Liverpool survives scare by Villa’s kids to win in FA Cup

Aston Villa Confirm Liverpool FA Cup Tie Is On Despite Virus Outbreak

Some of them were dropped off at the stadium ahead of the game by their mothers and fathers.

With many people expecting a massacre at Villa Park last night, it's certainly fair to say that the Aston Villa youngsters did themselves proud in their FA Cup tie against Liverpool last night.

"The kids of Villa did really well", Klopp said. "It wasn't ideal for either team".

Yet Heskey warns we should not jump to conclusions on a player who has two-and-a-half years left on his contract at Liverpool, although he admits the club will have been furious with him for taking part in the contentious interview with a Spanish newspaper.

Players shake hands after the FA Cup 3rd round match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park stadium in Birmingham, England, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. None of the senior squad were involved and the game was in doubt until Friday morning after the club shut their training ground on Thursday.

A COVID-19 outbreak at Villa meant that they had to play a side consisting of their U23s and U18s.

'That's what you get in football, because when you don't defend well then the other team, especially with their quality, can create chances and that's what happened and they scored a goal.

"Good luck tonight boys, no pressure whatsoever", tweeted Jack Grealish, the Villa captain and England global.

Sadio Mane scored twice while Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah added one each to cancel out a fine goal by Villa's 17-year-old striker Louie Barry.

"It was the proudest I've ever been of myself", Barry said.

"My family will have been screaming at the TV", said the youngster, who grew up in the Midlands and was overcome with emotion while being mobbed by his teammates. "It happened all so quick".

It looked like Liverpool would steamroller the hosts, made up of players from the under-18s and under-23s, when Mane headed in Curtis Jones' cross after four minutes, but they failed to build on the lead.

Gini Wijnaldum, Mo Salah and Mane all found the net in the devastating spell to earn Liverpool a place in round four.

"But it's not that easy because we play a team that has nothing to lose, who give everything they've got to make it as hard as possible".

After the game Barry swapped shirts with Liverpool's Brazilian worldwide Fabinho, before the teenager had second thoughts about not keeping the top in which he debuted.

"From start to finish, we gave our all", Barry said.

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