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Liverpool moved level on points with title rivals Manchester City as they came from behind to win 2-1 against Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa.

The Reds icon’s current side made a fast start to the Villa Park clash, with former City player Douglas Luiz putting Villa ahead inside three minutes.

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Gerrard’s men gave his boyhood club a good game

But Liverpool claimed the all-important three points

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But Liverpool claimed the all-important three points

Alarm bells were ringing in the Liverpool camp but they were soon silenced as they hit back straight away through Joel Matip’s goal.

Both sides had great chances to retake the lead in the first half with Sadio Mane and Naby Keita going close for the visitors, while former Red Danny Ings spurned a glorious chance for the hosts.

Chances were fewer and far between after the break but there was one more goal in the contest with Mane’s glancing header proved to be the decisive moment.

The goal saw Liverpool become the second team have three players reach 15+ goals in a single campaign – Mohamed Salah (22) and Diogo Jota (15) the others.

As for the title race, it’s over to City, who take on Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday night.

Klopp’s men are behind Man City on goal difference but City have played a match less

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Klopp’s men are behind Man City on goal difference but City have played a match less


After their draw against Tottenham at the weekend, Liverpool could ill-afford another hiccup, however, Klopp took the risk of ringing around the changes which most notably saw Salah benched.

The much-changed team made a horrible start as they found themselves behind early on. The opener came from Luiz, who had a brief spell at Man City, lashing the ball home after Alisson couldn’t hold onto his initial header.

But Liverpool were level three minutes later as Matip fired in on the stretch after the ball pinballed around the box.

Liverpool were given a fright by Luiz’s opener

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Liverpool were given a fright by Luiz’s opener

But Matip levelled the scores just three minutes later

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But Matip levelled the scores just three minutes later

It looked like Mane had put them 2-1 up just shy of the 20-minute mark but he headed Kostas Tsimikas’ cross from the left just wide.

Ings then had a glorious chance to score but the English striker headed John McGinn’s cross from the left with Alisson in no-man’s land.

Moments later Liverpool were hit with a setback as Fabinho hobbled off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Keita made a complete hash of things after Trent Alexander-Arnold picked him out with a low cross.

On another night Ings could’ve had three

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On another night Ings could’ve had three

Keita should’ve done better with this chance on 34 minutes

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Keita should’ve done better with this chance on 34 minutes

There was much better defensive discipline from both sides after the break but almost out of nowhere, Liverpool found themselves in front.

On 65 minutes, Thiago’s tackle broke through to Mane, who played it forward to Luis Diaz. The Colombian then returned it to Mane with a pinpoint cross from the left and the man in form did the rest with a glancing header beyond Emi Martinez.

Mane had a shot cleared off the line by Matty Cash, this coming after Alisson did well to smother the ball from Ings, who found himself through on goal.

Alisson was called into action by Ings again as he saved his effort from a tight angle. That proved to be the most scary moment for Liverpool after they took the lead as they held on for what could be a crucial three points.

Mane is in brilliant form and earned Liverpool some more crucial points

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Mane is in brilliant form and earned Liverpool some more crucial points

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