel Matip stabbed in from close range.
Then both sides lost their chances by Danny. Ings and Mane headed for a compelling end-to-end match.
Liverpool, started by Mo Salah on the bench. Has improved and better control of the process after the break with Mane to maintain a major breakthrough.
Villa has a chance to level up. But Alisson made a brilliant stop to keep former Reds forward Ings.
The result means Liverpool are now following City on goal difference. But the reigning champions can restore their three-point advantage with two games left if they win at Wolves on Wednesday night.
Next, Liverpool face Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday. But there will be concerns about the fitness of Fabinho, who withdrew in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.
Villa, who remain 11th, are in the top flight at home to Crystal. Palace on Sunday And remain focused on chasing the top 10 Gerrard has set his sights on.
The red machine bounced back on the heels of the city. Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham on Saturday has left the spirits of the fans little, and any suggestion on social media that the team is bottling has been criticized by the majority – and rightly so. Maintaining perspective is important. at a time The Reds are 14 points behind Manchester City and the Championship is subject to change. So bouncing back and at least asking questions about Pep Guardiola’s champions.
Apparently the game is coming to an end for the benefit of the Reds. But there was still no time for refusal. Another cup was in line on Saturday. And there are only two league games (Southampton A and Wolves H) until the Champions League final against Real Madrid.
Quadruple may seem unlikely at the moment. But the squeal remains. It’s been an incredible season for Klopp’s side and it could still end in sensational style even if they didn’t get the No 20 on 22 May. It’s always said you learn. More on what the team built on their responses. Take a step back and this is a great response. As Liverpool find what could be a major win for their belief in going into the late game on all sides.
Striker Sadio Mane (Liverpool) didn’t have his biggest night. And so are teammates. But he emerged with a big goal with a brilliant header after missing an opportunity that would have been easier early on. His form since the turn of last year has been excellent and bodes well for the coming games.
Aston Villa: Martinez 6, Cash 7, Konza 7, Mings 6, Digne 7, Luiz 7, McGinn 7, Nagamba 7, Coutinho 6, Ing. s 7, Watkins 7. Subs: Chukquemega 6, Buendia 6, Traore NONE.
Liverpool: Alisson 6, Alexander-Arnold 7, Matip 7, Van Dijk 7, Simikas 6, Fabinho 5, Jones 6, Kei. Ta 6, Diaz 7, Jota 6, Mane 7. Subs: Henderson 7, Thiago 6, Salah 6.
Matchcast: Full match stats and descriptions.
03′ – Target! – Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool, Watkins overcame the visitors’ offside trap and gave Alisson a brilliant save. Villa keeps the ball alive And after the goalkeeper deflected Douglas Luiz’s header, the Villa men were ready to rebound. Liverpool’s defensive line is at sea there!
06′ – Goal! – Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool, side pull level It was really sloppy from the villa’s point of view. The ball bogged down in the area and fell to Van Dijk, his low effort not much to beat Martinez. But it bounced back for Matip, who slides the ball home from close range.
19′ – Liverpool’s chance! Mane climbed well to meet Jimicus’ left-wing shot. But his header went an inch past the post.
24′ – Aston Villa’s chance! Ings led Alisson to attack McGinn’s superb pass but could only widen his header. That’s a huge opportunity.
35′ – Liverpool’s chance! The Merseysiders performed well with the TAA. He picked Keita with a low throw. But the midfielder made a terrible mistake when scoring his first goal. He really should have scored there.
65′ – Goal! – Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool, Mane flicks a header into the far corner from Diaz’s clever ball from the left.
69′ – Aston Villa’s chance! Ings ran past Alisson but couldn’t shoot too low for the progressive goalkeeper. Big savings for visitors!
85′ – Aston Villa’s chance! Ings threatened on the right side of the area. He wriggled freely and lashed out with a shot from a narrow angle that Alisson had overcome. It could go anywhere but not fall for Chukwuemeka inside the six-yard box.
Liverpool are just the second team in Premier League history to have three players reach 15+ goals in a single campaign (Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota), after Manchester City’s title winning side of 2013-14 (Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero, Edin Dzeko).