Big luck for Bailey! Watkins extends a long left ball into Buendia’s run, who then hits the near post flat. There, Matip fails to properly clarify himself in a duel with Kamara. As a result, Bailey gets a totally free shot from the penalty spot but the ex-Leverkusener clearly misses as he didn’t kick the ball properly. It must be the balance.
Of course, Liverpool took control of the game from the start, while Aston Villa tried to be compact. The goal is bittersweet for the hosts. However, they themselves had some good times up front and the Reds are vulnerable to fastballs behind the chain.
Bailey came out on the right in the penalty area, but missed from a tight angle to Alisson, who had no problem with this attempt. It’s a quick start for this game.
Big ball now on the other side, back in Watkins’ run, but he misses Alisson alone by straight acceptance. The flag was still up, but it was a nice save from the Brazilian.
Tooor for Liverpool FC, 0-1 by Mo Salah
And from this corner comes the head for Liverpool! Robertson crosses her from the right, but that can be clarified first. Alexander-Arnold then puts the Reds left-back into play with a superb lob from the middle to the right. From there he immediately lays it flat in the middle, from eight meters the completely free Salah then sinks easily.
This can continue for both players. As a result, the corner is now executed with some delay.
And it will be dangerous on the other side as well. Robertton crosses flat to the near post from the left. There, Núñez lets pass incomprehensibly, then Digne can clear the corner for a corner. The Uruguayan could have done it himself but probably thought Salah was in a better position. Mings and Olsen also rushed together during the action and need treatment.
The hosts immediately have a first chance. Buendia sends Watkins between the centre-backs with a lob. The striker gets a shot from 16 yards under pressure from Matip, but the attempt is too weak and Alisson grabs it easily.
Then the ball rolls. Aston Villa has burned out.
The teams enter the field at this time, with referee Paul Tierney. The game can start in a few minutes.
The duel between the two traditional teams has already happened 190 times in all competitions, with Liverpool winning 93 and Aston Villa winning 58. The last three games have gone to the Reds, but the Villans’ 7-2 victory deserves a special mention in October. 2020. Of course, we’d love to see a similar goal show today.
However, Aston Villa also have ambitious plans for the second half of the season. With new manager Unai Emery sidelined for three games, they are unbeaten in the league and looking to attack the top half of the table. They are currently in twelfth place in the table and have 18 points under their belt.
The role of the favorites in this first league game after the World Cup in Qatar is clear. Liverpool are having a disappointing spell ahead of the World Cup, but are still 7th in the table with 22 points. Ex-Dortmund coach Klopp’s side want to start the big race to catch up today in order to at least reach the Champions League places. Most recently, they played Manchester City in the Carabao Cup a few days ago but lost 2:3 there.
To start, let’s look at queues. At Aston Villa, manager Unai Emery called up Olsen, Young, Bailey and Watkins in the final league game before the World Cup break. Martínez, Cash, Ramsey and Ings are here for that. Martínez is still missing as a world champion goalkeeper due to extended holidays, Diego Carlos is injured. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is making six changes to his squad, which already completed a competitive game a few days ago. Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Elliott, Bajčetić and Fabio Carvalho are replaced by Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Fabinho, Henderson and Oxlade-Chamberlain. The Reds have also been dragging some injury issues into the so-called second half of the season, Arthur, Díaz and Diogo Jota have to come through. World Cup finalist Konaté is still breathing.
Welcome to Aston Villa’s game against Liverpool on the traditional Premier League Boxing Day at Villa Park. Kick-off is at 6:30 p.m.!
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