Roberto Firmino’s 89th-minute equalizer saved the draw with Aston Villa and sent Liverpool’s hopes of progressing into the Premier League’s top four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are three points behind Newcastle United and Manchester United with one game remaining, meaning their two rivals need only take one point from their final two games Champions League qualification for next season can be guaranteed.
Indeed, it was still mathematically possible, if unlikely, thanks to a departing Firmino sneaking a low cross from Mohamed Salah at the near post.
The visitors will be disappointed not to have taken all three points after an impressive performance.
They had a golden chance to take the lead midway through the first half when Ibrahima Konate tripped Ollie Watkins inside the box, but the striker deflected his penalty wide.
Unai Emery’s men pushed on and scored a well-deserved goal in the first half through Jacob Ramsey’s beautifully guided volley at the back post from a Douglas Lewis cross.
Liverpool improved after that and thought they had leveled when Cody Gakpo converted after a scramble, but the effort was ruled out in the build-up.
Villa kept their European aspirations alive by moving up to seventh after the draw, but missed out on sixth with a late equalizer.
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At the end of the game, Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa.
At the end of the second half, Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa.
Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa).
Ezri Konsa (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt saved. Harvey Elliott (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cody Gakpo.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Matty Cash.
James Milner (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Ramsey (Aston Villa).
Corner, Liverpool. Awarded by Emiliano Buendía.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded goal by Tyrone Mings.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by John McGinn.
Attempt saved. Cody Gacpo (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Virgil van Dijk made the assist with a header.
Ashley Young (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Harvey Elliott (Liverpool).
Leander Dendoncker (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Target! Liverpool 1-1 Aston Villa. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from close range to the bottom right corner. Mohamed Salah provides an assist from a set-piece situation.
Cody Gakpo (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Boubacar Kamara (Aston Villa).
Substitution, Aston Villa. Leander Dendoncker replaces Douglas Luiz.
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