Goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold helped Liverpool Fc (The Reds) to beat the visitors Aston Villa Fc 2-1 in the Premier League.
For the Premier League home encounter with Aston Villa Fc, Jürgen Klopp decided to make 2 changes to the side that lost to the hosts Real Madrid CF in the First Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Quarter-final.
Roberto Firmino and James Milner were named in the Starting XI as the Duo replaced Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta.
Due to an unspecified muscle issue, youngster Curtis Jones missed out as a precaution.
Looking to gain ascendancy in the game, the Reds started brightly early on against Aston Villa (The Villa).
Salah had a great chance to give the Reds an early lead after Tyrone Mings missed his clearance but the Egyptian missed his shot wide to the left side of the post.
The Egyptian should have punished Mings for the poor clearance.
The Reds had been well and truly on top of the game as they looked bright and sharp compared to their recent games at Anfield.
Alisson Becker was called into action in the 22nd minute as the header from Ezri Konsa Ngoyo was saved by the Brazilian Goalkeeper after an assist by Matt Targett with a cross.
The Reds were made to pay for their profligacy as against the run of play, the Villa got their shock lead through Ollie Watkins after firing his shot under Alisson’s body after an assist from John McGinn that split the Reds defence in the 43rd minute.
Alisson should have done better to stop the shot from Ollie Watkins!
Roberto Firmino levelled the scoreline for the Reds with a close finish but after a lengthy VAR Check, the Goal was chalked off as Diogo Jota was adjudged to be an Offside position in the build up to the Goal.
Starring down the barrel of suffering 7 successive home defeats, the Reds trailed 0-1 at the end of First Half (despite having numerous chances to score)!
The finishing from the Reds has been let down during the First Half and needs to be clinical in the Second Half as they are again left with a mountain to climb.
Firmino looked to again level the scoreline but had his shot blocked after an assist by Nathaniel Phillips in the 50th minute.
Following an assist by Jota, Andrew Robertson struck his shot but Emiliano Martínez could palm the ball on to the path of Salah who calmly headed the ball to the net to level the scoreline in the 57th minute.
Trézéguet nearly restored the lead for the visitors but his shot rattled the right side of the post following a neat assist by Ollie Watkins in the 62nd minute.
James Milner later picked up a Yellow Card for his tackle on Marvelous Nakamba in the 65th minute.
To bring more creativity in the midfield, Wijnaldum was taken off for Thiago Alcântara in the 70th minute.
Andrew Robertson picked up a Yellow Card for a tactical foul on Trézéguet in the 74th minute.
Roberto Firmino was taken off to bring on Sadio Mané in the 74th minute to bring more pace.
Klopp made his final throw of the dice as Ozan Kabak was taken off to bring on Xherdan Shaqiri in the 88th minute. This meant that Fabinho was moved back to the Centre Back position.
After the shot from Thiago was thwarted by Emiliano Martínez following an neat assist from Shaqiri, Alexander-Arnold struck an unstoppable shot to the right bottom corner of the net to give the Reds a 2-1 lead just a minute after 90th minute.
After going down 0-1, the Reds sealed their comeback win to beat the visitors Villa 2-1.
The result also meant that the Reds ended their 6-game Premier League home losing streak in style and the Reds are temporarily in the fourth spot depending on other results later on.
Reds Team Performance Ratings
Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)
Alisson Becker – 6: Looked confident with his distribution and positioning but was dreadful in preventing the shot from Ollie Wilkins.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 9: Scored the winning Goal that ended the Reds horrifying 6-game Premier League Home Losing Streak. Looked threatening going forward and defended very well, particularly during the Second Half.
Ozan Kabak – 6: Got caught out for the opening Goal of the visitors but won most of his tussles especially against Ollie Wilkins.
Nathaniel Phillips – 6: Looked composed and won his battles against the Villa attackers.
Andrew Robertson – 7: Was busy on the left flank and provided great crosses particularly from set-pieces.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6: Subdued performance from the Dutchman. Could not make the desired impact but worked hard for the Team.
Fabinho – 9: Looked to get the Reds on the front foot and made crucial interceptions to break up the attack from the visitors. Much improved display from the Brazilian.
James Milner – 6: The Veteran was happy to work his socks off for the Reds against one of his former Clubs. Shielded the defence well and picked up a Yellow Card during the Second Half.
Diogo Jota – 6: Should have done better with one of his header. Lively and looked dangerous. Perhaps on another day, the Portuguese International would have scored.
Roberto Firmino – 6: Had a Goal harshly disallowed by VAR. Linked up well with Jota and Salah.
Mohamed Salah – 7: Wasteful with his chances and went in to a shell during the First Half. Scored the Goal that helped the Reds to level the scoreline.
Thiago Alcântara – 8: Was brought on to bring more drive and creativity in the midfield.
Sadio Mané – N/A: Little late to bring on the Senegalese but made the desired impact.
Xherdan Shaqiri – N/A: The Swiss International was the final throw of the dice for Klopp and his assist to Thiago resulted in the Spaniard’s shot being blocked by Emiliano Martínez, which then eventually led to the unstoppable shot from Alexander-Arnold.
Jürgen Klopp – 8: After ending the Reds horrifying 6-game Premier League home losing streak, Klopp himself will feel mightily relieved.
The Gaffer made necessary changes during the Second Half especially when the Reds were in search of the Second Goal and the game hanging in the balance.
Now, all eyes on the clash with Real Madrid CF in the Second Leg of the Champions League 2020-21 Quarter-final next week.
Another comeback on the cards? This Reds simply cannot be written off, especially at their den!
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