Adam Lallana believes Liverpool’s habit of scoring late goals has almost become a “sixth sense” for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Reds scored two late goals via Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane against Aston Villa on Saturday, coming from behind to win 2-1 and retain their six-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.
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- Mane grabbed Liverpool’s winner in the fourth minute of added time against Villa.
- That was the club’s 35th 90th-minute+ winner in the Premier League era.
- The Reds have made a habit of scoring late and famously did so in the Champions League against Barcelona last season.
- Lallana believes this habit has become a “sixth sense” for his teammates.
- Liverpool remain six points clear of Man City ahead of their Anfield clash on Sunday.
Mane’s strike came deep into stoppage time and was Liverpool’s 35th 90th-minute winning goal in the Premier League era, 10 more than any other team in competition history. Furthermore, five of those have come since the start of last season and Lallana believes this habit of grabbing late goals is becoming innate among his teammates.
“We keep getting late goals,” Lallana said. “The resilience and character are just there in abundance.
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“We were poor first half and it was important we gave a reaction in the second half. I thought we did. I had a big chance with about 15 to go, we just needed that goal for the momentum because it can change and that is exactly what happened.
“It’s almost like a sixth sense. We knew once we got one goal then that [second] was going to come. We got that [first] goal late, but we still had enough time. It doesn’t surprise me, you know, that we got that second goal.”
Manc City performed a miraculous comeback of their own, eventually winning 2-1 at home against Southampton having fallen behind to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men early on.
READ MORE: Aston Villa 1-2 Liverpool: Five things learned as incredible Reds stage their third comeback win in a weekHad Liverpool not picked up the win at Villa Park, Man City would have been just three points behind the Reds ahead of their crunch match at Anfield on Sunday, and the importance of this victory was not lost on Lallana.
“It wasn’t mentioned at half time,” he added when asked about the impending meeting with the reigning champions. “But we came in there to the changing room and saw that they have got two late goals. But we have got two later goals, so…”
Before their clash with Man City on Sunday, Liverpool host KRC Genk the Champions League on Tuesday.