Game #5668

2021-22

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Position:

11th (-)

Premier League

Liverpool

Villa Park

Attendance: 41,919

Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Comfortably the worst referee of the modern era, Jonathan Moss, takes charge of the visit of title chasing Liverpool to Villa Park.

23’ BBC Sport: “Liverpool have settled into this game and are on top now but it is an understatement to say Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard and the home fans have been uninmpressed with the performance of referee Jon Moss so far.”

28’ BBC Sport: “Fabinho subbed off before sent off… ( well perhaps after a further dozen fouls).”

28’ BBC Sport: “Ref is having a shocker. I’m a Liverpool fan but how was that not a foul by Keita?”

28’ BBC Sport: “Refereeing incompetence is just incredible it really is. I support neither team tonight and I’m fuming watching this.”

34’ Jonathan Woodgate: “Jonathan Moss needs to be better. There is letting the game go and letting the game go.”

42’: Jonathan Woodgate: “Some of the decisions have been a bit strange all evening.”

Aston Villa

1-2

Liverpool

Scorer(s) | Douglas Luiz | 3' |

Assist(s) | Lucas Digne | 3' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5668

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #38 |
League Match | #35 |
Manager Game | #25 |
Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Attendance | 41,919 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 8.00pm |
Referee | Jonathan Moss |
Half Time Score | 1-1 |
Full Time Result | Lost |
Full Time Score | 1-2 |
Last 5 Games | LDWWL |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jonathan Moss.
Previous 5: 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟥 | 🟩 | 🟥 |
Incidents:
Assistants: Lee Betts, Timothy Wood.
Fourth official: Andy Madley.
VAR: John Brooks.
Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring.

🆘 Shocking refereeing performance

MATCH INCIDENTS

Jonathan Moss

Villa

None

Liverpool

None

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £174.67m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 5/11
Homegrown: 0/11
Subs Cost: £51.12m
Team Cost: £225.79m
Squad Cost: £240.01m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 10/20
Homegrown: 3/20

Starting XI Average Age:
| 27.59 |

Oldest Player:
F Danny Ings | 30.17 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 24.02 |

TEAM NEWS

Steven Gerrard mystifyingly recalls Philippe Coutinho in place of match winner Emiliano Buendía as Marvelous Nakamba makes his first start since suffering injury against tonight’s opposition in December.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Abdomen, 19 Mar - Unknown

M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Groin, 7 May - Unknown

W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Groin, 7 May - Unknown
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On Loan | 13 |

M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug 21 - 31 May 22
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RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug 21 - 30 Jun 22
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CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Forest
1 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Internacional
6 Jan 22 to 1 Jan 23
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W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | Everton
13 Jan 22 to 1 Jul 22
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M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cheltenham
11 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Livingston
12 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Stoke
21 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Preston
24 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Newcastle
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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GK Filip Marschall | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Gateshead
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Luton
31 Jan 22 to 31 May 22
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W Trézéguet, Basaksehir | 🇪🇬 |
8 Feb 22 to 30 Jun 22
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Not Selected | 5 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
CB Josh Feeney | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Tommi O’Reilly | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 40%
Possession A | 60%
Shots F | 9
Shots A | 17
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 6
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 10
Fouls A | 12

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 |🦵🏼|
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | 🔁 | M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | ⚽ |
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 |
F Danny Ings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M Carney Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | 62’ |
🔁 | W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | for M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | 70’ |
🔁 | W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | for CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 81’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Robin Olsen | 🇩🇰 |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Alisson | 🇧🇷 | £56.25m |
RB Trent Alexander-Arnold | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |
CB Virgil van Dijk | 🇳🇱 | £76.19m |
CB Joel Matip | 🇨🇲 | Free | ⚽ |
LB Konstantinos Tsimikas | 🇬🇷 | £11.70m |
M Naby Keïta | 🇬🇳 | £54.00m |
M Fabinho | 🇧🇷 | £40.50m | 🔁 | M Jordan Henderson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £16.20m |
M Curtis Jones | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth | 🔁 | M Thiago Alcántara | 🇪🇸 | £19.8m |
W Luis Díaz | 🇨🇴 | £40.50m | 🔁 | W Mohamed Salah | 🇪🇬 | £37.80m |
W Sadio Mané | 🇸🇳 | £37.08m | ⚽ |
W Diogo Jota | 🇵🇹 | £40.23m |

