Aston Villa could only find late heartache despite matching European Champions Liverpool at Villa Park
Sadio Mane’s 95th-minute header was the crucial blow in Villa’s quest to break an eight-year run without a win against the Reds at Villa Park.
Villa’s first-team players returned as many of them were rested against Wolves with only Doulas Luiz, Awar El-Ghazi and Trezeguet keeping their place.
Dean Smith admitted he “could not have been prouder” of his Villa side that took Liverpool all the way.
Odds stacked against Villa
Without captain and talisman Jack Grealish, the odds were stacked against the hosts, but it was Trezeguet who forced home their deserved lead.
John Mcginn’s inch-perfect delivery from a wide set-piece was tucked in by the Egyptian who couldn’t have found a better time to get his first Villa goal.
After the league leaders predictably keep the lions share of the ball throughout the contest, Villa were made to pay for their guilt edge misses in the second half.
Conor Hourihane was introduced on the hour mark, and the Irishman had the perfect opportunity to double Villa’s lead but chose to square to Wesley. On his toes, the Brazilian couldn’t manage his fifth goal in claret and blue, as a watertight Liverpool rearguard cleared the danger.
Late Liverpool show
Andy Robertson later restored parity for he Redman in search of their tenth win this Premier League campaign.
Thought that’s exactly what they got only seconds before time. Trent Alexander-Arnold the provider from a corner, Mane’s deft flick at the near post was enough to steal the points from underneath Dean Smith’s nose.
Villa will have to pick themselves up before travelling to Molineux next Sunday.