Emi Martinez makes claim about Liverpool win over Aston Villa
Emi Martinez has claimed – in comments reported by the Express and Star – that Aston Villa deserved to win in their clash with Liverpool, suggesting that the Reds had an ‘unbelievable’ piece of fortune for the equaliser.
Jurgen Klopp’s men got back to winning ways at Anfield at the weekend. But fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst when Ollie Watkins gave the Villans the lead.
Liverpool had a goal ruled out for offside in hugely controversial circumstances during the first-half. But they managed to turn the game around after the break.
Mohamed Salah equalised after Martinez’s save dropped perfectly into the path of the Egyptian. And Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a stunning winner as the full-time whistle loomed.
Martinez suggested that Villa felt hard done by by the result, expressing his disbelief at Salah’s goal in particular.
“They got lucky with a good finish at the end. It is disappointing,” he said, as reported by the Express and Star.
“My job is to keep the first one out and then hopefully we clear it. The first one went straight to Mo Salah’s head which was unbelievable. I got a really good hand to it.
“The second one we cleared and Alexander-Arnold has taken a touch in the middle of the goal and smashed it into the corner. It was quite difficult to save that one. But credit to the team. I thought we did really well. It is not an easy place to go and I thought we deserved more than a draw.”
Liverpool fans will point to the controversy surrounding Roberto Firmino’s disallowed goal as reason to suggest that they ultimately got what they deserved.
The decision to rule Diogo Jota offside was contentious to say the least.
Liverpool did extremely well to recover from that and go on and win. And Klopp will be hoping that their domestic form has now turned a corner.
Villa meanwhile, will set their sights on turning their own fortunes around. It has largely been an amazing season for Dean Smith’s side, and they will not want throw away some of the progress they have made.
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