Roberto Firmino scored a dramatic late equalizer to keep Liverpool’s slim chances of a top-four Premier League finish alive in a 1-1 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Brazilian, in his final appearance at Anfield after eight seasons with the Merseyside club, delighted the crowd with an 89th-minute goal in Liverpool’s last home game.
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Jurgen Klopp’s side are fifth with 66 points with a game to play, but are three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United who have a game to play. Unai Emery’s Villa are seventh with 58 points from 37 matches.
Jacob Ramsey put Villa ahead in the 27th minute, after sustained pressure, darting in at the back post to head in goalkeeper Alisson’s cross from Douglas Luiz’s pass.
Villa could have taken the lead five minutes from time with a penalty, but Ollie Watkins sent his shot wide.
Liverpool thought they had equalized early in the second half with Cody Gakpo’s close-range goal, but it was ruled out for offside after a lengthy VAR check.
Liverpool need to win their last game at Southampton next week, and hope Man United and Newcastle United lose their remaining two games to secure a Champions League berth.