Liverpool is becoming a ‘master’ day by day. No matter what happens in the match, they are hitting at the end. Having trailed 3-2 in the previous match in the league, Liverpool scored two goals in the space of a minute to win. Even yesterday, the All Reds, who trailed for 75 minutes against Crystal Palace, left the field with a 2-1 victory.
After that, they looked forward to the next match. Two earlier this week were Liverpool. And yesterday, third-placed Aston Villa and top-placed Arsenal met. The Villains, who are in great form at home, beat the Gunners 1-0. Liverpool has risen to the top of the league. Aston Villa are still three points behind Arsenal but have narrowed the points gap to one.
Villa defeated champions Manchester City in the previous match. The 92-year-old record of 14 consecutive home wins went ahead in 7 minutes yesterday. On the right wing, Leon Bailey made a great move into the box and slotted the ball through three defenders to skipper John McGinn. Arsenal goalkeeper Raya could not stop McGinn taking control of the ball and turning himself 180 degrees.
Arsenal then continued to try and had a number of chances to equalise. But the team made a mess in the box. Arsenal had a claim for a penalty at the start of the second half. But Douglas Lewis kicked Gabriel Jesus’ leg but the referee didn’t think it was enough for a penalty.
Arsenal repaid the goal in the 90th minute. But Eddie Nketiah’s goal was disallowed by Kai Havertz’s handball in the build-up. Coach Mikel Arteta, who was not in the dugout for the red card, said he had a ‘big opinion’ about it, but did not share his opinion for fear of punishment.
Meanwhile, Villa coach Unai Emery, who dismissed the topic of being in the race for the title in the previous match, admitted yesterday that they have to get used to such talk. We are here because we deserve it. They will talk more about us. But I will send everyone the same message as before, the media and the supporters. We are thrilled, we are inspired. We are now in three, but there are seven other teams that are ahead of us in the race for the top seven. If the position is the same in the 30th or 32nd match of the season, then I will give another message.’