Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool keep up their bid at the top of the table with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Tuesday.
Aston Villa were ahead just three minutes into the game as Steven Gerrard’s side took the game to Liverpool. Defensive midfielder Luiz found himself in the box and tapped in from close range after Alison saved his initial header. But Liverpool levelled the game just two minutes later through Joel Matip.
Both teams had chances to take the lead in the first half but failed to convert on their chances. Danny Ings had a fantastic chance to score against his former side with a header but he could not convert. Sadio Mane had the ball in that back of the net in the second half but the goal was ruled out for a close offside call.
Alexander-Arnold found the side netting with a free-kick at the start of the second half. Both sides had chances yet again to take the lead. Danny Ings in particular had a couple of chances that he should have scored from. But Sadio Mane made the home side retreat their missed chances as he scored a header in the 65th minute from a Luiz Diaz cross.
Aston Villa player ratings
Emi Martinez 6
The Argentian made a couple of decent saves and was very good with distribution and with the ball at his feet.
Matty Cash 7
Very lively and ran the showdown on the right flank. Delivered some brilliant crosses into the box but sadly no one could take advantage of the crosses.
Ezri Konsa – 6
Looked a little bit shaky and made a couple of rash decisions.
Tyrone Mings 5
At fault for the Liverpool opener but he did make a lot of clearances from the crosses delivered into the box.
Lucas Digne 7
Just like Cash, Digne was brilliant and delivered some fantastic crosses into the boxes.
John McGinn 6
Travelled from box to box, made a lot of tackles and gave away a lot of fouls.
Marvelous Nakamba 5
The midfielder looked a bit rusty after returning to the team after his injury.
Douglas Luiz 7
Scored the opening goal of the game. But he was used back to a deeper position in the second half.
Philippe Coutinho 6
Didn’t quite have the impact he would have liked fracking his former side.
Ollie Watkins 7
He was involved in every way for the Aston Villa opener. But he continued to annoy the Liverpool backline ven late on.
Danny Ings 5
The English striker should have recorded at least one goal on the day and missed plenty of chances to help his side.
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