Mane keeps Reds in EPL title chase

English Premier League

Liverpool got their title charge back on track after rallying from behind to defeat Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park on Tuesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the Liverpool starting line-up. Mohamed Salah, Ibrahima Kounate, Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and Andy Robertson were replaced by Naby Keita, Curtis Jones, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota after the draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Gerrard's men got off to a flyer by taking the lead with just three minutes on the clock. Lucas Digne delivered into the box and Douglas LUiz rise highest with Alisson only able to parry the ball back to him and he smashed the rebound into the back of the net.

It was a frenetic start to the match as just three minutes later Liverpool equalised. Villa made a hash of clearing a Liverpool free-kick away and after a bit of ping-pong in the box Virgil van Dijk's shot was deflected kindly to Matip, who poked home from close range.

It was almost 2-1 to Klopp's side in the 20th minute. Tsimikas delivered from the left in between the two centre-backs for Sadio Mane, whose glanced header shaved the far-post upright.

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Villa midfielder John McGinn then curled a lovely ball into the box for Danny Ings, whose header grazed the crossbar before Keita scuffed a glorious opportunity wide for Liverpool with the goal at his mercy as the sides went into the break locked at one apiece.

The Reds began the first half well and increased their share of the possession from 59 percent to 70 percent. Trent Alexander-Arnold curled a dipping free-kick narrowly over the bar three minutes after the break.

The game went through a lull until the 65th minute when Liverpool grabbed the lead after Luis Díaz's cross into the box from the left was glanced into the far corner of the net by Mane for the turnaround.

Genuine openings had become a rarity but Ings was denied by Alisson at the near post after he had skipped past four Liverpool defenders with some impressive dribbling skills.

In the end, Klopp's side held on for the win to keep the pressure up on leaders Manchester City.

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