Liverpools very first video game back at Anfield after becoming Premier League champs was a peaceful affair as they saw off the challenge of Aston Villa 2-0.
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Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones both discovered the web for Liverpool in the latter stages of the 2nd half to secure the win.
Liverpool have stopped working to find their type given that winning the title and the very first half passed without either side assembling any harmful possibilities.
The outcome suggests Aston Villa stay rooted in the relegation zone while Liverpool go 23 points clear of Manchester City.
The Reds controlled belongings in the very first half, protecting 72% of the ball, however managed simply one effort on target. Aston Villa were mainly happy to let Liverpool pass the ball around prior to introducing into a counterattack.
There were calls for a charge from Aston Villa on the edge of half-time. Douglas Luiz decreased after an obstacle from Naby Keita however VAR replays revealed there was little to it and play continued.
Sadio Mane broke the deadlock after an hour. Shaun Botterill/Getty ImagesThe rate improved in the 2nd half but Aston Villa came out the more vibrant of the two sides.
After running an injury sustained in the very first half, Jack Grealish was pivotal to a number of huge possibilities for Aston Villa.
On 51 minutes the England global had an effective shot parred away by Allison and he led another attack moments later that saw Anwar El Ghazis low shot causing the Liverpool defence problem.
Jurgen Klopp made a triple alternative on the hour mark with Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino sent on in location of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Divock Origi.
The triple replacement proved to be the fire Liverpool required and it took just over 10 minutes for Mane to score the video games very first goal.
Keita struck a low ball across package and Mane hammered it in from 10 yards.
Firmino almost made it 2-0 on 76 minutes however previous Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was ready for the curling shot and pressed it large.
Replace Jones made it 2-0 on 89 minutes with a left-footed shot following a cross into package from Robertson which was headed into Jones course by Mohamed Salah.
Liverpools next video game is on Wednesday versus Brighton while Villa will satisfy Manchester United on Thursday.
Klopp stated after the video game that it was a “extremely difficult match” for a range of factors.
” Villa are undoubtedly organised and made it difficult for us. The wind made it challenging for both but it was actually difficult to play typical football,” he stated.
” We had to remain on track and do the ideal things and in the second half we had more of the good moments. You might see we required time to get utilized to it. Two circumstances might have been penalties, we were unlucky however Im fine– we are where we are since we win challenging games.”