Each Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis fell behind early on Saturday, and it felt like a pair upsets have been brewing.
As a substitute, what’s brewing is a hell of a Premier League title race.
Sadio Mané’s winner within the fourth minute of stoppage time adopted up Andrew Robertson’s late header as Liverpool escaped Aston Villa 2-1, whereas Kyle Walker arrange the equalizer after which scored the winner in Manchester Metropolis’s 2-1 victory over Southampton.
Liverpool’s late rally stuns Aston Villa
It didn’t appear to be Liverpool’s day in any respect. Aston Villa took the lead halfway by way of the primary half when the video assistant referee confirmed striker Trézéguet was onside. Not lengthy after, VAR dominated out Roberto Firmino’s obvious objective that may have introduced the match degree.
With issues as nervy as they might get within the 87th minute, Andrew Robertson charged down the left facet and headed residence a lifeline:
Within the fourth minute of stoppage time, Mané despatched Liverpool’s touring followers into raptures — and the remainder of Villa Park into silence:
Liverpool has a laundry checklist of matches and moments it could level to within the Premier League period that price the membership titles. It’s going to be embedded within the wealthy historical past at Anfield till Liverpool does one thing about it.
This might be that season. These moments may lastly be beginning to swing their method.
Kyle Walker keys Manchester Metropolis comeback
Liverpool will want each break it could get, as a result of Manchester Metropolis isn’t letting go of the Premier League trophy with no combat.
Metropolis turned embarrassment into enjoyment with two late targets of their very own to beat Southampton, whom additionally they beat midweek within the League Cup.
First, Walker patiently teed up a bullet cross from the appropriate within the seventieth minute that Sergio Agüero completed with aplomb:
Then as stoppage time approached, left again Angeliño lofted a cross into the field that Walker adjusted nicely on the fly to drive residence:
This was Southampton’s first Premier League sport since struggling the joint-worst defeat within the historical past of the competitors, a 9-0 wipeout towards Leicester Metropolis eight days in the past.
This was a crushing loss otherwise, however at the least the Saints have been aggressive.
Liverpool maintains six-point lead atop Premier League
After all of the fireworks, issues stand simply as they did coming into the matchweek. Liverpool sits atop the desk with 31 factors, whereas Metropolis is second with 25.
Leicester and Chelsea are each third with 20 factors, so the highest two are already separating. Liverpool is conserving Metropolis at arm’s size for now, however how lengthy will that final?
Slipping up merely can’t be afforded. On Saturday, Mané and the Reds didn’t.
Doug McIntyre contributed to this story.
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