Fortress Anfield holds strong as Liverpool beat Villa, Saints overcome Man City

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Liverpool made it 17 wins out of 17 at Anfield after goals by Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones handed the champions a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
The visitors were solid and organised and could even have gone ahead in the 52nd minute when Anwar El Ghazi forced a fine save out of Alisson. Mane broke the deadlock in the 71st minute, meeting a low ball from Naby Keita with a firm shot that rattled in off the underside of the cross-bar. Substitute Jones scored the second, a minute from the end, with the 19-year-old hooking home after Mohamed Salah headed an Andy Robertson cross into his path. The goal was Jones' first in the Premier League and came a day after he signed a new five-year contract with the club. Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 57 Premier League home games with 47 wins and 10 draws and they have won 24 home games in a row.

Villa, who have now lost 20 games, remain deep in relegation trouble, in 18th place on 27 points and they have yet to win since the resumption of the season, their winless streak going back nine games. Saints pip Man City Che Adams scored his first goal for Southampton, a year after joining the club, with a stunning long-range strike as they beat Manchester City 1-0 to condemn Pep Guardiola's side to a third successive away loss in the Premier League. Loading Replay Replay video Play video Play video Adams signed for Saints from Birmingham City for a reported 15 million pounds ($18.72 million) in July 2019 and had failed to score in his previous 24 league appearances for the team.

But after Oleksandr Zinchenko was robbed by Stuart Armstrong, Adams spotted City's Brazilian keeper Ederson far off his line and beat him with a beautiful lofted drive from over 30 metres out. Second-placed City, who beat champions Liverpool 4-0 in their last outing, responded with a wave of attacks…
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