Liverpool’s win against Aston Villa in the Premier League match was said to be the former’s best win so far. In last Sunday’s game, the club won 3-0 against the Birmingham-based club. This win put Liverpool in the third spot with ten points in the Premier League.
As a result of its loss against the Reds, Aston Villa had to settle with its current position, eight places behind Liverpool. The club is now in 11th place with six points in the Premier League.
Excitement has been off the charts since the start of the 2023 Premier League on August 11. Fans are at their all-time high in supporting their beloved clubs.
The win looked easy and clean for Liverpool, but that does not mean the club is without defense. Liverpool’s defense was reportedly solid, even earning praise from English football pundit Alan Shearer. Shearer praised defender Joe Gomez’s performance, citing the defender’s moves as “impressive” and mentioning that Gomez had demonstrated an impressive display during the match.
The club was said to be impenetrable until minute 33, an impressive feat considering they played without captain Virgil Van Dijk, who was sent off to Newcastle. It seems the game was the first of multiple games Liverpool will have to play without their captain. That said, the win was a noticeable improvement, as Van Dijk missed six Premier League games last season. As a result, Liverpool won only one game throughout the season.
The club opened strong at the match with goals from Dominik Szoboszlai. Just three minutes in, Szoboszlai already scored a strong goal. The goal became the first goal Szoboszlai scored with Liverpool, as he had just recently signed with the club earlier this July. Szoboszlai sealed the deal with Liverpool in the club’s summer transfer window, becoming the second player to be signed. Before switching to Liverpool, he played in the Bundesliga with Leipzig for two years.
After Szoboszlai’s goal, Liverpool quickly scored another goal. This time, it was courtesy of forward Mohamed Salah. The two goals were followed by an own goal committed by Aston Villa’s Matty Cash, making it clear that Liverpool was set to win the match.
The only setback for the Reds was Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury. The full-back was subsequently pulled out from the field. Liverpool’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, revealed that Alexander-Arnold’s injury was apparently a hamstring issue. The injury has forced Alexander-Arnold to undergo a scan and further injury assessment.
Liverpool insists on keeping Mohamed Salah
In addition to Szoboszlai, Mohamed Salah’s contribution to Liverpool’s win was one of the match’s highlights. There have been talks about Liverpool receiving tempting offers from Al-Ittihad for Salah, sparking rumors about the player’s transfer.
However, after his win in this match, Klopp made it clear that no amount of money will tempt Liverpool to sell Salah. Liverpool is adamant about keeping Salah on the team and maintaining his position in the club.
The reason why Liverpool chose to decline the offers was because Klopp said Salah’s performances showed full commitment to Liverpool and that Salah himself has no intentions of leaving the club. According to the 30-year-old, joining Liverpool was never about the money.
“This club means a lot to me – I’ve enjoyed my football here more than anywhere, I gave the club everything and it’s like a family here,” Salah said.
Szoboszlai further supported Klopp’s statement. The new sign reportedly heard Salah tell his teammates he intended to stay. The decision gained full support and was warmly welcomed by the team.
The Saudi Pro League side offered Liverpool a £150 million bid for Salah but was immediately declined. The club, one of the four clubs backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, is expected to make another offer for Salah before the transfer deadline.
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