Liverpool beat Aston Villa and regain sixth place

LONDON: Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3-1, thanks to goals from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dyck and Stefan Pectic, to advance to sixth place in the English Premier League on Monday. Salah brought in the visitors took the lead after five minutes, after two wonderful passes between full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. Defender Van Dyck added the second goal in the 37th minute with a powerful left-footed shot, following a pass from Salah. Ollie Watkins got one back for the home side with a brilliant header into the far corner of goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the 59th minute. 18-year-old Pejstic sealed Liverpool’s victory nine minutes before full time, scoring his first goal with the first team. Both teams had chances in a fun game, relying on long balls behind the defenders. Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez missed many chances, including a direct shot saved by the Villa goalkeeper. Villa remained in 12th place on 18 points, compared to 25 points for Liverpool, who are one point behind rivals Manchester United in fifth in table, and 12 points behind leaders Arsenal, who take on West Ham United later in the day. (Reuters)