Liverpool 2 – 0 Aston Villa
(Mane 71’, C.Jones 89’)
Newly crowned Premier League Champions Liverpool overcame Aston Villa in their first game at Anfield since securing the title.
A somewhat subdued Liverpool were not at their fluent best in the first half, as Aston Villa put in a strong disciplined display to frustrate the champions and created a few chances of their own.
The second half followed a similar pattern until Sadio Mane converted following a slick move with Naby Keita 19 minutes from time.
Liverpool doubled their lead when youngster Curtis Jones struck with a precise finish to secure all three points for Liverpool and condemn Villa to another away defeat.
What does this mean?
Liverpool continue their march towards a record points tally with the league already sewn up. Aston Villa are firmly cemented in the relegation places and face an uphill battle to secure their Premier League status.
Liverpool travel to Brighton (Wednesday 8th July kick off 20:15). Aston Villa host Champions League chasing Manchester United (Thursday 9th July kick off 20:15).