Many had suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s team suffered from a sort of hangover during Thursday’s 4-0 demolition at the hands of Manchester City – the heaviest defeat for an already crowned Premier League champion – but Liverpool recovered in time to put relegation – threatened Aston Villa with a sword.
Sunday was not easy at Anfield, when Villa lost several good chances to take the lead, before Sadio Mane finally broke the deadlock after 71 minutes. Villa, who gave the host an honor guard before the match, had new chances to even the scores, but Liverpool youth Curtis Jones clinched victory in the final moments with his first Premier League goal .
This concludes a perfect weekend for Jones, 19, who signed a new five-year contract with his childhood club on Saturday.
Klopp cut a desperate figure after the loss to City and became irritable with simple questions from a reporter after the game, although his mood will likely improve Sunday evening.
Some had questioned Liverpool’s desire to go out and win after winning the club’s first high-level title in 30 years. These doubts were surely resolved by a combat performance against Villa.
Victory has maintained Liverpool’s perfect Premier League home record this season, with 17 wins in 17 games, and also keeps the club on track for the Premier League record total points.
The Manchester City Centurions of 2017/18 hold the current record after becoming the first team to reach 100 points. If Liverpool wins all of its five remaining matches, the club will set a new record 104 points.
Next match for Liverpool: Brighton and Burnley struggles again, before ending the season against Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle.