Late Alexander-Arnold strike earns Liverpool 2-1 win over Aston Villa | Soccer Information

LIVERPOOL: Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s damage time winner ended Liverpool’s report run of dwelling defeats to beat Aston Villa 2-1 and transfer as much as fourth within the Premier League on Saturday.
The English champions had misplaced their earlier six video games at Anfield and fell behind once more when Alisson Becker did not preserve out Ollie Watkins‘s first-half strike.
Liverpool had been then controversially denied an equaliser as a doubtful VAR evaluate dominated out Roberto Firmino’s reply.
However Mohamed Salah levelled simply earlier than the hour mark earlier than Alexander-Arnold responded in fashion to the criticism he has obtained of late.
The best-back was dropped from England supervisor Gareth Southgate’s squad final month and was at fault for Actual Madrid’s second aim as Liverpool misplaced the primary leg of their Champions League quarter-final in opposition to the Spanish giants 3-1 on Tuesday.
Alexander-Arnold’s attacking output has been a outstanding a part of Liverpool’s success within the final three seasons underneath Jurgen Klopp and the 22-year-old confirmed what he can do with a superb end to twist the ball into the far nook.
Victory takes Liverpool again into pole place for a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League as they leapfrog West Ham, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The primary cracks in a troublesome season for Liverpool emerged when Villa received their first assembly of the season 7-2 at Villa Park in October.
That was previous to the Reds dropping Virgil van Dijk to a season-ending damage that has destabilised their whole marketing campaign.
Villa have additionally suffered dropping their talismanic expertise in Jack Grealish over the previous two months.
Dean Smith’s males have now received solely twice in eight video games with out the England worldwide to see their hopes of a top-four end come up brief.
After back-to-back league wins for the primary time in 2021, Liverpool began brightly in an try and put their Anfield hoodoo behind them.
Salah got here closest to opening the scoring for Klopp’s males earlier than the break when he prodded simply large after pouncing on a slack passback by Tryone Mings.
Alisson was additionally at fault in Madrid in midweek as he let Vinicius Junior’s effort by his grasp for Actual’s very important third aim.
The Brazilian made the identical mistake as Watkins’s strike was straight down the center of the aim, however had an excessive amount of energy for Alisson’s weak hand two minutes earlier than half-time.
Liverpool nonetheless thought that they had levelled earlier than the break when Firmino turned dwelling a unfastened ball on the again publish.
Nonetheless, the aim was dominated out after a prolonged VAR evaluate for offside in opposition to Diogo Jota within the build-up regardless of inconclusive proof.
To their credit score, that disappointment didn’t knock the stuffing out of the hosts as they began the second interval on the entrance foot.
Liverpool received their reward on 57 minutes when Salah headed dwelling his 28th aim of the season after Emiliano Martinez may solely parry Andy Robertson’s highly effective strike.
One other Egyptian worldwide was inches away from restoring Villa’s lead on the different finish moments later as Trezeguet’s shot got here again off the within of the publish.
Klopp launched Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri off the bench in a bid for a winner and the adjustments made the specified impression.
Martinez produced one other beautiful save to disclaim Thiago turning dwelling Shaqiri’s cross, however the unfastened ball got here to Alexander-Arnold, who with Southgate in attendance, fired a well timed reminder of the standard he possesses.

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