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5th July 2020
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa Highlights

Liverpool vs highlights - Sadio Mane and scored late in the second-half to give the Reds a 2-0 over Aston Villa.

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

‣ 1-0: Sadio Mane (71')
‣ 2-0: Curtis Jones (89')

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Liverpool were looking for a resounding performance against Villa in response to their 4-0 defeat at the hands of on Thursday.

It wasn't vintage Liverpool by any means as they struggled to break down the visitors for much of the game, but Mane and substitute Jones netted in the final 20 minutes to give the champions another three points.

Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

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It was a scrappy opening 20 minutes to the game, with Liverpool having their fair share of possession but failing to create any real openings to exploit.

The visitors did well to frustrate the champions and made their intentions clear from the off as they looked to counter quickly with a ball in behind the Reds' defence.

Jurgen Klopp was visibly unhappy with the start to the game and the boss was in deep discussions with some of his players during the drinks' break in the first half.

Liverpool couldn't up their intensity for the remainder of the half as Villa stood strong and looked the more willing of the two sides to put the hard graft in.

The Reds' balance seemed off without the likes of , and and it was a surprise not to see Klopp change things at the break.

Curtis Jones vs Aston Villa

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It was more of the same in the second half, although Dean Smith's side grew in confidence and showed more of an attacking threat after the restart.

Jack Grealish tested Alisson with a good effort before Anwar El Ghazi should have given the visitors a shock lead, only for Alisson to step up to the mark again.

With a little over an hour to go, , and made way for the trio that missed out from the off in Henderson, Wijnaldum and Firmino.

It made the difference for the champions as they looked reinvigorated and found the crucial breakthrough in the 71st minute.

Naby Keita found an excellent incisive pass to Mane inside the box, with the Senegal smashing the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-0 to the Reds.

Curtis Jones, who signed a long-term contract on Saturday, came on from the bench to replace Keita for the final five minutes as Villa pushed on in search of an equaliser.

Jones was keen to get on the scoresheet and he did just that as nodded down for him in the box and the youngster hammered with a volley to score his first goal and make it 2-0 to wrap up the win.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Salah, Mane, Origi.

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