Game #5648

2021-22

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12th (-2)

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Premier League

Liverpool

Anfield

Attendance: 53,093

Saturday, 11 December 2021

Villa lose at Anfield in a tale of two penalties, one given.

Liverpool

1-0

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | None |

Assist(s) | None |

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AT A GLANCE

Game #5648

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #18 |
League Match | #16 |
Manager Game | #5 |
Saturday, 11 December 2021
Attendance | 53,093 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 3.00pm |
Referee | Stuart Attwell |
Half Time Score | 0-0 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 0-1 |
Last 5 Games | WWLWL |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost: £210.4m
Squad Cost: £231.04m

Starting XI Average Age: 26.77

Oldest Player: 36.45
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.55
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard recalls Matt Targett after injury with Ashley Young moving forward to replace Emiliano Buendía.

Meanwhile, Trézéguet makes his first squad appearance to suffering ligament damage in the same fixture last season having been out since April 2021. Danny Ings also returns to the bench after two games out with injury.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |

W Bertrand Traoré |
Thigh, 16 Oct -Unknown |

W Leon Bailey |
Thigh, 5 Dec- Unknown |
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On Loan | 3 |

CF Wesley |
Club Brugge KV, 26 Aug - 31 May 22 |

M Conor Hourihane |
Sheffield United, 30 Aug to 31 May 22 |

RB Frédéric Guilbert |
RC Strasbourg Alsace, 31 Aug - 30 Jun 22 |
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Not Selected | 9 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo
CB Sil Swinkels
M Hayden Lindley
M Aaron Ramsey
M Tim Iroegbunam
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace
CF Cameron Archer
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka
CF Keinan Davis

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 37%
Possession A | 63%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 20
Shots on Target F | 0
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 11
Fouls F | 6
Fouls A | 13

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez
LB Matt Targett
CB Ezri Konsa
CB Tyrone Mings
RB Matty Cash
M John McGinn
M Marvelous Nakamba
M Douglas Luiz
M Jacob Ramsey
W Ashley Young
CF Ollie Watkins

SUBSTITUTES

M Morgan Sanson for M Marvelous Nakamba | 57’ |
W Emiliano Buendía for W Ashley Young | 69’ |
F Danny Ings for M Jacob Ramsey | 74’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
CB Kortney Hause
CB Axel Tuanzebe
M Carney Chukwuemeka
W Anwar El Ghazi
W Trézéguet

THE OPPOSITION

GK Alisson, RB Trent Alexander-Arnold, CB Virgil van Dijk, CB Joel Matip, LB Andrew Robertson, M Jordan Henderson, M Fabinho, M Thiago Alcántara (M James Milner (ex)), M Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (W Diogo Jota), W Mohamed Salah (g), W Sadio Mané (W Minamino).

Manager: Jürgen Klopp
Team Cost: £374m
Squad Cost: £480.11m

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

Emiliano Martínez, didn't deserve to be beaten, Saturday, 11 December 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

19’ Booking, Marvelous Nakamba, Bad foul
24’ Booking, Ollie Watkins, Bad foul
HT Liverpool 0-0 Aston Villa
57’ Sub off, Marvelous Nakamba, Sub on, Morgan Sanson
67’ Goal, 0-1, (Liverpool, pen), Mohamed Salah
69’ Sub off, Ashley Young, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
74’ Sub off, Jacob Ramsey, Sub on, Danny Ings
FT Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Matt Targett makes his 85th appearance for Villa since joining in July 2019.

QUOTES

“We’ve lost to a soft penalty because if you watch it properly, Tyrone’s been fouled first.

“The disappointing thing is that the referee hasn’t gone to look at it.

“It’s always hard to take when you lose football matches. We knew it was going to be a containing job.

“You have to ride the first 20-25 minutes against sides like this. We finished the game stronger, with more belief and some good opportunities.”

“If an arm goes anywhere near Alisson, it’s a foul.

“So why isn’t a foul given for Danny Ings? They are the questions I’d like answering, but I can’t answer them right now.

“In hindsight I should have thrown a bit more at it a bit earlier, but you have to be careful Liverpool don’t hit you for two, three or four.”

Steven Gerrard.

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“Substitute Danny Ings almost took advantage of a late mix-up between Liverpool keeper Alisson and Joel Matip which left Villa fans demanding a penalty in vain, but Jurgen Klopp’s side closed out the win.”

MATCH REPORT

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Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard made a losing return to Anfield as Liverpool continued their pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with a hard-earned victory.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard was, predictably, given a rapturous reception after playing 710 games and scoring 186 goals for the club while winning the Champions League, FA Cup, Uefa Cup and League Cup.

Gerrard’s response to the adulation was low-key as his Villa side, who had won three of his first four games in charge since arriving from Rangers, set about making life difficult for Liverpool and frustrating the Kop.

Villa achieved their aim, aided by fine saves from keeper Emi Martinez, until they were finally undone in the 67th minute when Tyrone Mings bundled Mohamed Salah to the ground, the Egyptian scoring the spot-kick in emphatic fashion, the win leaving Liverpool in second place a point behind Manchester City.

