Liverpool wasted no time brushing off the stink of the Real Madrid Champions League defeat by coming back from behind against Aston Villa in the Premier League. Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the second half before Trent Alexander-Arnold found the winner right at the death. All in all, a good day at the office.
Salah was certainly upbeat after the game.
“It’s really important,” Salah told Sky Sports, as reported by the official Liverpool site. “There are only seven games left still, so it’s really important to win. We are fighting for fourth place, we want to play in the Champions League next season.
“We’ll keep fighting also in the next game against [Real] Madrid. The most important thing is we just need to focus on each game – we’ll try to win all and hopefully we can be in fourth place.
“Finally we won here [at Anfield]. It was a great game, a tough team. We could strike back in the second half and win the game, that’s the most important thing.
“To fight back, that’s the most important thing. We didn’t win a couple of games here. Mentally, it [could have been] like, ‘Ah, not again.’
“So we go in the dressing room after the first half and everybody was talking to each other. We did a good job in the second half and won the game.
“It’s hard not to win at Anfield for a couple of games. Being 1-0 down in the first half was also hard, we missed a couple of chances – ‘Ah, not again.’ But the good thing is we keep fighting and we did good in the second half.”
Liverpool have a very tough challenge midweek to overturn the first leg defeat against Real Madrid. But they also have a job to do in qualifying for the Champions League, and yesterday was a clear positive step. We go again.