Sadio Mane scored the match-winner as Liverpool kept their Premier League hopes alive in one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action. Douglas Luiz opened the scoring in the third minute before Joel Matip equalized in the sixth minute. Mane scored the match-winner in the 65th minute to help Liverpool move three points behind leaders Manchester City with two games to go.
Aston Villa: Martinez (6), Cash (7), Konsa (6), Mings (6), Digne (6), Luiz (7), McGinn (6), Nakamba (6), Coutinho (7), Ings (5), Watkins (7).
Subs: Chukwuemeka (6), Buendia (6), Traore (6).
Liverpool: Alisson (5), Alexander-Arnold (6), Matip (6), Van Dijk (6), Tsimikas (5), Fabinho (6), Jones (6), Keita (6), Diaz (7), Jota (6), Mane (8).
Subs: Henderson (6), Thiago (6), Salah (6).
Man of the match: Sadio Mane.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “Massive, outstanding, incredible mentality. We changed five of the team so we needed time to find our way into the game and the opponent was there from the beginning. The main issue was losing balls in the wrong areas. From there, it is difficult to get any rhythm. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, we began controlling the game. We scored the second incredible goal, Luis [Diaz] sensational, Sadio [Mane] made the world of it. Then, you have to dig deep. Yes, they had moments, a big chance with Ingsy [Danny Ings]. If my players were not as good as they are I would be here talking about different stuff but their quality and mentality is the reason why we are where we are.”
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “We have to take those big moments we created in the game. I am slightly frustrated we didn’t score more than once. The positive for me is that we were courageous and went toe to toe with the best team in the world. I am extremely proud. I’m sure Danny [Ings] is going to play one or two of those moments in his head on the way home.”
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