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Talking Point: Do Liverpool's issues just come down to bad luck or is it something more?
Liverpool's 2020-21 has been difficult, but have their issues come down to more than just bad luck?Despite it looking a certainty for months, many Reds fans hadn't allowed themselves to be drawn in by the hysteria too early for fear of more heartache, but Chelsea's 2-1 win over Manchester City in London meant they had to wait no longer.
If the chance to move into a Champions League spot wasn't enough of an incentive, Liverpool will also still have that 7-2 drubbing Aston Villa inflicted on them earlier this season fresh on their minds when they welcome them to Anfield later this afternoon.
Klopp has already thrown down the gauntlet to his players, saying they must 'put things right' by exacting revenge on a Villa side, who have their own ambitions of breaking into Europe.
Dean Smith's side currently lie in ninth but are only five points off a potential Europa League place and will give themselves a huge boost in their efforts to finish in the top six if they can spring another surprise today.
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Liverpool ended a six-game losing run at Anfield in the league ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with Real Madrid.The Reds finally recorded a first home win in the Premier League in 2021, though the champions had to rally from a goal down at half-time following Ollie Watkins' opener at Anfield.