Aston Villa 1-4 Liverpool - Reds survive Villa scare to reach fourth round

LFC Globe
8th January 2021
Aston Villa vs Liverpool
FA Cup
Villa Park
Aston Villa
Barry (41')
Mane (4', 63'), Wijnaldum (60'), Salah (65')

Liverpool progressed to the fourth round of the thanks to a 4-1 over on Friday night.

The Reds were made to work by Villa's youngsters, with the sides going into the break level after Louie Barry cancelled out Sadio Mane's early opener.

But the hosts ran out of steam in the second half as goals from , Mane and ensured the Reds progressed to the FA Cup fourth round.

Jurgen Klopp made six changes to the side that tasted defeat against on Monday night as youngsters , , and came into the starting eleven.

Sadio Mane Goal vs Aston Villa

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But it was a strong Reds side in comparison to the hosts, with the likes of , , Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane all starting.

It took Liverpool a little more than three minutes to make the breakthrough as Sadio Mane pulled from his marker and headed Curtis Jones' inviting cross from the right.

Mane appeared to have injured himself whilst putting his header away, but the winger carried on despite a visible grimace as Klopp breathed a sigh of relief on the sidelines.

pulled up with a knock moments later after a coming together with a Villa player as went out to warm up, but the Reds vice-captain - like Mane - continued on the pitch.

The Reds dominated possession and took the game to Villa's youngsters as they looked to put the game to bed early on. They were denied a second as Fabinho's effort was blocked by Onodi, with the keeper producing an excellent double save to keep Mane's follow-up effort out.

Villa began to threaten on the counter as the first half wore on, but the Reds still looked comfortable for the most part as the game was played out in the hosts' half.

Louie Barry Goal vs Liverpool

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Mohamed Salah's driven effort from the right took a slight deflection but the goalkeeper was alert to the danger as he got down low to deny the Egyptian.

Villa began to see more of the ball and an excellent ball by Callum Rowe saw Louie Barry get the better of Rhys Williams before running through on goal and netting past Caoimhin Kelleher in goal.

Jordan Henderson and Curtis Jones both had long-range efforts from outside the box just before half-time, but the goalkeeper was up to the task on both occasions as it stayed 1-1.

The Reds skipper was replaced by Thiago at the break, with Klopp looking for his side to utilise their lions' share of possession with the Spaniard's ability to unlock defences.

The Reds thought they'd taken the lead through Salah after the Egyptian tucked the ball home from close-range on the second occasion, but the goal was disallowed for offside against the Egyptian.

Liverpool picked up the tempo as the half wore on as they took the lead again on the hour mark. The otherwise-quiet laid the ball off for Gini Wijnaldum, who was waiting at the edge of the box before calmly stroking the ball into the back of the net.

Gini Wijnaldum Goal vs Aston Villa

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It took less than three minutes for the Reds to add another as substitute Mane's header from 's clipped ball made its way past Onodi.

The Reds weren't finished there as they added a third goal in four minutes, with Shaqiri feeding Salah this time before the Egyptian pivoted inside the box and sent a driven finish into the bottom right corner.

Salah and Mane were both withdrawn with 15 minutes left on the clock as and came on. Origi joined fellow substitutes Shaqiri and up front as the Reds looked for a crowning fifth goal.

Thiago came inches away from his first Liverpool goal as he whipped the ball on to the crossbar from the outside of the box, with the midfielder displaying his exemplary striking technique yet again.

Liverpool finished the game in total control but couldn't find a fifth goal, with the Reds now set for a nine-day break before a huge clash against at on 17th January.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, N. Williams, R. Williams, Fabinho, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Salah, Minamino, Mane.

LFC Globe's MOTM: Thiago

Next Fixture: Man United (H) - 17 Jan, 4.30pm

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