Liverpool scored twice at the death to successfully come from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Aston Villa, and fans lauded their mentality giants.
Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League, Villa Park
November 2, 2019
Goals: Trezeguet 21’; Robertson 87’, Mane 90+4′
But it was a sloppy start from Liverpool and Villa took advantage having overloaded the Reds at the back post from a wide set-piece, with Trezeguet the beneficiary.
VAR emerged as a major talking point in the opening 45 as Roberto Firmino’s effort from close range was deemed offside and failed to be overturned, in what was a rare sight on goal for the Reds.
The second half saw Liverpool dominate territory as they pushed for an all-important equaliser, and just when it appeared as though the breakthrough would not arrive Andy Robertson popped up to head home.
Robbo and Mane’s finely worked goals sent fans into delirium as victory was snatched at the death…
Robertson's equaliser was glorious, by the way. Few sights better than a full-back steaming in at the back post with a bullet header.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) November 2, 2019
“Corner taken quickly orrre MAAANNNEE”
– Libero on the forums.
HOLY FUCK MANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
— Erin Mc (@ErinNYC75) November 2, 2019
This is incredible. All three of Liverpool’s games this week have been too close for comfort. Flair for the dramatics or what.
— Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) November 2, 2019
“What a damn fine header, what a run, what a pass, and Robertson crushes it in.”
– Magnus on the forums.
Mané is single-handedly carrying this title challenge this season. I absolutely adore him.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) November 2, 2019
“These last-minute goals are 1000 ways to die. So emotional…”
– John English Ufwanga on Facebook.
Case for Sadio Mane as having the best attacking heading technique in the league. #LFC
— D E E P D A S T A R D L Y (@srijandeep) November 2, 2019
VAR & refereeing decisions emerged as a major talking point once more, for all the wrong reasons…
Firmino has had a goal disallowed for offside. He wasn’t offside but VAR decided he was offside. When it comes to VAR I’m now offside.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 2, 2019
Firmino's nipple, or something, deemed offside by an inconclusive VAR graphic. VAR will surely improve but at the moment it seems so pedantic and imperfect.
— Jonathan Northcroft (@JNorthcroft) November 2, 2019
Firmino’s nasal hair was offside there. A clear advantage for Liverpool.
— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) November 2, 2019
“If when VAR checks it’s that close it should go with the attacking side. No way they can measure from TV screens down to a few cms. Too arbitrary where the lines are drawn. ‘Happy’ there’s was given as it was so close, same with ours.”
– W00die on the forums.
Understand the frustration with players throwing themselves to the ground but Salah stayed on his feet despite being manhandled in the box and doesn’t get the decision.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) November 2, 2019
Salah gets pulled back by his neck
Mané's foot got stood on
Bobby wasn't offside
Remember when everyone said VAR was going to benefit us?
— Liam Grimshaw ? (@LFCLiamGrimshaw) November 2, 2019
There was no shying away from an overall poor performance, as areas for improvement were noted…
Forget VAR for now, we’ve been crap there. The organisation for the free-kick we conceded from was a shambles, midfielders are getting over run and out muscles and the front three have forgot how to pass and shoot.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) November 2, 2019
Incredible how bad Liverpool's decision-making and final ball have been today.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) November 2, 2019
#LFC are playing against a well-organised, dynamic, relentless Aston Villa side as well as against themselves – some of their decision-making has been staggeringly poor
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) November 2, 2019
Be nice to see the occasional pass into the box instead of 29472847th cross
— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) November 2, 2019
Since the last international break we've conceded first in all three league matches. Still won 7 of 9 possible points. Now, let's end this nasty habit next week against City.
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) November 2, 2019
But the mentality monsters were back at it, however, and fans were in awe once more…
When United were great under Ferguson they pulled off this sort of stuff all the time, and it was absolutely sickening. Fucking magic isn't it lads. Absolutely magic.
— Sean (@shornKOOMINS) November 2, 2019
Never in my life seen a Liverpool team with this much character. Absolutely fearless, never know when they're beaten. pic.twitter.com/o9ol7fM2Om
— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) November 2, 2019
Mentality Monsters! #ASVLIV
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) November 2, 2019
Not going to lie, I thought we weren't going to turn this one around. Absolutely unbelievable mentality from our lads again. I was gutted when I heard that Walker had scored a late winner for City, but imagine how they are feeling now.
— Green Scouser (@Green_Scouser) November 2, 2019
What a comeback from Liverpool, they just do not give up! This side is filled with skill, self belief and determination – a machine.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) November 2, 2019
What a team. What a winning mentality. The worst Liverpool have played in a long, long time, and yet – once again – somehow find a way to win.
— Matt Ladson (@mattladson) November 2, 2019
That was the definition of a win of champions. Wow
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) November 2, 2019
A gigantic final 10 mins from #LFC – and Sadio Mane in particular with a sublime assist and deft match-winning header – to showcase their powers of recovery again. On a difficult afternoon, several levels below their best and against a very determined Villa, it is A Big, Big Win
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) November 2, 2019