Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Mane scores as Reds return to winning ways

Liverpool vs Aston Villa: Mane scores as Reds return to winning ways

- Liverpool vs Aston Villa ended in a comfortable 2-0 win for the Reds

- The Premier League champions make it 24 consecutive wins in the Premier League at Anfield

- Mane and Jones got on the score sheet for Jurgen Klopp's men

Liverpool continued their perfect home record at Anfield stadium as Sadio Mane scored his 50th home goal for the club in their 2-0 win against Aston Villa on Sunday, July 5.

The Reds looked to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat to rivals Man City when they welcomed to relegation-threatened Aston Villa to Anfield.

After a brilliant first 20 minutes against Man City, Liverpool were blown away by Pep Guardiola’s team who put four past Alisson to send Jurgen Klopp’s men a big warning ahead of next season.

Looking to bounce back from that defeat, Liverpool went up against Aston Villa as they were again given a guard of honour.

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But it was not until the 34th minute that the game produced its first shot on target, Douglas Luiz’s powerful half-volley from the edge of the area went straight at Alisson.

Mohamed Salah took Liverpool’s first shot in the game in the 38th minute as the Egyptian scuffed an effort from a tight angle which was never going to trouble Reina.

After a boring first half, Aston Villa were still in the ascendancy at the start of the second half as El Ghazi’s low shot in the 52nd minute was well saved by Alisson.

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Jurgen Klopp was forced to make a triple change in the 61st minute as Fabinho, Origi and Oxlade-Chamberlain came off for Henderson, Firmino and Wijnaldum.

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Liverpool vs Aston Villa saw Sadio Mane score his 50th goal at Anfield. Photo: Getty Images
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That seemed to have paid off as Liverpool took the lead in the 71st minute as Naby Keita's incisive cross from the left of the box was diverted in off the cross bar by Sadio Mane.

Mane's strike was his 20th goal in all competitions this season. The Senegalese international has now managed to reach this total in each of his last three campaigns for Liverpool.

Five minutes later, it could have been 2-0 as Firmino and Salah combine on the edge of the box but the Brazilian's shot was well saved by Pepe Reina.

But Liverpool got their second in the 89th minute as substitution Curtis Jones marked his new contract with a goal.

A fantastic move from Liverpool saw Henderson and Jones combine well in the midfield before finding Robertson on the left.

The Scot's cross found Salah at the back post, who cushioned a header into the path of Jones as the teenager beats Reina from close range. It was his first Premier League goal for Liverpool

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After 90 minutes, the game ended 2-0 in favour of Liverpool as the Premier League champions returned to winning ways.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the top four race is heating up with up to six clubs in contention for a place in the Champions League with just five matches left to end the season.

Match-week 33 saw Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal all record crucial wins in their respective fixtures played on Saturday, July 4.

Man United recorded a huge 5-2 win over relegation battlers Bournemouth to momentarily go fourth on the standings, but had to come from a goal down to secure the result.

The win catapulted them to fourth on the league charts with 57 points before later dropping back to fifth, two points behind Chelsea who salvaged a 3-0 win over Watford.

Leicester City remain third on the charts with 58 points all thanks to their 3-0 win against Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium.

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