Aston Villa already smells the Champions League in Klopp’s last away game with Liverpool

Aston Villa already smells the Champions League in Klopp’s last away game with Liverpool
Aston Villa already smells the Champions League in Klopp’s last away game with Liverpool

The fans of Aston Villa and Liverpool The days left until the end of the season are already counting. The villains to certify their ticket to Championssomething they couldn’t do in their first ‘match ball’ against the reds, but that they can achieve equaling the result of the spurs next Sunday or if Tottenham doesn’t win against City this Tuesday. Visitors to farewell Klopp at Anfieldin his last game as Liverpool manager.

The match began at a fast pace, with the usual ‘rock and roll’ of those from Merseyside and kicking off when the spectators had not even had time to settle into their seats. It was in a powerful drive of Elliott breaking lines, combining with Salah and placing a cross from a corner of the area. A priori the play did not seem to be dangerous, but along the way the ball touched Pau Torreshe caught Dibu a little out of position and in his attempt to rectify he put the ball into the goal in an absurd own goal (2′).

In the following minutes, Aston Villa was still somewhat disoriented and Salah was about to score the second, in his usual play, which again touched Pau Torres and went just past the post.

Exchange of blows and goals

It took ten minutes for the team to get the pulse of the game. Emery, but he did it with very clear ideas. The motto was to send balls into space Watkins, Bailey and Diaby so that they could finish the play themselves or waiting for arrivals from behind. This is how the tie came Tielemans (12′), who from the edge of the area directed a low shot that hit the post.

In the 22′ Gakpo He overtook Liverpool again, taking advantage of a death pass from the hyperactive Harry Elliott.

From that moment on the public Villa Park He began to fight harder than ever to try to make a comeback. He was close to achieving equality again Diego Carlos, who touched the ball at goalmouth, but not with enough force to push it. Diaby also wasted a one for one against Alisson sending the ball to the clouds.

Second part of similar script

Emery’s team came out cold again and he did not forgive Quansahtaking advantage of a set piece served with music to Elliot’s far post and finishing with an impressive turn of the neck to the long post (48′).

The street runner continued and both Aston Villa and Liverpool found the goal again, although on both occasions with goals canceled due to millimetric offsides by the passers. Bailey and Diazwho had left the goal on a plate to Watkins and Elliot in traced plays.

In the final stretch Alisson and Emi They seemed determined not to let more goals fall, but They last I had other plans. An error in ball exit Mac Allister It was taken advantage of by the Colombian with a dry shot that kissed the wood and against which the Brazilian goalkeeper could do nothing (84′). In the madness of the last ten minutes Darwin Nuñez He beat ‘Dibu’, but it became the third goal disallowed due to offside and a sign of what was going to happen. A pass from Diaby hit the coffee grower’s body, changing the trajectory of the ball completely and beating Alisson (87′). In injury time he had a shot from point-blank range Diaby which was repelled with his biceps by the red goalkeeper, a hero in the final minutes. Qualification for the Champions League will have to wait.

Formation: 4231 Premier League playing field

1Emiliano Martínez


Alisson Becker1

4Ezri Konsa

Trent Alexander-Arnold66

12Lucas Digne

Joe Gomez2

3Diego Carlos

Jarell Quansah78


14Pau Torres

Virgil van Dijk4

31Leon Bailey

Alexis Mac Allister10

elevenOllie Watkins


19Moussa Diaby

Mohamed Salaheleven

7John McGinn


25Robin Olsen

Caoimhín Kelleher62

Ibrahima Konaté5

17Clement Lenglet

Kostas Tsimikastwenty-one

29Kaine Kesler-Hayden

Conor Bradley84

69Finley Munroe

22Nicolò Zaniolo



47Tim Iroegbunam

71Omari Kellyman

Stefan Bajcetic43

24John Duran




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