With plenty of rotation for our EFL Cup fourth round tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa welcomed table toppers Liverpool to Villa Park for today’s Premier League clash.
The biggest question on team selection was would Jack Grealish feature? And he didn’t.
Liverpool dominated the game and for a change, Jonathan Moss and VAR, worked in our favour. Trezeguet gave us the advantage 21 minutes in and for a long time a gutsy and organised showing looked like we’d take all three points. The visitors got the leveller with three minutes remaining in the game and in fairness, a point a piece would’ve been a fair scoreline, but with five minutes of stoppage time from nowhere, Liverpool nicked it.
The final result shouldn’t change how good a performance that was as we played to our strengths, but there remain big question marks about Wesley, but there were definitely plenty of positives.
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, head coach Dean Smith said of our efforts in what was another tough clash.
“We’re disappointed we have come out with nothing. It’s a tough one to take. We created some big chances in the game but two basic mistakes cost us. We were always a threat on the counter-attack. We knew they were always going to have the ball. Their full-backs are very attacking. I think we got away with one with the VAR incident and Lallana missed a big chance as well.”