Liverpool suffer and come back with epic before Madrid

An Alexander-Arnold goal brings Klopp's side to life as they battle to qualify for the Champions League next year. The German coach played with all his starters, except Keita and Mané.


Liverpool once again have the keys to Anfield. It has been to the eighth game of 2021, after six defeats and a draw in their fiefdom, where they had only registered one goal in favor, when Jürgen Klopp's men have added three points at home in the Premier League. It was, yes, in the 90th minute: Alexander-Arnold picked up the ball at the peak of the area after a save by Emi Martínez, he outlined himself and sent his shot to the long post. Goal, 2-1, comeback and victory to get a run before the most important game they have. With two goals in favor at Anfield for the first time this year, the 'reds' need at least the same number of goals in favor if they want to eliminate Real Madrid next Wednesday. Jurgen Klopp made only two changes from his line-up in Valdebebas. Mané and Keita lost their place to give entry to Firmino and Milner, so most of the players had to use themselves thoroughly a few days after and a few days before the key duel against Real Madrid. Not surprisingly: if they don't win the Champions League - and that of course means coming back from the quarter-finals - the only option to qualify is by entering the top four of the table ... and Liverpool are not yet among them. Watkins struck first to the visitors. Kabak did not measure well and Alisson failed to stop the ball, so the English striker, with his 12th of the season, put Aston Villa ahead before the break. Moments later, the VAR annulled a goal to Firmino for a millimetric offside, but Liverpool had the entire second half left to continue pressing.First it was Salah who made the tie, placing himself as the top gunner in the English league next to Harry Kane (19 goals). Before, the Egyptian and Jota, who started, missed the best opportunities. Between Salah's goal and Liverpool's previous one at Anfield, almost 13 hours of football had passed, an eternity, an anomaly for such an offensive team. In the last gasp, Alexander-Arnold's goal propels the 'reds' to a virtual top-4, which while waiting for their rivals to play the games is the least they could hope for this season.

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