Thiago brings the turning point: Liverpool pulls away in five minutes
- Title : Thiago brings the turning point: Liverpool pulls away in five minutes
In the league, Liverpool lost 7-2 at Aston Villa in October - the revenge was successful in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. However, the English champions only had to deal with a C-Elf. Nevertheless, the Reds had long struggled.
Long before the FA Cup game against Liverpool FC, it was clear that the Villans would have had to get along without their entire professional team and the associated coaching and support staff due to a "significant number" of positive corona tests against the Reds. There was a selection of players from the U-23 and U-18 teams against the reigning Premier League champions.
Even if "some of them were so young that their parents had to drive them to Villa Park", as Christian Purslow (Aston Villas managing director) previously pointed out to "BT Sport", Jürgen Klopp did not take the game lightly. This was also made clear by Liverpool's starting line-up, in which numerous regulars were represented.
Mané opens early, then Onodi closes
As expected, the Reds dominated the very young emergency team of the league opponent at a moderate pace, which was rarely allowed to try their hand at the ball in the first 20 minutes (a little more than ten percent possession). The deep and passionate defending Villans did not have to pay too much hardship at first, because Liverpool only achieved a few high-profile degrees from the game after Mané's early opening goal (4th). And when things got dangerous, goalkeeper Onodi was there. The 19-year-old Hungarian kept his team in the game with numerous great saves.