Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League (36), Villa Park
May 10, 2022
With a misstep on the weekend, any margin for error was all but wiped away for Liverpool with nothing but perfection from here on out needed to keep pressure on Man City, at the very least.
Unlike the slow burner last time out, only a handful of minutes were needed to see this one erupt.
For the third game in succession, though, Liverpool conceded first with Douglas Luiz following in his header that spilt from Alisson‘s grasp.
A clear offside in the preceding move to Villa’s goal led to a sense of injustice, and Matip swiftly righted the earlier wrong with a close-range finish for 1-1 – Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk key in propelling the ball forward.
It did not stop Liverpool from flirting further with danger at the back with the match played at a frenetic pace, providing plenty of impetus for the Villa faithful and players.
Half time: Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
- Joel Matip and Sadio Mane score for the Reds
- Fabinho forced off with first-half hamstring injury
- Reds remain second on goal difference, 3 behind City
- FA Cup final next up for Klopp’s men
Liverpool enjoyed a more settled start to the second half than they had in the first, Trent Alexander-Arnold nearly brilliantly teeing up Luis Diaz as the right-back rose to prominence in an eye-catching second half.
The manager needn’t wait long with Thiago‘s midfield block triggering a push forward with Diaz putting it on a platter for Mane to head home – all reminiscent of that goal in 2019/20.
The final moments were tense for the Liverpool faithful as the 90th minute loomed, but without further incident, it was three points added, and who knows how valuable they may be.
TIA Man of the Match: Sadio Mane
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Nakamba (Chukwuemeka 62′), Douglas Luiz; Coutinho (Buendia 70′), Ings, Watkins (Traore 82′)
Subs not used: Olsen, Chambers, Chrisene, Young, Iroegbunam, Sanson
Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Gomez, Milner, Origi, Firmino