Liverpool cruise past Aston Villa in the FA Cup

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With Aston Villa's first team all but ruled out of their FA Cup Third round clash at home to Liverpool on Friday night due to a COVID-19 outbreak, it was a combination of their youth teams who took on the Premier League champions.

 

With the game just four minutes old, Sadio Mane struck for Liverpool to open the scoring - and a rout seemed inevitable.

 

Mane's header from a Curtis Jones cross leaving 19 yearold villa keeper Akos Onodi with no chance.

 

However, Villa steadied the ship - and were able to hold their own for the remainder of the first half.

 

In fact, they levelled the scoreline on the cusp of halftime - thanks to Louie Barry's clinical finishing.

 

Could the magic of the Cup materialize yet in the second half at villa park?

 

Well sadly, it didn't.

 

The 'Reds' went ahead again thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum on the hour mark.

 

Despite being surrounded by Villa defenders the 30 year-old Dutch man was able to find the back of the net with ease from close range.

 

Mane added Liverpool's third goal just three minutes later.

 

The 28 year old winger securing his second of the night – and his second from a header, which looped over the villa keeper and went in.

 

Mo' Salah joined them on the scoresheet two minutes later to seal the win for the vistors

Three goals in five minutes enough to guide Jurgen Klopp's side to a 4-1 win - and a place in the fourth round of the F.A Cup.