It looked like another disappointing day for Liverpool when they fell behind to Ollie Watkins’ opener, while Roberto Firmino saw a controversial offside call to deny him a leveller.

Salah is finally happy that they won the game at Anfield

Mohamed Salah has expressed his relief at seeing Liverpool return to winning paths at Anfield, with their first success on home soil since December 16, beating Aston Villa 2-1. It looked like another disappointing day for Liverpool when they fell behind to Ollie Watkins’ opener, while Roberto Firmino saw a controversial offside call to deny him a leveller. He eventually restored parity just before the hour mark, before Trent Alexander-Arnold crashed in a dramatic stop-time winner, and Jurgen Klopp’s side can breathe a little easier after finishing an eight-game winless run. Salah told reporters after helping to pick up three priceless points: “Finally! It was a great game, a tough game, but we won the game, and that is the most important thing.”

Liverpool want to play in the UCL next year

“We lost a couple of games here, and it was mentally like ‘oh no, not again’, but we did a good job in the second half. It’s hard not to win a couple of games at Anfield. We also missed a couple of possibilities in the first half and thought ‘not again’, but we managed to play well in the second half. It’s essential to win. I think there are only seven games left, so it’s crucial. We want to play in the Champions League next year, but we have to focus on each game and try to win them all, and hopefully, we can be in that fourth place.” Alexander-Arnold has experienced a tough couple of weeks after being out of the England squad and making the costly mistake in Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

However, the 22-year-old never wanted to hide and offered the perfect answer to his doubters when curling home a vital late strike against Aston Villa. Salah said of the confident right-back: “I think he needs to push himself. He trained well and played well the last couple of games. He needs to try and stay focused – not listening to anyone, just trying as much as possible, and that will come.” Liverpool have kept themselves on the hunt for a top-four finish with a much-needed win and will welcome Real Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday with restored confidence. They have seven games left to play during the 2020-21 Premier League campaign, with the reigning champions who want to end up prosperous after experiencing a testing season for all interested.