Unused:
GK Caoimhin Kelleher | 🇮🇪 | Yth |
CB Ibrahima Konaté | 🇫🇷 | £36.00m |
CB Joe Gomez | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £4.41m |
M James Milner (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |
F Roberto Firmino | 🇧🇷 | £36.90m |
CF Divock Origi | 🇧🇪 | £11.37m |

Manager: Jürgen Klopp | 🇩🇪 |
1st XI Cost: £356.45m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 2/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £16.20m
Team Cost: £429.53m
Squad Cost: £518.93m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 5/20
Homegrown: 3/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Tyrone Mings makes his 125th appearance for the club since joining in January 2019.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 3’ Goal, 1-0, Douglas Luiz, Assist by Lucas Digne
⚽ | 6’ Goal, 1-1, (Liverpool), Joel Matip
🕒 | HT Aston Villa 1-1 Liverpool
🔁 | 62’ Sub off, Marvelous Nakamba, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
⚽ | 65’ Goal, 1-2, (Liverpool), Sadio Mané
🔁 | 70’ Sub off, Philippe Coutinho, Sub on, Emiliano Buendía
🔁 | 81’ Sub off, Ollie Watkins , Sub on, Bertrand Traoré
🕒 | FT Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool

MANAGER WATCH

👎 Steven Gerrard's loss rate is 26th of 31 Villa bosses after 25 games of their tenure. The 7th worst. Whilst Gerrard's win rate is 13th out of 31 over the same period.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

Pre-Match

“JJ [Ramsey] won’t make it but has a decent chance for the weekend. I’m sure he would have been desperate to challenge himself against Liverpool.

“We need the crowd to help us a lot. There will be periods of the game when we will have to stick together and suffer. I want the players to be brave and give it our best shot.

“My job is to win games for Aston Villa and that will always be the case while I’m representing this club. I want to win fiercely and there will be nothing different on my mind tomorrow.

"We are aware of the challenge. You either fear that or you try to take it on and find situations where you can have your moments in the game. It’s exciting. Big games of football are what it’s all about.”

Steven Gerrard.


Post-Match

“In terms of commitment, heart and application I cannot ask for any more and at times we showed quality as well.

“Disappointed in terms of the goals we conceded but we will look at that. In terms of what we brought to the game with and without the ball I can’t ask for any more.

“We want to be bold and ambitious. The other option is to wait and you can still lose that way and you will have more regrets. We have good players and if we are calculated about it we can hurt teams but we have to cut moments out and need to be better. In summary we are disappointed with the goals and frustrated with the result.

“We are a lot more dangerous with two number nines. At times we had to suffer. You are never going to play Liverpool off the pitch, they are high-level opposition and have a top manager but for large parts of the game we were in the ascendancy and we showed a lot of ambition. We had a lot of chances and Liverpool were never comfortable.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 10 May 2022

"The Brazilian, on loan from Barcelona, only showed his ability in flashes here and it was clear the Villa fans felt more of a surge of hope when he was replaced by Buendia."

