Liverpool have tied for first place with Manchester City with 86 points in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Tuesday night.
Early goals in the first half of Douglas Louise and Joel Matip left the level of the game on vacation, s Sadio Mane in the 65th minute scored a key winner to give Liverpool three points and keep hopes of beating City, who have a game less and a superior goal difference, to the title.
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Liverpool, who have two matches left, left five minutes ago when Luiz jumped on a deflected ball from his own head defense and threw the ball into the roof of the net and brought Villa into the early lead.
Matip returned Jurgen Klopp’s team to a flat position a few minutes later, throwing a shot from Virgil van Dijk who was blocked on his way and reached out to score at home and scored 1-1.
The guests, unusually nervous, failed for about half an hour as a defensive midfielder Fabinho he was forced injured after the first half ended the level.
Mane – who has a great record against Aston Villa with nine goals in 10 games against them – appeared in the second half and scored an assist at home Luis Diaz to give Liverpool the lead they would hold on to. It was his 15th league goal of the season, the third Liverpool player to score at least that value in this campaign after Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota.
“He’s a machine, I told him after the game. He’s a massive player. His physique is brutal. He’s a mix of technique, desire and physicality when everyone has a few yards in their feet at the moment,” Klopp said. “You can see it with him, to be honest. Best goal, he’s just a fantastic world-class player.”
Liverpool, who can still win four, have a busy end to an already packed campaign, playing Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 14 and Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 28, along with the remaining Premier League games against Southampton and the Wolves on the 17th. May 22 in between.
“It’s always been hard and we have to keep going. We’re in the same position as before the game. It was a great game and three more points,” the Liverpool captain said. Jordan Henderson he told Sky Sports.
“We’re concentrating on what we need to do. It’s another big game for the weekend, the FA Cup final and that’s why we need to recover. It’s out of our control [the title race]we don’t need to spend energy on it. “
Villa Steven Gerrard remains in 11th place with 43 points from three games until the end starting at Crystal Palace on Sunday.