Goals from Joel Matip and Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead over Aston Villa, while an Alisson error nearly cost the Reds in the first half
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Liverpool have dug deep to keep the pressure on Manchester City in the Premier League title race and came from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 on the road on Tuesday.
Goals from Joel Matip and Sadio Mane on either side of the half put the Reds on course for victory at Villa Park, having previously fallen behind to a goal from Douglas Luiz.
A win isn’t enough to put Liverpool back at the top of the table – they are level on points with City but trailing the champions on goal difference. Pep Guardiola’s side also have a game coming up against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday night.
mirror sport has the latest Reds news after this brave away win.
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Liverpool put pressure on City
After losing ground to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, Liverpool were always going to find it crucial to get back on track on Tuesday.
The early Villa goal made things even more difficult for the Reds, although after Matip benefited from an unlucky home side defence, Klopp’s side were in charge of most of the game. Liverpool also arguably have the form player in the Premier League in Mane and he made a comeback when he was used as a centre-forward to decide the game.
“Liverpool’s top goalscorer in the purple spot since February, the Senegalese captain forcefully headed in a sweet Luis Diaz cross from the left wing, giving Martinez no chance,” wrote Nathan Ridley in his six conclusions from the game. Driving away from the Kopites who had made the journey to the Midlands, Mane reaffirmed his status as Klopp’s current talisman.”
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Alisson moment scares Reds
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker had an eventful game on Tuesday and made some important stops. There was one moment, however, that he luckily got away with.
The Brazilian inexplicably passed the ball straight to Ollie Watkins in the first half to make it 1-1, although luckily for the keeper the forward failed to save the ball and fired into an unguarded goal.
Alisson came to Liverpool’s rescue a couple of times after the break, pouncing on a loose touch from Danny Ings when he was on goal and then saving a raspy shot from the striker late on.
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Fans suggest Gerrard imitated Klopp
Although Steven Gerrard will be keen to follow in Klopp’s footsteps and one day become Liverpool manager, he was close to following the German literally step by step on Tuesday night at Villa Park.
When referee blew up Jon Moss at half-time, Klopp turned to the tunnel and began jogging towards the dressing room. Gerrard clearly had the same idea, and a number of supporters on social media pointed out the similarities between the couple’s actions.
Gerrard would have been pleased with his players’ performances against quality opponents that night. However, a lack of ruthlessness and composure in both boxes ultimately saw them fall short.
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