The Reds are not giving up in the title race. Liverpool players went to win on the lawn of Aston Villa on Tuesday in the late match of the 33rd day of Premier (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 are still shown a notch with the rapid equalization of Liverpool through Matip in the six meters after a big mess and certainly some 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).
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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.
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