It has been an exciting week for football fans. After a thrilling fourth round of the Carabao Cup where Liverpool and Arsenal played out an entertaining 5-5 draw, it was the Premier League's turn to show why it is regarded as one of the most competitive leagues in world football. As the top two of Liverpool and Manchester City faced Aston Villa and Southampton respectively, it was the late late show on Matchday 11 of the Premier League.
League leaders Liverpool headed to Villa Park looking to continue their impressive form in the league so far. Dean Smith's Aston Villa were one of the three teams to have been promoted to the Premier League this season. However, with the way Aston Villa played on the evening, you would be forgiven to think that they've been in the Premier League for seasons altogether.
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Sadio Mane has scored more injury time goals (3) than any other player in the Premier League in 2019.
Trezeguet put Aston Villa ahead in the 21st minute, converting a freekick from the impressive John McGinn. From the 21st minute, all the way till the 86th minute, Aston Villa held on to their lead, with the midfield especially putting in an industrious shift. In the 87th minute, Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson lost his marker to head in a cross from Sadio Mane to net the equaliser for the Reds. Then, eight minutes later, Liverpool showed why Jurgen Klopp has named his squad as the "mentality monsters". Sadio Mane got on the end of a cross from Trent-Alexander Arnold to spark bedlam at Villa Park and secured three points for Liverpool. The win against Aston Villa ensured that the six-point gap Liverpool had before the start of the game remained intact.
Manchester City were at home to a Southampton side that had shipped 12 goals in their last two games. However, Pep Guardiola's side found themselves 1-0 down early in the game when James Ward-Prowse punished an error from Ederson to put the Saints ahead in the 13th minute. Just like the Aston Villa vs Liverpool game, the underdogs held on to their lead all the way till the 70th minute, which is when Sergio Aguero decided to come to City's rescue. Kyle Walker whipped in a delightful low cross across the Saints' box, which Aguero duly converted from to net City's equaliser. Fifteen minutes later, Kyle Walker would once again come to the fore. Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could only manage a weak parry from Angelino's cross, but Kyle Walker was in the right place at the right time to secure three points for Manchester City on a nervy night for the Premier League champions.