Liverpool are still “chasing like crazy” for Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, said Jurgen Klopp after beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Tuesday. The first two are now tied in points, but City remain at the top by goal difference and have a game less away to the Wolves on Wednesday. Liverpool could afford another miss after Tottenham kept it 1-1 at home for the weekend, and it started the worst possible when Douglas Luiz fired the Villa in front after three minutes.
“We’re still racing like crazy,” Klopp said. “We just know we have to win, that hasn’t changed and now we have to recover to play in the FA Cup final. No mercy.”
However, the win cost as Fabinho limped due to a muscle injury that left him in great doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup final and the Champions League final against Real Madrid on 28 May.
“He felt a muscle, not too much,” Klopp added. “He’s pretty positive, but I’m not sure what I can do about it, to be honest.”
Visitors looked like a much changed side as Villa jumped out of the traps and caught a cold.
Alisson deflected Luiz’s header, but only returned to the path of his Brazilian international teammate and scored a high jump into the net.
Villa won this game 7-2 last season, but this time Liverpool returned immediately from an early recognition shot.
The home side were not entertained by a free kick in the penalty area, and the ball eventually bounced to Virgil van Dijk to the square for his central partner Matip to apply the final touch.
Chances continued to linger at both ends in a frantic first half.
Liverpool’s tough schedule began to manifest itself physically when Fabinho limped off with a tendon injury in the middle of the first half.
However, Liverpool went through speed in the second period to show the class gap between the parties.
“We have to take advantage of the great moments we have created in the game,” Gerrard said. “I am frustrated that we have not scored more than once.
“We were ambitious, brave and courageous against one of the best teams in the world.”
The arrival of Luis Diaz in January played a big part in keeping Klopp’s men in the fight for four trophies.
The Colombian created a winner while teasing Tyrone Mings before Maneu scored an accurate cross for his 22nd goal of the season.
There were still nervous moments for Liverpool in the final quarter as Villa struggled to unravel their high line.
Twice Ings failed to take advantage when he played on goal before he was offside when he finally cleared the ball into the net.
But Liverpool have held on and will hope Gerrard will finally be able to save them in the race for the title.
Gerrard famously never won the title during his rich playing career at Anfield, but will take Villa to face City at the Etihad on the last day of the season.
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