As it happened: Aston Villa 1-2 LFC

Premier League
Saturday 02 November 2019 - 3:00 pm
Villa Park
Aston Villa1
2Liverpool
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⚽️ Trézéguet21'
38' Mane
58' van Dijk
63'↔️ Salah off, Origi on
63'↔️ Wijnaldum off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on
Guilbert off, El Mohamady on ↔️68'
Luiz off, Hourihane on ↔️72'
El Ghazi80'
84'↔️ Lallana off, Keïta on
Wesley off, Kodija on ↔️85'
86'Robertson ⚽️
90'Mane ⚽️
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Liverpool travel to Villa Park today, for the first time in over 3 and a half years, to take on a team eager to break out of mid-table.

A win for Villa could see them rise as high as 8th, whilst Liverpool will end the weekend in top  irrespective of result.

The 11th game of the season could be an opportunity for LFC to move past 30 points after an unbeaten start to the season - an unbeaten run that stretches all the way back into the start of 2019.

The reds have won four and lost one of the last 5 games in all competitions at Villa Park.

Both sides were drawn against each other in the Carabao Cup quarter final this week - a game that Liverpool may not be able to fix into a busy winter schedule.  The Anfield giants made 11 changes for the thrilling midweek cup win over Arsenal, and it is expected that there will be a similar number of changes for today.

As it happened...

13:53 UK
Liverpool's form

The reds are aiming for a 28th consecutive unbeaten league game. 

Liverpool's record against newly promoted teams has been equally impressive under Jurgen Klopp.  The reds have won the last 11 games against sides promoted from the Championship - that record stretches back more than two years to October 2017.

If selected, it could also be a return to Aston Villa for James Milner.  He made 100 Premier League appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals in the process.

14:02 UK
Confirmed LFC Team

There is no Fabinho in today's starting eleven.  Lallana replacing him.  Keita makes the bench.

Remember: Fabinho is one yellow card away from a suspension - the next game is against Man City.

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Lallana, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi.

14:42 UK
Aston Villa line up
Heaton, Targett, Engels, Guilbert, Mings, Luiz, McGinn, Marvelous Nakamba, Wesley, Trézéguet, El Ghazi
 
Subs: Steer, Taylor, Ngoyo, El Mohamady, Lansbury, Hourihane, Kodija
14:54 UK
Earlier results

There are a total of 8 Premier League games today, six of which (like LFC's game) are at the traditional 3pm kick off.

The lunchtime kickoff ended

Bournemouth 1-0 Man Utd.

Man City are at home to Southampton, who lost 9-0 in their last Premier League game.  Arsenal are at home to Wolves.

15:01 UK
KICK OFF

Underway at Villa Park

15:02 UK

1' El Ghazi gets a shot away early. Alisson called into action! 

El Ghazi replacing Jack Grealish today who is unfit.

15:08 UK
100 up

It's 3 years and 1 week since the then 18 year old Trent Alexander-Arnold made his debut for Liverpool in the EFL cup.

Today is his 100th Liverpool appearance, and he's the 4th youngest to reach it.

15:11 UK

10' Cross comes in for Villa, Targett sends it in and they have loads of players free there.  None of them can get a touch on it.  If they had it would have been a goal.

15:16 UK
Elsewhere..

Have Southampton scored too soon?  They lead Man City 1-0.

15:17 UK
Chance

17' Good move with Bobby Firmino involved.  Henderson sends it in to the box.  Mane puts it wide.

15:19 UK

It was a looping ball in by the captain.  Mane headed it across the face of goal and wide when he should have tried to power it in to the corner.

15:21 UK

20' Free kick to Villa.  25 yards out.

15:23 UK
Goal

21' Oh dear.  That's disappointing.   McGinn sends in the ball - and Trezeguet sticks it away with a half volley. 

It's gone between Alisson's legs.

15:30 UK
Goal - offside

Firmino goal - flag goes straight up to rule it out.

VAR is checking.... this looks like it could be a goal.

15:33 UK

15:39 UK
Yellow

38' Referee Jonathan Moss books Sadio Mane for simulation.

15:43 UK

42' Tyrone Mings lucky to get a free kick there in a 50/50 with Adam Lallana.

Home side getting all the decisions today.

15:45 UK
Chance

44' Mane powers into the area but Salah sticks it over the crossbar.

15:51 UK
HALF TIME

Well well

HT: Aston Villa 1-0 Liverpool

Trezeguet puts in his chance after a John McGinn cross.  Firmino puts the ball in the net but it's flagged offside, replays show its onside, VAR calls it offside.

Is this going to be one of those days?

16:07 UK
Second half

Underway.  No changes.

16:08 UK
Smells like bull...

The Premier League decided to tweet at half time. 

We think they've embarrassed themselves here...

'Armpit!'

16:17 UK

55' Salah chance.  Did it take a bobble? Either way - he absolutely launched his chance.

16:20 UK
Yellow

58' Virgil van Dijk goes into the book.

16:26 UK
Double change for LFC

63' Divock Origi and Oxlade-Chamberlain are on.  Wijnaldum and Salah are off.

16:29 UK
Shot

67' Good hit by Trent Alexander-Arnold - goes out for a corner.

Man City have equalised at the Etihad.

16:30 UK
Villa sub

68' Guilbert replaced by El Mohamady.

16:33 UK
Villa sub

72' Another change for the home team.

Douglas Luiz replaced by Conor Hourihane.

Starting to look like a long way back from Liverpool, who despite the VAR incident, have been pretty poor for large periods of this game.

Divock Origi, however, is looking lively since his introduction.

16:35 UK
Chance

73' That's pretty poor by Lallana.  Handed a fine position to do something and couldn't sort out which foot to use.

16:38 UK

77' Important interception there by Virgil van Dijk who denies what would have been a certain goal for the home side.

Frenetic end now to this game.

16:42 UK
Yellow

80' El Ghazi with a foul on Oxlade-Chamberlain.

10 minutes left for Liverpool to at least get an equaliser.

16:45 UK
Close

82' Alexander-Arnold flashes a shot wide.

Worse news from the Etihad. It's 2-1 now to Man City.

16:45 UK
LFC sub

Final change.

84' Keita on for Lallana.

16:47 UK
Final Villa sub

85' Wesley off and Kodija on.

Liverpool's Premier League lead is about to be cut. 

16:49 UK
GOAL!!!!

86' Sadio Mane cross and Andy Robertson heads in.

1-1.

Well done.

16:50 UK

Andy Robertson's header was Liverpool's 17th shot of the second half.

And now Lovren's header goes narrowly wide.

16:51 UK

5 minutes of added time

16:54 UK
Late free kick

90+3' Trent Alexander-Arnold's direct free kick is deflected over. Corner.

16:55 UK
GOAL!!!!!!

90+4' LIVERPOOL HAVE DONE IT AGAIN!

Sadio Mane heads in from the corner.

SCENES!!!!

16:57 UK
FULL TIME

Absolutely incredible comeback from Liverpool.

That's it.  All over.

Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

You can hardly believe it.  You cannot write this Liverpool team off.

18:09 UK
League Table

Liverpool have Champions League action in midweek, but here's how the Premier League looks after today's games.



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