*Bumper* Post-Match Analysis: Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa

*Bumper* Post-Match Analysis: Liverpool 1-0 Aston Villa
December 11, 2021 Daniel Rhodes

Paul Tomkins, Andrew Beasley, Daniel Rhodes, Chris Rowland and other TTT regulars will give their thoughts for 24 hours after the game, and we’ll have all the post-match stats too.

Post-Match Thoughts

Paul Tomkins:

In the end the Reds messed up two 3-on-1 breaks, could have had five penalties and possibly even conceded a generally undeserved late spot-kick by the curiously hesitant Alisson (advice: cut that fringe!), but won yet again. Liverpool are closing in on a scarcely believable 80% win rate in all competitions (79%).

The rarity of an Anfield penalty (and even more rare, it was Kop-end) moves the Reds into mid-table in the penalties-won league, level with Norwich City, on a day of decisive spot-kicks in the title race.

If the title was decided by penalties received, Chelsea would be champions by some distance. West Ham, Everton, Brighton, Leeds and Brentford follow, just to show how drawing fouls with constant attacking and being bundled over in the box (as we see with Liverpool every week) has nothing to do with what the officials give, but on this occasion one stone-waller was enough.

Indeed, long gone are the days when a Steven Gerrard-captained team could win 12 penalties in a league season (almost all won by British players); now, getting three or four feels like a miracle.

I thought Joel Matip was outstanding, Jordan Henderson a powerpack of energy, but Mo Salah, who was more involved after half-time, was generally off in his final moments (bar the penalty), Virgil van Dijk looked too lax at times, and Thiago was not as effective as a week ago.