Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino waved goodbye to the Anfield faithful with a dramatic late goal against Aston Villa today.
The 31-year-old came from the bench to net an 89th-minute equaliser to earn his side a point.
Aston Villa took the lead in the first half through Jacob Ramsey, with the youngster slotting home a delightful cross from Douglas Luiz.
Villa remained compact and still found ways to get forward, a testament to the fantastic work of manager Unai Emery.
Liverpool had a Cody Gakpo goal disqualified for an offside. The attacker also took a boot to his chest from Tyrone Mings that warranted a red card.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watched the match from the stands as he served his touchline ban.
His side snatched a draw late on. The ball went wide for Mohamed Salah, who whipped in an outside-of-the-boot pass for Firmino to fire home.
The goal was Firmino’s ninth this season at Anfield – the most he has ever scored at home in a single Premier League campaign.
Anfield gracefully serenaded him with his dedicated ‘Si Senior’ chant as their hero waved goodbye to them.
It is still unclear where the Brazilian international will end up, with the former TSG Hoffenheim star yet to decide on his future.
While Firmino had plenty to celebrate, Liverpool were left seething as their run of seven straight wins ended against the Villains.
The result reduces their chance of playing Champions League football next season.
Manchester United grabbed a 1-0 win over Bournemouth to boost their chances. They can secure a top-four spot over Chelsea on Thursday.
Liverpool will hope Newcastle United drop points against Leicester City on Monday to keep their dream alive.
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