The second half changes inspired Liverpool's victory over Aston Villa

The second half changes inspired Liverpool's victory over Aston Villa

The Premier League champions Liverpool beat Aston Villa 2-0 in their first game at Anfield since the league has restarted. 

In the first half, it was a pretty quiet affair. The Reds dominated the possession securing more than 70% of the ball, but with just a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes of the game. 

The pace improved in the second half and, surprisingly, Aston Villa looked brighter and sharper of the two sides. 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reacted with a triple substitute change, as he sent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Faibinho and Divock Origi on the field. 

The changes proved to be the fire his team needs, as it took just 10 minutes for Sadio Mane to score the opener. 

Substitute Curtis Jones doubled the lead in 89' with a left-footed strike following an assist by Mohamed Salah. 

Liverpool's next fixture is against Brighton on Wednesday while Villans meet Manchester United on Thursday.

The biggest Liverpool rivals in the previous two seasons Manchester City lost 1-0 in Southampton despite having a total stats dominance.

It's a shocking win for Ralph Hassenhuttl's men, but it's also worth mentioning that City boss Pep Guardiola made six changes compared to the lineup from a  4-0 victory over Liverpool.

Che Adams scored his first career goal for Southampton, with a stunning long-range shot that brought his team a huge victory. 

Citizens responded with a wave of attacks but home keeper Alex McCarthy was inspired on the night and didn't let his team drop three points against former champions.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl hailed the victory as his side's best home performance in his time at the club and said they had been aware of the chance to expose Ederson.

The game was also another record-breaker for Guardiola but in a negative manner, as he never previously lost three straight away games in his career.

 City stay second-placed with 66 points, eight points clear of third-placed Leicester, while Southampton jumped over Crystal Palace and are safe in the midtable.

Standings provided by SofaScore LiveScore


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