[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw.
Dean Smith’s side started on the front foot, dominating play for the majority of the first half and Trezeguet took the lead in the 21st minute for the Villans. The Egyptian pounced on McGinn’s intricate free kick, volleying the ball into the back of Liverpool’s net. From Tom Heaton to the attack, Villa were solid defensively as well as threatening Klopp’s back line on the counter attack with Hourihane going close to extending the home sides lead in the 81st minute. After giving there all for the majority of the game, Aston Villa showed signs of fatigue late in the second half which coincidently saw the away side equalise through full back Robertson who’s accurate header from close range beat Heaton in the net. Then, reminiscent of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United sides, Liverpool secured the win in the 94th minute as Mané’s header caused the away fans to explode with excitement.
Despite not picking up any points after being in a winning position for the large majority of the game, the Villa faithful should not hold their heads in disappointment with each player in claret and blue putting in a great performance, meaning that my Man of the Match for today’s game is the whole team. Every member of Dean Smith’s side gave everything for the shirt, emulating a pack of wolves hunting down their prey. Fitness was the only difference between Liverpool and Aston Villa as Klopp’s side pushed on late into the game which ultimately decided the outcome of the fixture. Players such as Anwar El Ghazi and Mahmoud Trezeguet looked completely different as they continually contributed defensively as well as offensively, proving to be the most creative players within the squads. Also, despite Wesley coming under scrutiny over the past few weeks, the Brazilian had one of his best games against the Premier League leaders as he chased down the ball as well as bringing attacking players into play.
A fantastic team performance from Dean Smith’s side despite not picking up all three points. The Villa faithful should feel confident as they prepare to face Wolves again next week.