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3 talking points as Liverpool seal a dramatic win over Aston Villa

 Liverpool finally returned back to winning ways after coming back from behind to beat Aston Villa ahead of a crucial Champions League game

Liverpool gained revenge over Aston Villa by defeating them 2-1. The win was the Reds first at Anfield in the Premier League since December. Despite being under the cosh for the great majority of the game, Villa took the lead late in the first half through Ollie Watkins, who slid the ball under Alisson after a counter-attack.

Liverpool thought they’d equalized just minutes later, but a controversial VAR call chalked off Roberto Firmino’s goal, apparently deciding Diogo Jota was offside in the build-up. But the Reds finally drew level after 57 minutes, when a shot from Andrew Robertson was saved, only to land at the feet of Mohamed Salah – who struck home. The second half saw both sides miss key chances, with Trezeguet hitting the post for Villa. But with just added time remaining, Trent Alexander-Arnold struck a wonderful goal to hand the Reds all three points, moving them into the top four.
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It’s easy to forget as it has been a while since a home league game, but the Reds came into this match still amid a club-record losing streak. Instead, missed chances at one end and missed challenges at the other meant it was another first half without a goal, another home game falling behind, but there the poor omen stopped, thankfully.

Despite a largely dreadful 20 minutes after netting the equalizer, the Reds did find a way. An absolute rocket from Trent Alexander-Arnold could not have been more timely, individually and for the club, with his stoppage-time winner giving Liverpool a first home league win since December 16.