Five things we learned from Liverpool's 2-1 win over Aston Villa

After a late winner from Trent Alexander-Arnold to get Liverpool a vital three points what did we learn from the close encounter?

A late goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold ensured that Liverpool took all three points in their Premier League match against Aston Villa. In a match full of excitement with a VAR controversy, the usual Mohamed Salah goal and a last minute winner, what did we learn? 

1) Anfield is no longer cursed

After seven losses on the bounce at the famous old ground finally, finally the winless run has ended. It ended in some style as well. A bullet from Trent Alexander-Arnold that arrowed into the bottom right-hand corner gave the Premier League champions the lead in the 91st minute. 

It was a good performance from Liverpool as well, making a change from the woeful past seven games and Klopp's men were actually able to flip the game on it's head and now there can be some optimism for the rest of home games in the run-in. The curse is no longer.

2)Trent Alexander-Arnold has to be in the Euros squad

There has been debate after debate after debate about the England European championship squad and especially the right back position. One debate which should just be put to bed right this second is whether Alexander-Arnold goes and whether he starts. 

It would be insanity if Gareth Southgate does not take him and he is sat at home watching England. The Champions League and Premier League winner who is only 22 years-old is a game changer and he is a right back. He has gotten Liverpool back on track with his winner today with Southgate watching in the stands. Hope you were watching, Gareth.

3)Roberto Firmino makes a huge difference

After being so hot and cold all season long many believe Firmino's time as the main man through the middle could be done. The Brazilian has only scored six goals in the league but his overall impact is so easy to see and against Aston Villa he was a menace. 

Liverpool missed his prescence dropping deep against Real Madrid. He was carrying the ball and creating openings so much it was a pleasure to see. Firmino should have had his goal after the ball fell to him in the six yard box and he had the composure to lift it over the Villa defenders on the line. 

Unfortunately, a farcical VAR offside decision denied him capping off a splendid performance. Off the back of that game Firmino has to start against Real Madrid,

4) Alisson's form is starting to become a worry

Alisson Becker was a revolutionary signing for Liverpool. He has won Jurgen Klopp's side so many points and without him the Champions League victory in Madrid would not have been possible. However this season, like a lot of the team, his standards have dropped. 

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There has been too many mistakes and in the last two games he has not covered himself in glory. Ollie Watkins's goal today was very preventable. Alisson got a hand to it and the ball went under him into the back of the net. If he went with his feet it would have never went in. 

The comparisons to Pepe Reina have already started amongst fans as the Spaniard had a similar drop off towards the end of his Liverpool career. Hopefully Alisson can get back to his best sooner rather than later.

5) John McGinn would be an ideal Gini Wijnaldum replacement 

Aston Villa have had many plaudits this season for their at times lovely attacking football. One player who has been slightly underrated for them is John McGinn. The midfielder is a vital cog in Dean Smith's side as his defensive work rate in midfield allows their attacking players to have the freedom. 

However, he himself gets involved in the attacking plays as well. With six assists to his name in the league he is dangerous and at just 26-years-old McGinn still has plenty of time left to establish himself as one of the best Premier League midfielders about. With Wijnaldum looking likely to leave in the summer, could Klopp be tempted to look at McGinn after another assist from him today?