Roberto Firmino made it a fairytale farewell at Anfield as he scored a late Liverpool equaliser against Aston Villa.
The Brazilian attacker marked his final appearance in front of the Kop by stabbing home Mohamed Salah’s cross on his 361st outing for the Reds. Firmino’s leveller came after 90 minutes.
After Ollie Watkins missed a penalty kick to put Aston Villa ahead, Jacob Ramsey stunned Anfield with his goal in the first half. Before half-time, Tyrone Mings caught Cody Gakpo with a very high tackle but despite VAR having a look, no red card was dished out.
However, Liverpool pushed hard for an equalizer in the second half as Gakpo was denied a goal by VAR due to an offside.
In his final home game as a Liverpool player, Firmino came off the bench to give Liverpool the equalizer they desperately needed.
A defeat for Liverpool would have ended their Champions League hopes for next season, but Roberto Firmino’s 90th-minute equalizer helped keep the Reds’ top four hopes alive. For now.
Liverpool are 10 games unbeaten going into their final game of the season at Southampton. They remain in fifth place and have 66 points, three points behind both Manchester United and Newcastle, who both have a game in hand and need just a point in midweek to secure their spot in the top four and qualify for the Champions League. If that happens, Liverpool will not be able to qualify for the Champions League.