Liverpool grabbed all 3 points as they visited Aston Villa in a spectacular fixture. Aston Villa scored first but could not hold on to the lead for more than 3 minutes. Joel Matip cancelled out Douglas Luiz’s scrappy opener with a scrappy equaliser.
Mane got the winner in the second half after the sensational Luiz Diaz sent a sumptuous cross for the Senegalese to finish in sublime fashion. Liverpool remain in second place on the Premier League table with 86 points and +65 goal difference. Manchester City are on top with 86 points and +68 on goal difference.
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Steven Gerrard could not stand in the way of Liverpool matching on towards their dreams. The Game ends Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool.
Goal! Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
And just like that Liverpool have the lead! Diaz is sent away down the right by Jota, he crosses for Mane to nod home. Big, big goal.
Back under way! This is a big 45 minutes where the title race is concerned.
A frenetic and fast-paced half comes to a close. Douglas Luiz opened the scoring in the third minute, before Joel Matip poked home an equaliser just three minutes later
Goal! Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
What response from the visitors! Virgil van Dijk dinks a shot that Emiliano Martinez saves, but Joel Matip is there to finish from close range
Goal! Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool
Nightmare of a start for the Reds as Douglas Luiz heads Villa into the lead less than four minutes in. Cross came in from Lucas Digne and there was a bit of a collision as two Reds players went down. Alisson saved the header but he followed it up and tapped it in.
We are underway at Villa Park!
Here is what Steven Gerrard had to say before the game against his former side.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to the West Midlands in search of a vital three points to keep hopes of a Premier League title alive. The Reds dropped points to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, which Manchester City capitalised on to open up a three-point lead at the top of the table.
An interesting sub-plot is the fact that Liverpool’s hope of making history could be dashed by their club legend. You would recall that Steven Gerrard has been in the way of Liverpool lifting the Premier League title before after that infamous slip against Chelsea in 2014.
Salah and Thiago on the bench as Firmino returns after a long lay-off due to injury. Coutinho starts against his former side.