Sadio Mane leads the winner as Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday and keep their hopes of reclaiming the Premier League title back from leaders Manchester City. Liverpool stays in title hunt with Villa win.
With Liverpool clinching an 86-point win over Manchester City at the top of the table, the champions still have one game to play, with a game away to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Any hopes Villa manager Steven Gerrard had given his old club an easy ride were quickly dashed as his side kicked off the block in front of a raucous home crowd.
They took a third-minute lead when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson fired a header from Douglas Luiz straight back into the Brazilian forward’s path, who shot from close range with defenders Kostas Tsimikas and Joel Matip both prostrate on the ground.
Jurgen Klopp’s side levelled less than three minutes later when Virgil van Dijk met Trent Alexander-Arnold’s free-kick, though Villa keeper Emiliano Martin Nes managed to aid his effort, but Matip stabbed the rebound.
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The guests were strangely anxious, experiencing a misfortune around the half-hour mark as cautious midfielder Fabinho had to experience a physical issue that put his capacity to play in Saturday’s FA Cup last against Chelsea in genuine uncertainty.
In the second half, however, Senegalese forward Mane gave his team the lead in the 65th minute with a clever header from Luis Diaz’s cross.
It was his 15th league goal of the season and the third Liverpool player after Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota to reach at least that goal this season.
Estate striker Danny Ings constrained a few fine saves from Alisson late and his objective was administered offside with under five minutes left. Liverpool, nonetheless, are immovably level with Manchester City for no less than 24 hours.
“It’s always tough and we have to keep going. We’re in the same position we were in before the game. It’s an important game, another three points,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson told Sky Sports.
“We’re focused on what we need to do. It’s another big game at the weekend, the FA Cup final, and we have to recover for that. It’s out of our control (the title race) and we don’t need to waste energy there. above.”
Villa remain in 11th place and next face Crystal Palace on Sunday.