Dramatic win for Liverpool at Villa, maintain top spot

Mane scores the winning goal for Liverpool

Liverpool were made to work for their victory as they came from behind to claim a dramatic 2-1 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday.

Sadio Mane’s late header secured all three points for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s team, which maintain their six points lead at the top.

According to BBC, with their 10-month long unbeaten league record seemingly about to end, the Reds dug deep to conjure a stellar finish, begun when Andy Robertson arrived at the back post to head them level.

Mane then provided the final, remarkable twist, glancing a header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner past Tom Heaton and into the far corner of the net.

It was a cruel blow to Villa, who had led from the 21st minute through summer-signing Trezeguet’s first goal for the club – a volleyed finish from John McGinn’s free-kick.

The home side had shown huge endeavour, in a display that saw them match the European champions in the first half and then hold them largely at arms’ length until the dying moments of the second.

Liverpool’s win means they retain their points lead over second-placed Manchester City, who staged their own comeback to beat Southampton on Saturday and visit Anfield for a mouth-watering top-of-the-table clash next Sunday.

Having won two on the bounce earlier this month, Villa have now lost back-to-back games (admittedly to the league’s top two sides), leaving them in 16th place, three points above the relegation zone.