Phenomenal Trent Alexander Arnold ends Liverpool’s Anfield voodoo!
Call it a voodoo, call it a curse, call it a blanket of misery or call it a never-ending tunnel of negativity.
Call it what you may, it’s finally over. The spell has been broken.
Yes, alien as it may sound, Liverpool have finally won at Anfield with their 2-1 triumph over Aston Villa. This was thanks to the super injury time strike by none other than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
This was after six successive defeats spanning almost four months of despair and dejection.
Home seems like home again and no more a place of suffering. The Kop has transformed into a shrine and Anfield is deservedly again our place of worship.
The injury time goal has set another record for the Reds, as being the only team to win a league game in the 90th minute for the 37th occasion in the Premier League, 12 more than any other side.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into a game that immersed me in a feeling of relief and celebration, as the Merseyside Club showed no mercy on the Lions:
Ollie Watkins and VAR sink Liverpool in the first 45
Liverpool began the game with much intent as Mohamed Salah created his first opportunity in just the 5th minute. The Egyptian drilled an effort on target to extract a save from Villa keeper, Martinez.
Salah had another opportunity to put the Reds in front minutes later. He unfortunately skimming the ball wide after a mistake from Mings made this possible on a Jota through-ball.
Diogo Jota had a chance of his own in the 32nd minute, as his header went inches above the post from an Andrew Robertson cross.
Despite the Reds attacking with all their might, the deadlock broke at the opposite end in the 43rd minute, as young England forward, Ollie Watkins poked a strike beating two defenders and keeper Alisson.
Aston Villa were one up at Anfield. Was Liverpool facing the same fate of suffering another beating at home?
Well, not exactly. The Reds in a matter of moments, equalised through Roberto Firmino. VAR saw it differently, though, adjudging Jota offside in the initial build up to the goal.
The margin was tight and the Reds were unlucky. The score stood at Liverpool 0 – 1 Aston Villa on the stroke of half-time.
Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander Arnold play the rescue act to perfection
VAR or not, the hosts had their equaliser in the 57th minute courtesy Mohamed Salah’s 28th goal of the season. The Egyptian forward made no mistake in converting the rebound after the Villa keeper did well to keep Andrew Robertson’s initial effort out.
This was Liverpool’s first goal in open play at Anfield since December 27th – a run of 12 hours and 44 minutes since Sadio Mane found the net against West Bromwich Albion. An insight into how terrible it has been for the Reds at their own fortress.
Minutes later, Aston Villa almost took the lead again. Trezeguet drilled the ball away from Alisson and it looked to be heading in, but took a rebound off the inside post and into the side netting.
The Reds were surely lucky to not be 2-1 down.
As the match seemed to be heading towards a 1-1 draw, Trent Alexander Arnold pulled a rabbit out of the hat. In injury time, the full-back scored a super goal from just outside the D after Thaigo’s initial effort was parried by Martinez.
The English defender was truly the star of the show, as his phenomenal strike got Liverpool back to winning ways at the minefield that Anfield had become over the last couple of months.
Positivity and belief make me dream again
Yes, miracles do happen!
Winning at Anfield for the Reds after being engulfed in dark clouds is nothing short of a miracle.
It’s not only me, but our manager Mr. Klopp, who too amid much positivity and belief dares to dream again.
His words summed up the mood perfectly post-match when the German with much confidence said ‘Liverpool have bolstered their belief ahead of Real Madrid after 2-1 win against Aston Villa’.
With the miracle at Anfield yesterday, our belief has been further strengthened to beat Madrid in the European return fixture and keep the chase on for the top 4 finish in the Premier League.
Until then, with victory in our endeavors and belief by our side, we say with much pride: ‘Unity is strength – Let’s Go Reds – You’ll Never Walk Alone’