Liverpool 1 – 0 Aston Villa: Salah Goal Sinks Gerrard’s Men on Anfield

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Liverpool 1 - 0 Aston Villa: Salah goal Sink Gerrard on Anfield

Salah goal Sinks Gerrard’s Men on Anfield. On the day Steven Gerrard returned to Anfield, Mohamed Salah scored his 21st goal of the season as Liverpool defeated Aston Villa 1-0.

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Villa boss Steven Gerrard was greeted warmly by supporters who idolized him during his illustrious playing career, which saw him establish himself as a Liverpool legend.

Salah goal Sinks Gerrard’s Men on Anfield, he tucked home a 67th-minute penalty after Tyrone Mings brought him down. Gerrard was unable to stop Liverpool from extending their winning streak to seven games.

Jurgen Klopp’s in-form side dominated Villa, although Danny Ings may have been unfortunate not to be awarded a late penalty, and second-placed Liverpool remain a point behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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15 – Mohamed Salah has scored each of his last 15 Premier League penalties, just the second player to score as many consecutively in the competition, after Matthew Le Tissier (23 in a row between January 1994 and April 2000). Guarantee.

Sadio Mane thought he had been pulled back by Matty Cash in the penalty area early on, and Emiliano Martinez showed sharp reactions to keep out Andy Robertson’s header as the Reds applied pressure from the start.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s dipping long-range drive was just over the crossbar before the dangerous Robertson went down under a challenge from Marvelous Nakamba, but both referee Stuart Attwell and the VAR again saw nothing untoward.

The agile Martinez stuck out his left hand to superbly deny Salah at his near post after the prolific forward had cut in from the right, with Villa standing firm to weather the storm in the rain.

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Martinez palmed the unmarked Virgil van Dijk’s powerful header into the Kop and Diogo Jota replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain 12 minutes into the second half.

There was huge relief for the majority of a packed crowd when Salah made the breakthrough midway through the second half, firing into the bottom-right corner after Mings upended the Egypt international with a clumsy challenge.

Alisson might have been lucky not to concede a penalty when Ings went down late on after a mix-up between the Liverpool goalkeeper and Joel Matip, as Villa were unable to force a late equaliser.

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