Substitute Danny Ings almost took advantage of a late mix-up between Liverpool keeper Alisson and Joel Matip which left Villa fans demanding a penalty in vain, but Jurgen Klopp’s side closed out the win.

Gerrard suffers Anfield disappointment

Gerrard made it clear he wanted points not sentiment on his emotional Anfield return and his body language from the start made that very plain.

He walked out on to the turf he graced for so long to a predictable reaction, but his first move was to illustrate exactly where his loyalties lay, applauding Villa’s fans warmly before giving a polite wave in the direction of the Kop.

And his Villa side, while short on attacking ideas, made Liverpool work relentlessly for any rewards, defending with resilience and assisted by a top-class keeper in Martinez before Mings allowed Salah the one moment he needed to escape before he brought him down.

Martinez went the right way but there were no stopping Salah’s penalty as Anfield roared its relief.

Villa then started pushing and Ings almost wrote another Anfield old boy story line when he just failed to take advantage of that Liverpool defensive mix-up in the closing minutes.

Gerrard will be disappointed his side could not maintain the defensive discipline that kept Liverpool at arm’s length for so long. Villa also struggled to create any attacking impetus until it was too late, when they briefly threatened to snatch an unlikely point.

He will be satisfied, however, with many aspects of Villa’s performance. It was not the winning Anfield return he wanted but his impact can be seen already and he has raw materials to work with.

Liverpool bandwagon rolls on

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s trademark triple fist pump in front of the Kop after the final whistle carried a touch of relief as well as celebration after a game in which their persistence and patience was tested by Villa’s organisation and determination.

This was not the flowing Liverpool that has steamrollered so many teams so often, but they stuck at it and eventually got their reward in the shape of the decisive penalty.

The success of Villa’s game plan was reflected in the Kop’s frustration and the sound of regular penalty appeals until referee Stuart Attwell eventually pointed to the spot.

Liverpool were rarely troubled at the back, although for long periods it looked like old boy Gerrard might just leave his former Anfield stage with a point.

Klopp’s side cannot inflict destruction on teams every week, and on a day when their rivals City and Chelsea also had penalties to thank for narrow victories, Liverpool will take his victory as it came and move on.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard made a losing return to Anfield as Liverpool continued their pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with a hard-earned victory.

Former Liverpool captain Gerrard was, predictably, given a rapturous reception after playing 710 games and scoring 186 goals for the club while winning the Champions League, FA Cup, Uefa Cup and League Cup.

Gerrard’s response to the adulation was low-key as his Villa side, who had won three of his first four games in charge since arriving from Rangers, set about making life difficult for Liverpool and frustrating the Kop.

Villa achieved their aim, aided by fine saves from keeper Emi Martinez, until they were finally undone in the 67th minute when Tyrone Mings bundled Mohamed Salah to the ground, the Egyptian scoring the spot-kick in emphatic fashion, the win leaving Liverpool in second place a point behind Manchester City.

Substitute Danny Ings almost took advantage of a late mix-up between Liverpool keeper Alisson and Joel Matip which left Villa fans demanding a penalty in vain, but Jurgen Klopp’s side closed out the win.

Gerrard suffers Anfield disappointment

Gerrard made it clear he wanted points not sentiment on his emotional Anfield return and his body language from the start made that very plain.

He walked out on to the turf he graced for so long to a predictable reaction, but his first move was to illustrate exactly where his loyalties lay, applauding Villa’s fans warmly before giving a polite wave in the direction of the Kop.

And his Villa side, while short on attacking ideas, made Liverpool work relentlessly for any rewards, defending with resilience and assisted by a top-class keeper in Martinez before Mings allowed Salah the one moment he needed to escape before he brought him down.

Martinez went the right way but there were no stopping Salah’s penalty as Anfield roared its relief.

Villa then started pushing and Ings almost wrote another Anfield old boy story line when he just failed to take advantage of that Liverpool defensive mix-up in the closing minutes.

Gerrard will be disappointed his side could not maintain the defensive discipline that kept Liverpool at arm’s length for so long. Villa also struggled to create any attacking impetus until it was too late, when they briefly threatened to snatch an unlikely point.

He will be satisfied, however, with many aspects of Villa’s performance. It was not the winning Anfield return he wanted but his impact can be seen already and he has raw materials to work with.

Liverpool bandwagon rolls on

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s trademark triple fist pump in front of the Kop after the final whistle carried a touch of relief as well as celebration after a game in which their persistence and patience was tested by Villa’s organisation and determination.

This was not the flowing Liverpool that has steamrollered so many teams so often, but they stuck at it and eventually got their reward in the shape of the decisive penalty.

The success of Villa’s game plan was reflected in the Kop’s frustration and the sound of regular penalty appeals until referee Stuart Attwell eventually pointed to the spot.

Liverpool were rarely troubled at the back, although for long periods it looked like old boy Gerrard might just leave his former Anfield stage with a point.

Klopp’s side cannot inflict destruction on teams every week, and on a day when their rivals City and Chelsea also had penalties to thank for narrow victories, Liverpool will take his victory as it came and move on.