• Sat. Oct 29th, 2022

Liverpool secured a valuable three points with a 2-1 win over Aston Villa thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold

Apr 11, 2021

Liverpool stopped their poor run of home form with an important win over Aston Villa on Saturday.
A stoppage time winner from Trent Alexander-Arnold saw the Reds claim a 2-1 victory at Anfield, their first at their home stadium in the Premier League since December.
The game was not without controversy, with a Roberto Firmino goal on the stroke of half-time disallowed for Diogo jota being deemed offside in the build-up.
Jurgen Klopp and his players would be smiling in the end, as their win saw them move a step closer to the top four places.
Plenty of national media outlets were in attendance at Anfield to watch Liverpools win, heres how a selection of them saw the game.
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles
Melissa Reddy, forThe Independent
A late Trent Alexander-Arnold belter banished Liverpools Anfield blues, ending a winless run on the ground that spanned four months, slicing through Aston Villas European ambitions.
Jurgen Klopps men were on the verge of adding a latest episode to their How to Create, Dominate, but Lose series this season, but the relentless Mohamed Salah cancelled out an Ollie Watkins opener before the right-back morphed into a game-changer again.
Liverpool have been their biggest enemies this season, along with injuries and then followed by head-scratching VAR calls.
Klopp had more choice words for the technology on Saturday afternoon, when it ruled out Roberto Firminos goal for offside.
It would have served as an equaliser before the break, but the decision served as another example as to why the top flight needs to get in line with the Champions League approach and only rule for offside when the graphics prove a clear call.
This fixture was to be Liverpools platform to right a wrong that stands as one of the Premier Leagues greatest shocks, but it devolved into a rescue mission before Alexander-Arnolds curling beauty.
Must-read Liverpool FC news
Jonathan Northcroft, forThe Times
Games without supporters have the one benefit of letting us hear all the sounds football can offer. Tactical instructions, defenders commands, appeals to the referee, the squeals of the injured (and the not-really-injured), the whole rich tapestry of noises is there.
And at Anfield, at almost the end of this match, emerged a cacophony that will live in the memory, a heartfelt outpouring. It was the sound of people letting go of a distinctive emotion vindication, sweet vindication.
It came from Jürgen Klopp and his staff, who made so much noise you glanced towards the Kop to check that the fans were not somehow there.
It also came from a young footballer whose scream of joy articulated the difficult period he has been experiencing. Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 22-year-olds thumping stoppage-time winner broke Liverpools worst sequence of home results in history and pushed them back in contention for a Champions League place.
For Alexander-Arnold it was a how-do-you-like-me-now moment, a goal scored in front of Gareth Southgate, who dropped him from the England squad last month, and what a goal it was. Emiliano Martínez made an exceptional save to thwart Thiago Alcântara, who caught a close-range volley with full power, and Ross Barkley hooked a poor clearance to the edge of the area. There, collecting it, Alexander-Arnold moved smoothly into space to shoot and connected, sweet and true, half driving and half curling the ball into the far corner of the net.
Sign up for daily Liverpool news
Get all the latest Liverpool breaking news, team news, transfer rumours, injury updates plus analysis of what’s next for the Reds.
You’ll also get the latest transfer talk and analysis every day for FREE!
Sign up here – it only takes a few seconds!
Andy Hunter, forThe Guardian
Liverpool required redemption at Anfield and there was no better person to deliver it than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
A trying week for the England international, indeed a trying year on home soil for the Premier League champions, ended with the release of an emphatic 91st-minute winner against Aston Villa that maintained Liverpools momentum for a top-four finish. A long and damaging wait is over.
At the eighth time of asking, and after an unprecedented run of six successive defeats, Jürgen Klopps team could finally celebrate victory at Anfield in 2021 and one tinged with the satisfaction of avenging Octobers 7-2 humiliation at Villa Park.
Celebrate it they did. Klopp roared with a mix of joy and relief when Alexander-Arnold swept a stunning shot beyond Emiliano Martínez in stoppage time.
His backroom staff sprung from the bench in all directions while the defender, widely criticised after an error-strewn display against Real Madrid on Tuesday, stood in front of an empty Kop pointing to the Liver bird on his chest.
Three invaluable points won and one important point made to the watching Gareth Southgate.
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles
Oliver Holt, for theDaily Mail
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Liverpool have slipped into a dizzying cycle of sin and redemption as the champions have fallen from grace this season.
After ignominy against Real Madrid last week, the prodigiously gifted right-back chose glory against Aston Villa at Anfield and banished the embarrassment of a losing home run that stretched back to last year.
Alexander-Arnold, dropped from Gareth Southgates England squad, then the hero of Liverpools away win at Arsenal, was the fall-guy in Liverpools Champions League quarter-final defeat at Valdebebas, when he inadvertently guided a diving header into the path of Marco Asensio and allowed him to score Madrids second goal.
But, with Southgate watching on from the near-deserted main stand at Anfield and the game slipping into injury time with the scores level at 1-1, it was Alexander-Arnold who appeared on the edge of the Villa box, collected a loose ball after Emiliano Martinez had saved brilliantly from Thiago Alcantara and lashed the ball back past the goalkeeper into the bottom corner for the winner.
Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles