EPL: Liverpool maintain unbeaten start with dominant win over Aston Villa | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Liverpool displayed shades of their dominant Jurgen Klopp era as they secured a resounding 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Anfield on Sunday, extending their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season.
Goals from Dominik Szoboszlai, netting his first for the club, and the prolific Mohamed Salah, combined with Matty Cash‘s unfortunate own goal, secured three crucial points for Liverpool.
This victory narrows the gap between the Reds and league leaders Manchester City to just two points, positioning Liverpool as strong contenders early in the campaign.
The manner of the victory and a commendable tally of 10 points from their challenging opening four fixtures have rekindled hopes of a title challenge among Liverpool supporters.
In the seasons following Liverpool’s long-awaited Premier League triumph in 2020, Klopp’s team narrowly missed out on the title to Manchester City by just one point in 2019 and 2022. However, last season witnessed a decline as the Reds finished fifth, missing out on Champions League qualification for the first time in seven years.

Liverpool faced a challenging summer transfer window, which saw them fall short in acquiring several targets. Klopp had to undertake a complete midfield overhaul, but signings like Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister have seamlessly integrated into the squad.
A pivotal moment in Liverpool’s summer business was their decision to reject a substantial offer from Saudi side Al-Ittihad for Mohamed Salah, demonstrating their intent to retain their star player.
Salah, a constant threat throughout the match, showcased Liverpool’s attacking prowess, complemented by Darwin Nunez, who is finding his stride after a challenging debut season. Nunez, rewarded for his two-goal heroics against Newcastle last week, made his first start of the season.
Liverpool swiftly broke the deadlock in the third minute through Szoboszlai’s powerful left-footed strike from a corner. Trent Alexander-Arnold, adapting to his new midfield role, orchestrated the game, setting up the move for the second goal. Salah provided the assist, and Nunez’s shot rebounded off the post, eventually deflecting in off Cash.

Liverpool could have increased their lead further before half-time, with chances from Joel Matip and Nunez. Aston Villa also had opportunities to make the contest more competitive, with John McGinn and Cash missing clear-cut chances.
Ultimately, Salah got the goal he deserved in the 55th minute, capitalising on a corner and converting Nunez’s header at the back post. Liverpool’s relentless attacking display, combined with solid defending and Alisson Becker’s exceptional saves, secured the convincing win at Anfield.
(With inputs from AFP)

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