The Reds are not giving up in the title race. Liverpool players won on the lawn of Aston Villa on Tuesday in a late match of the 33rd day of the Premier League (1-2). They thus return to the height of the leader Manchester City who will play Wednesday in Wolverhampton (86 points and +68 against +65 in favor of the Citizens). Very quickly led after a goal by Douglas Luiz (3rd), Jürgen Klopp’s players suffered but quickly equalized by Joël Matip (6th) before taking a definitive advantage thanks to Sadio Mané (65th). They put pressure on their competitors.
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Contrary to what some observers announced, the Villans of Steven Gerrard, legend of Liverpool, showed no docility in this meeting. From the first seconds, they pressed loud and clear to push back visitors who put their foot on the ball but above all seriously lacked bearings with a redesigned starting lineup. Unusual left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas suffered as Trent Alexander-Arnold on the other side. Ollie Watkins stumbled on Alisson (3rd), but Douglas Luiz deceived the goalkeeper in stride following a cross from Lucas Digne (1-0, 3rd).
Already intense, the debates went up a notch with the rapid equalization of Liverpool through Matip in the six meters after a big mess and certainly a few unwhistled faults (1-1, 6th). The ball continued to circulate from one surface to another at full speed and Digne missed the target (12th) just like Mané on the other side (13th). The Senegalese also placed a nice header on a cross from Tsimikas but the ball ended up on the left of the frame (19th). Liverpool also got hot when Alisson missed out on Watkins who, surprised, failed to punish him (21st). Fabinho who was struggling in the game, even came out injured (30th).
Sadio Mané (Liverpool) in the middle of the Aston Villa pincer, May 10, 2022 in the Premier League
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The two teams went blow for blow in this unbridled first period with Philippe Coutinho, another former Red, who showed his technical qualities before lacking precision in the finish (33rd) while Naby Keïta missed the boat in six meters (34th). Liverpool still slowly took the upper hand in midfield like Curtis Jones who gained momentum but took off his attempt a little too much (45th + 1).
The quadruple remains possible
Things did not change on the restart with a free kick from Alexander-Arnold which flirted with the net of Emiliano Martinez (48th) and the immediate response of Aston Villa on which Coutinho slipped in the zone of truth when hitting (49th). Launched just after the hour mark, Thiago Alcantara brought more control to the visitors. Luis Diaz spun on the left after a recovery in the opposing camp and Mané nicely took over his cross halfway up with a small uncrossed header (1-2, 65th). He now has 15 league goals this season.
Aston Villa did not give up and Danny Ings gave work to Alisson (68th). Barely out of the bench (71st), Mohamed Salah also forced Martinez to intervene (72nd). Ings returned to the charge (84th) and even scored but was offside (85th). On the sidelines, Klopp was not at all calm. The German coach was finally able to smile again as his men returned to success after their draw against Tottenham (1-1). The quadruple remains possible for the Reds who have two matches left to play in the league but also two finals including the next in the Cup against Chelsea this weekend.
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