Jurgen Klopp has a big reason to smile as the 2-1 victory Liverpool recorded over Aston Villa at the Anfield Stadium on Saturday, April 10, marked an end to the nightmare the club has been suffering at the stadium.
Recall that before Aston Villa visited the Anfield Stadium on Saturday to play a Premier League game against Liverpool, the reigning Premier League champions had recorded six successive Premier League defeats at the stadium.
Due to such a terrible form, Liverpool that used to be title contenders are now fighting to get back into the top four with 7 Premier League games left to play before the season ends. Since Jurgen Klopp took over the reign of the Premier League club in 2015, it has never been so bad that the club had to lose 6 successive times at home.
However, such a nightmare ended in style as Jurgen Klopp and his boys found a way to claim the maximum three points from a resilient Aston Villa side.
In Saturday’s game, Aston Villa took the lead in the 43rd minute, thanks to Ollie Watkins’ strike. The visitors ended the first half with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half of the game, Jurgen Klopp and his boys mounted a fight-back effort which yielded a result in the 57th minute thanks to Mohamed Salah’s strike.
When the two teams thought the game would end in a 1-1 draw, Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a stunner in the additional one minute of full-time. The game ended 2-1 in favor of Liverpool.
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The 2-1 win has pushed Liverpool closer to a top-four finish. They are currently sitting on the 5th spot on the league table with 52 points in 31 games, 2 points away from 4th placed Chelsea.
After the 2-1 win over Aston Villa, the coach of Liverpool said: “It’s a big one. Everybody told us, and it’s the truth, that we had lost the last six home games, which is really not a nice number and not one we want to have.
“Then you play the first half as we played against a really strong Aston Villa side, dominate the game, create chances, but make one mistake and concede a goal for it. That’s a shambles.
“Then in the next situation, we scored the equalizer but it’s offside, I didn’t see it back but maybe not for a lot. So you go in at half-time and as you can imagine, it’s not the best mood of all possible moods.
“But the boys were OK and I didn’t have to lift them too much because they knew if we continue with these things, keep the aggression and desire on that level, if you play football as we did, we would create chances again.
“But we have to score the goals for it, and it took a while, but then we scored them. That was massive and felt massive and it’s really relieving.
“We defended well in a few situations and we were constantly in the creating mood… We had lots of shots on target, more than the last few games maybe and that’s all good, but we needed that today. These three points feel really big.”
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