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Phil Dawkes

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    That is all from me. Get yourself on over to our Southampton v Man City live text coverage, featuring the fine words of Mr Tom Rostance along with the option to watch on BBC One.

    If you hurry you'll be able to see a cracking opener from Saints' Che Adams!

  2. 'Curtis deserves the goal'

    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Liverpool

    More from Klopp on Curtis Jones: "What Curtis has is he's in these positions. There's no lack of confidence. He wants to be there, he wants to be decisive and that's really good, he deserves the goal and the appearance and I'm really happy for him."

    On chasing points record: "The only thing I can say is there's no chance to win records if you constantly think about records.

    "We don't want a record we want the three points. We don't think about these things, three points is difficult enough. Today Aston Villa was fighting with all they had and it makes life uncomfortable. I like it, it was not a brilliant performance but it was a good performance that gets us three points."

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    Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: "A very difficult game for different reasons. Villa are obviously organised and made it tricky for us. The wind made it tricky for both but it was really hard to play normal football.

    "We had to stay on track and do the right things and in the second half we had more of the good moments. You could see we needed time to get used to it. Two situations could have been penalties, we were unlucky but I'm fine - we are where we are because we win difficult games."

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    In case you are clocking on here after having missed all the action, why not have a read of our report.

    To summarise, Liverpool weren't great but they won. And Curtis Jones scored one of the goals.

  5. 'We must keep our belief'

    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Aston Villa

    Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "I'm disappointed. I don't want to be a valiant loser, we're scrapping for points. To out-shoot Liverpool at home at Anfield, in terms of efforts on goal, it's excellent - but need to take our opportunities. We never found the quality in the final third they did.

    "Was it the best time to come to Anfield? Jurgen Klopp teams don't take their foot off the gas, I don't thank him [Klopp] for bringing the three subs on, that strengthened them but we were in the game the whole way through. Unfortunately they beat our press with their quality in the end.

    "It's a tough task but we're still in it that's for sure. Our performances since the restart haven't got the results they deserved. We have got to make the most of our chances. We need to keep the belief in the dressing room, it's some achievement to come here and play as we did but we have to maintain the belief. I thought we more than matched them."

  6. Still to come...

    In case you weren't aware, we've got another game before the Premier League closes shop for the day.

    Manchester City are at Southampton. And Pep has done his best to annoy all the fantasy football managers out there. Head here to see the damage. Oh and to follow the game, of course.

    You canwatch the action on BBC One and this website.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    In contrast, Aston Villa have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last 24 Premier League away games, since a 0-0 draw with West Brom in January 2016. It’s their longest such run in the top-flight since September 1989 (38 games).

    Villa are also without a victory in nine Premier League games (D2 L7), the longest current winless run in the competition.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    So, Liverpool have now won each of their last 34 Premier League matches when scoring the first goal of the game, since a 1-1 draw with West Ham United in February 2019.

    The Reds are also are unbeaten in their last 57 Premier League home games (W47 D10), winning each of the last 24 in a row.

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    Fabien Riley: Not sure why everyone is so surprised. This is how Liverpool have played all season, lockdown made everyone forget they've been scraping results all year?

    Ed O'Toole: that was the type of win that has been the hallmark of Liverpool’s season. Gritty, Determined , and doing enough to get over the line. Champions need that quality, as well as the scintillating stuff too.

  10. 'We can think about records later'

    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Liverpool

    Liverpool forward Sadio Mane speaking to Sky Sports: "We pushed as a team until the end and created some chances. It wasn't an easy game but at least we deserved these three points.

    "I think sometimes you can't expect always to score five or four against a good opponent. They were really organised and we were playing patiently until the gaps opened and we scored the two goals.

    "For us right now it is most important to win games, then you can think about records.

    "We have important games and we will try to play game by game. It won't be easy but that is the Premier League - it is always difficult."

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    That defeat leaves Villa 18th, a point and a place behind Watford.

    West Ham's draw at Newcastle leaves them four points ahead of Dean Smith's side. Not a huge gap but enough to ease the panic.

    It is starting to look like potentially three from four at the bottom.

    That game between West Ham and Villa on the last day could still turn out to be a belter.

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    SMS Message: I feel Villa are doomed. Not necessarily because they are the worst team near the bottom but looking at the fixtures there are too many teams around them playing each other over the coming weeks. from Paul E.
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    It has been a good week for Curtis Jones.

    The 19-year-old signed a new five-year deal yesterday. Now he has his first Premier League goal.

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    Villa will be gutted, after putting such a huge amount into the game. They gave as good as they got for the vast majority of it, but in the end a couple of moments of class were the difference.

    Mane and Jones give Liverpool a win in their first game at Anfield since being crowned champions. That is 17 wins out of 17 games as home this season.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

  16. 'Scrappy display'

    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Mark Lawrenson

    Ex-Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    At times it was a scrappy display. The wind has spoiled the quality of the game but like all good sides they have found a way to win - which is the important thing.

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    There were four minutes between Jones coming on and scoring.

    You'll remember he also scored the winner in that FA Cup tie against Everton earlier in the season.

    Big future ahead of him.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Another Reds youngster gets some minutes as Neco Williams replaces Andy Robertson in injury time.

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    Scott: Aston Villa are so ordinary and it's sad to see. Nothing up front, generally useless at the back (not too bad today tbf). A recipe for relegation.

    Ronnie Harris: The best teams win when playing badly said every pundit ever about other teams

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    Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa

    Oh save, Alisson.

    Jack Grealish is in down the left and looking to give Villa a slim lifeline, but the Reds keeper gets down to stick a hand out and prevent the low finish finding the bottom corner.