Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool: 3 reasons why the Reds won | Premier League 2019-20
Villa's Egyptian midfielder Trezeguet scored the opener thanks to a well-timed run as he connected with a John McGinn free-kick, sending the ball beyond Allison Becker for his first-ever goal for Villa in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp's men then launched a prolonged siege on the Villa defence, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah leading the spirited offence as Liverpool defiantly tried to prolong their 10-month unbeaten run and preserve their points advantage over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City.
In the 87th minute, Roberston ensured the Reds' air of invincibility was preserved, thanks to a great header at the far post, and in the dying embers of the game, Mane won all three points for Klopp's resilient outfit, as he connected superbly with a Trent-Alexander Arnold corner.
The Reds walked on once again unscathed, and to the delight of their fans, they sit at the top of the PL table with a 6-point cushion over Man City. In this article, we discuss three reasons why Liverpool won.
#3 Aston Villa crack under intense Liverpool pressure
Dean Smith's men proved to be formidable challengers for Liverpool, as they managed to keep the European champions at bay for much of the encounter, with wave after wave of Liverpool attacking incursions thwarted by Tom Heaton and his cohorts.
The Lions had a great first half, as they matched the Reds pound for pound in the first 45 minutes and deservedly took the lead in that spell. However, in the second half, they came under an intense and sustained Liverpool barrage, finally succumbing in the dying embers of the game.
Jurgen Klopp's men had a total of 25 shots in the encounter, with a staggering 73 per cent of the possession at Villa Park. The Lions were defiant, however, the intensity of Liverpool's assault required 100 per cent concentration for 90 minutes. Smith's men blinked late on and were swiftly punished.