LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the decisive goal in stoppage time as Liverpool fought back to a 2-1 win over Aston Villa and temporarily reached the Premier League top four on Saturday.
Juergen Klopp’s side enjoyed their first home win in 2021 after right-back Alexander-Arnold scored with a slick from the edge of the box into death.
After a humiliating 7-2 defeat at Villa Park in October, defending champions Liverpool got off to a better start at Anfield as strikers Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota challenged goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez with early efforts. .
But Villa, with a trailing style of play, found his breakthrough in the 43rd minute when John McGinn neatly passed the ball into striker Ollie Watkins, who dodged the ball under Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson’s right arm. .
Liverpool responded almost immediately via Roberto Firmino but his goal was blown away by the VAR as Jota was supposed to have been slightly offside during a match-fixing phase.
The hosts, however, equalized in the 12th minute of the second half thanks to Salah’s header after the initial strike by left-back Andy Robertson was blocked by Martinez and Alexander- Arnold won all three points.
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