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**Liverpool maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City as they survived an early scare to come from behind and win at Aston Villa.**
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a shock after only three minutes when Douglas Luiz bundled home after Liverpool keeper Alisson failed to hold his header.
Liverpool were on terms within three minutes when Joel Matip scored following a goalmouth scramble and the sides then exchanged chances before Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead with a superb angled header from Luis Diaz’s cross in the 65th minute.
The win means Liverpool now lie second only on goal difference before City’s visit to Wolves on Wednesday.
Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings wasted opportunities to equalise and inflict a blow to his old club’s hopes of winning a historic quadruple - although the Reds did suffer an injury setback when influential midfielder Fabinho went off in the first half with a hamstring problem that must make him doubtful for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
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### Liverpool pass stern Villa test
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made five changes from the side that drew with Spurs at Anfield on Saturday, resting tired legs and freshening things up with Saturday’s Wembley showpiece in mind.
It was a ploy that worked in the end, although Liverpool were set back on their heels when they were punished for a slow start as Villa went ahead.
Liverpool showed their character and the threat they carry to reply instantly and, while this was not a particularly assured performance, the only thing that matters at this stage is the final result, and this was a case of job done.
The injury to Fabinho will be a serious worry to Klopp with FA Cup and Champions League finals on the horizon but he will hope the Brazilian’s swift removal in the first half will limit the damage.
Once again January signing Diaz was a key figure, a danger all night and the provider of the cross that brought Mane’s decisive header. The Colombian’s signing has proved to be a masterstroke.
Now the scenery switches to Molineux on Wednesday, where leaders City face Wolves, who still have European aspirations of their own.
Pep Guardiola’s side still have that advantage on goal difference but Liverpool’s win at least ensures they stay right on Manchester City’s shoulders as the season reaches its climax.
### Gerrard with work to do
Aston Villa will finish the season in a comfortable mid-table position but so much of this term has been about manager Steven Gerrard discovering what he has at his disposal then laying the groundwork for next season.
He has talent in the shape of Emiliano Buendia but big decisions remain about whether he will strengthen in defence - where captain Tyrone Mings still looks suspect - and on the possibility of a permanent deal for his former Liverpool colleague Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian, on loan from Barcelona, only showed his ability in flashes here and it was clear the Villa fans felt more of a surge of hope when he was replaced by Buendia.
Gerrard certainly has something to work with but a lot needs to be done and he is a driven personality who will not want to cruise along in mid-table.
Villa, and Ings in particular, had plenty of opportunities to take advantage of some uncharacteristic uncertainty in the visitors’ defence, with keeper Alisson fortunate to get away with one or two moments of poor judgement - although he then made a crucial save from the striker when he broke clear with a chance to equalise.
The end of the season will be the end of Gerrard’s fact-finding mission and the serious reconstruction will begin at Villa Park.

**Liverpool maintained the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City as they survived an early scare to come from behind and win at Aston Villa.**
Jurgen Klopp’s side suffered a shock after only three minutes when Douglas Luiz bundled home after Liverpool keeper Alisson failed to hold his header.
Liverpool were on terms within three minutes when Joel Matip scored following a goalmouth scramble and the sides then exchanged chances before Sadio Mane put the visitors ahead with a superb angled header from Luis Diaz’s cross in the 65th minute.
The win means Liverpool now lie second only on goal difference before City’s visit to Wolves on Wednesday.
Former Liverpool striker Danny Ings wasted opportunities to equalise and inflict a blow to his old club’s hopes of winning a historic quadruple - although the Reds did suffer an injury setback when influential midfielder Fabinho went off in the first half with a hamstring problem that must make him doubtful for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea.
*
### Liverpool pass stern Villa test
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made five changes from the side that drew with Spurs at Anfield on Saturday, resting tired legs and freshening things up with Saturday’s Wembley showpiece in mind.
It was a ploy that worked in the end, although Liverpool were set back on their heels when they were punished for a slow start as Villa went ahead.
Liverpool showed their character and the threat they carry to reply instantly and, while this was not a particularly assured performance, the only thing that matters at this stage is the final result, and this was a case of job done.
The injury to Fabinho will be a serious worry to Klopp with FA Cup and Champions League finals on the horizon but he will hope the Brazilian’s swift removal in the first half will limit the damage.
Once again January signing Diaz was a key figure, a danger all night and the provider of the cross that brought Mane’s decisive header. The Colombian’s signing has proved to be a masterstroke.
Now the scenery switches to Molineux on Wednesday, where leaders City face Wolves, who still have European aspirations of their own.
Pep Guardiola’s side still have that advantage on goal difference but Liverpool’s win at least ensures they stay right on Manchester City’s shoulders as the season reaches its climax.
### Gerrard with work to do
Aston Villa will finish the season in a comfortable mid-table position but so much of this term has been about manager Steven Gerrard discovering what he has at his disposal then laying the groundwork for next season.
He has talent in the shape of Emiliano Buendia but big decisions remain about whether he will strengthen in defence - where captain Tyrone Mings still looks suspect - and on the possibility of a permanent deal for his former Liverpool colleague Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian, on loan from Barcelona, only showed his ability in flashes here and it was clear the Villa fans felt more of a surge of hope when he was replaced by Buendia.
Gerrard certainly has something to work with but a lot needs to be done and he is a driven personality who will not want to cruise along in mid-table.
Villa, and Ings in particular, had plenty of opportunities to take advantage of some uncharacteristic uncertainty in the visitors’ defence, with keeper Alisson fortunate to get away with one or two moments of poor judgement - although he then made a crucial save from the striker when he broke clear with a chance to equalise.
The end of the season will be the end of Gerrard’s fact-finding mission and the serious reconstruction will begin at Villa Park.