A shoe in the 90th minute by Trent Alexander Arnold rescued Liverpool at Anfield, against Aston Villa (2-1), which disguised the lack of success during the entire clash of Jurgen Klopp’s team, four days before receiving, in this stage, to Real Madrid in the return of the Champions League.
Liverpool, eight games later, won again at their stadium. With a European position at stake, Liverpool recovered from Madrid’s blow with a late but well-deserved victory against an opponent who took the lead and could further complicate the accelerated and aimless champion.
Klopp’s team, which left Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcántara on the bench and turned to Roberto Firmino and James Milner as alternatives, permanently stalked the visiting area but again and again crashed with Argentine goal Emiliano Martínez.
An error by Alisson Becker allowed Dean Smith’s team to take the lead with two minutes left when Olie Watkins scored after receiving a ball from John McGinn.
Liverpool, who had had countless chances, were unable to score. He did it in the added time of the first half through Firmino but the VAR, by millimeters, invalidated the goal.
It was at game time when he achieved the equalizer in a great play by Robertson on the left that ended with a great shot that Emiliano Martínez deflected. Salah, attentive, took advantage of the rejection to tie.
Aston Villa was able to regain their advantage with an action from Ollie Watkins and a shot from the stick of the Egyptian Trezeguet.
Overcome the scare, Liverpool recovered the pulse of the match. Mane came out and so did Xherdan Shaqiri. And in 1990, after Emiliano Martínez made the great save of the match to a shot from Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander Arnold picked up the ball outside the area, prepared and executed a powerful shot that was impossible for the Argentine goalkeeper.
The triumph relieved Liverpool, who were reunited with victory at Anfield where they had not won since December to place themselves fourth in the Premier League standings. Eight games without winning at home before hosting Real Madrid.