Liverpool picks first win of the year at Anfield

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stoppage-time goal helped Liverpool come from behind to beat Aston Villa 2-1 for a first home win since Boxing Day that boosted their hopes of a top-four finish.

Liverpool started strongly and Mohamed Salah had their best chance, but shot wide when through on goal.

Villa went ahead two minutes before half-time against the run of play, Ollie Watkins controlling John McGinn’s pass before firing beneath Alisson.

Salah drew Liverpool level on 57 minutes with their first goal from open play at Anfield in 765 minutes, nodding in after Emiliano Martinez had saved Andrew Robertson’s shot.

Trezeguet almost restored Villa’s lead but his shot hit a post, before he headed the rebound wide.

In added time, Alexander-Arnold fired the winner into the bottom corner shortly after another spectacular Martinez save.

By ending a run of six straight home defeats Liverpool go fourth on 52 points, while Villa are 10th on 44 points.

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