A penalty that decides Liverpool’s clash with Aston Villa in a day in which the Reds vacated much on the pitch to end up tense, but three points is all that matters.
Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa
Premier League (16), Anfield
December 11, 2021
Goal: Salah (pen) 67 yen
It was a surreal day today as Steven Gerrard dominated the opposition defense but the front lines were clear from the start.
Liverpool dominated possession but failed to show it on the scoreboard in the first half and it took 67 minutes for Tyrone Mings to make a careless foul to open the scoring.
Mohamed Salah was fouled and the number 11 successfully converted from the penalty spot in what would prove to be the Reds’ only goal of the game, despite plenty of opportunities to score.
However, three points and a clean sheet helped Klopp’s men have a seventh consecutive victory to only be one point behind the leader. City man.
And the opening match made Liverpool fans praise the performance relentlessly on social networks, because although it was more difficult than it should be, the victory was what was important.
And the referee received the mention, but not for good reason:
It was a big win. Such intensity and quality about this Liverpool team. It’s a privilege to see them #LIVAVL
– Jamie Holme (@JamieHolme) December 11, 2021
3pm on a Saturday afternoon has the feel of a European night. A somewhat overwhelming match, Liverpool had to work tirelessly to get that victory. Matip, Henderson, Alexander-Arnold perfect from start to finish?
– King of Dominica (@DominicKing_DM) December 11, 2021
That’s harder than it should be. But, three points is all that matters.
– Paul Grech (@paul_grech) December 11, 2021
Liverpool deserved to win. Stuart Atwell deserved to lose. Still uncertain about Aston Villa. More when we have it.
– Neil Atkinson (@Knox_Harrington) December 11, 2021
A hero’s home game, a crunch victory and a referee coveted for attention. Stuart Attwell hung the boy’s head, which was a shock. #LFCdigest
– Danny Gallagher (@ Danny7Gallagher) December 11, 2021
Liverpool now have 10 clean sheets in their opening 16 Premier League games – only more this time in the 2005/06 season (13!).
– Andrew Beasley? (@BassTunedToRed) December 11, 2021
One of those umpire performances at Anfield where you wonder if they should be removed altogether and there’s a bump on the touchline blowing the whistle slightly randomly.
– Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) December 11, 2021
Villa were very lucky to go away without being beaten IMO – so many chances – we wasted too much in the final third but hey ho – I’d take three points any day.
– GaGs (@GagsTandon) December 11, 2021
Alexander Arnold defended brilliantly today. A lot has been said about that aspect of his game but a better way is to get credit for being connected defensively
– keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) December 11, 2021
A hard victory was fought from a difficult game. We managed to overwhelm Villa, who, to their credit, held and defended well. Of course Stuart Attwell gave them a hand…
– Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) December 11, 2021
His final tackles were poor, but Robertson added that the slower run to his arsenal made Liverpool a lot stronger going forward. Especially because Mané can go in or out. They have a lot of options to capture the point of attack.
– John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) December 11, 2021
The Reds’ hard-earned win this afternoon. I don’t believe I would have liked to have seen Gerrardball at Anfield sooner, though.
– Steven Scragg (@ Scraggy_74) December 11, 2021
Strong and relentless are the words and even Klopp’s full-time fist pumps are subdued, there’s plenty of battle ahead and the Reds to come.
https://www.thisisanfield.com/2021/12/liverpool-made-it-harder-than-it-shouldve-been-but-fans-welcome-3-more-points/ Liverpool made it “harder than it should have been” but fans welcome the extra 3 points! – Liverpool FC