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Liverpool legend Aldridge on Aston Villa win: Still big problems for Klopp

Liverpool legend John Aldridge says they cannot get carried away with victory over Aston Villa.

He wrote for the Sunday World: "Trent Alexander-Arnold's last-minute winner against Aston Villa yesterday gave Liverpool some much needed hope – but I'm still baffled by what Jurgen Klopp's men are serving up each week.

"It looked like the same old story was about to be played out when Villa took the lead at Anfield, with Liverpool's lacklustre performance very similar to what we saw from them as they lost six games in a row on home soil recently.

"They missed chances in front of goal, gave the ball away in bad areas, looked vulnerable defensively and, once again, I was continuously scratching my head trying to work out how a team that was so good has become so average.

"What they showed yesterday was some fight and a top-four finish now feels possible, which is a big improvement on where we were a few weeks ago.

"While there are still big problems in that team and Klopp has a massive job on his hands to put it right, at least the Anfield misery is over for now and we can look forward to the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid dreaming the impossible might happen.

"Yet, if Liverpool play as badly as they did in Madrid last week or even repeat their performance from yesterday against Villa, they will have no chance of turning around the 3-1 first leg deficit."

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