BIRMINGHAM. Liverpool found a way to turn the table against Aston Villa to win 2-1. It was Aston Villa to strike first with an early goal of D. Luiz at the 4′. Then it was a goal in the 6′ minute to make things even for 1-1. Eventually, S. Mane gave the win to Liverpool in the 65′ minute with a goal. Liverpool was vastly superior ball possession (61%) was among the key factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Villa Park stadium in Birmingham on Tuesday and it started at 8:00 pm local time. The referee was Jonathan Moss who was helped by Lee Betts and Tim Wood. The 4th official was Andy Madley. The weather was clear. The temperature was hot around 28.4 degrees Celsius or 83.14 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 45%.
Liverpool was in firm control of the ball 61% while Aston Villa was struggling with a 39% ball possession.
Liverpool was more aggressive with 52 dangerous attacks and 17 shots of which 6 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Liverpool won the match.
Aston Villa shot 10 times, 5 on target, 5 off target. On the other side, Liverpool shot 17 times, 6 on target, 11 off target.
No yellow cards were issued to Aston Villa. On the opposite side, No yellow cards were issued to Liverpool.
After playing this match, Aston Villa will stay with 43 points like Brentford and Newcastle United to stay in the 11th place. On the other side, Liverpool will have 83 points to stay in the 2nd place.
Liverpool will play away against Southampton on the 17th of May with a 12-4 head to head stats in favor of Liverpool (3 draws).
Aston Villa: Formation and Lineups
Aston Villa started with a 4-3-1-2 line-up (4-3-1-2).
The manager Steven Gerrard chose to play with the following team: Emiliano Martínez , Matty Cash , Ezri Konsa , Tyrone Mings , Lucas Digne , Douglas Luiz , Marvelous Nakamba , John McGinn , Philippe Coutinho , Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings .
Aston Villa made 3 changes: M. Nakamba for C. Chukwuemeka (61′), Coutinho for E. Buendia (70′) and O. Watkins for B. Traore (81′).
Top player: Douglas Luiz
The player who no doubt impressed Aston Villa the most was Douglas Luiz.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 34 passes (85% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 9.
Liverpool: Formation and Lineups
Liverpool started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
On the opposite side, Jürgen Klopp played with: Alisson , Trent Alexander-Arnold , Joël Matip , Virgil van Dijk , Konstantinos Tsimikas , Naby Keïta , Fabinho , Curtis Jones , Luis Díaz , Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota .
Liverpool made 3 changes: Fabinho for J. Henderson (30′), C. Jones for Thiago (62′) and L. Diaz for M. Salah (71′).
Top player: Sadio Mané
Probably the most impressive player in Liverpool was Sadio Mané.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 30 passes (73% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 8 duels out of 15. He performed 2 crosses.