For quite a long while, it was looking like Liverpool might have ended up on the wrong side of one of the worst results in FA Cup history.
Sadio Mané got the Reds off to a flyer with a bullet header inside five minutes, but the floodgates did not open. Instead, Villa’s youngsters grabbed a surprise equaliser through Louie Barry and went into half-time with the scores level.
Fortunately, Liverpool were able to wrestle control of the game once the plucky Villa kids had tired, and ended up with a 4-1 victory which looked comfortable on paper.
But even despite winning the game, the Reds still looked short of ideas on many occasions and should probably be a little embarrassed of a performance which was anything but professional for long periods.
At the end of the day, though, Liverpool are in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup, and in the grand scheme it’s all that really matters.
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