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Gary Neville celebrates Aston Villa’s late equaliser against Liverpool in front of Jamie Carragher

Gary Neville celebrates Aston Villa’s late equaliser against Liverpool by running around the Sky Sports studio in front of Jamie Carragher.

The ex-Man Utd player turned pundit celebrated wildly after Jurgen Klopp’s side bottled a 3-1 lead at Villa Park, with Jhon Duran’s immediate impact after coming off the bench changed the game.

The Colombian striker netted two goals in just three minutes, bringing Aston Villa closer to qualifying for the Champions League.

Duran’s second goal, which deflected off his thigh, found the back of the net. Neville ran around the studio with his arms in the air, in front of Carragher, who was left in disbelief at Liverpool’s collapse.

Dave Jones asked Neville if he enjoyed the late equaliser and Nev replied: ‘Yeah, particularly if Liverpool concede late on, yeah’.

Two goals from Colombian substitute Jhon Duran saw Aston Villa salvage a 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Villa Park with Unai Emery’s side now sitting five points clear of Tottenham in the race for fourth as Jurgen Klopp is denied victory in his penultimate Liverpool game before he departs.

Player ratings (per Sky Sports)

Aston Villa: Martinez (5), Diego Carlos (5), Konsa (6), Torres (6), Digne (5), Diaby (7), Tielemans (7), McGinn (7), Douglas Luiz (6), Bailey (7), Watkins (7).

Subs used: Duran (8), Chambers (6).

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Quansah (7), Van Dijk (6), Gomez (7), Endo (6), Mac Allister (6), Elliott (7), Salah (7), Gakpo (7), Diaz (7).

Subs used: Gravenberch (6), Nunez (6), Szoboszlai (6), Jones (6).

Player of the match: Jhon Duran.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to Sky Sports: “It got away from us. We played really good football. We were really good, played a lot of good stuff and caused a lot of problems.

“Before we changed, we gave them too many chances. It was very intense for the boys. They created too much. They were too often in our box and we made the changes. Then we made a mistake. It happens but in that moment, it opens the door.

“They scored an equaliser and I don’t even know how. The character from the boys tonight was outstanding in our situation. We wanted to win the game. In the moment, when we gave away the 3-2, that was really tricky. That’s it, that’s the story of the game.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “You can go through my career, it’s really rare we play for nothing in the last two games.

“I count maybe two or three times. I’m not used to that. I’m not sure I’m great at it to be honest. I wanted us to show character because I don’t lack motivation because of negative possibilities but we all know if they win today, 3-0 or 4-0 then everyone’s going for us because Villa.

“I saw a team with top character most importantly. For the character we showed today we should have five points but we got only one.

“The place was rocking and that’s really difficult. They got the goals so maybe that’s how it should have been today. I loved the performance and the character we showed. Now it’s a home game which is slightly different but today we had to show that and the boys did it with flying colours.”

On Jarell Quansah: “Everybody can see, a young fella and he’s happy lucky to play. He played an exceptional game today, trying to play against Ollie Watkins. You can ask that of a lot of centre-backs and they would struggle. He did extremely well. How often he saved our backside in decisive moments. Really nice development and he deserves that now.”

On the fans: “I have no doubt about our relationship. I appreciate that a lot. I can’t and could not yet put it really into words because I have to protect myself a little bit – the emotions will come out.”

Aston Villa boss Unai Emery to Sky Sports: “We are very proud of the season. It is not enough at the moment to get fourth. We are going to prepare for the match on Sunday against Crystal Palace. Even after we scored the two goals we had chances. We are celebrating the season here with our supporters in Villa Park.

“We are only thinking of us. We will prepare for our match on Sunday, everything is in our hands.

“Jhon Duran is a special player. We have to try and help him. He is a good guy and he needs a team behind him. He is getting our demands better. He was very clinical and today was important for him.

“Today we are celebrating with our supporters, we have to push it and keep working and be consistent. We were consistent all the season. The team was being mature and always consistent in our mind. Inch by inch we did it.”

Aston Villa captain John McGinn to Sky Sports: “It’s a brilliant effort towards the end. We got a bit of luck. It’s been a tough few weeks with lads coming back and playing through the pain barrier. This place got us going.

“Big Jhon [Duran] is a bit nuts at times, he’s a nightmare to play against. I don’t think it’s been difficult for us as players.

“There’s some of us that have never been close to the Champions League in our life. The manager has a no-excuse mentality. People have written us off and we’ve floated under the radar. We’ll have our Man City tops on tomorrow.”

Aston Villa midfielder Youri Tielemans to Sky Sports: “We created chances but we didn’t score. We got the draw and fought right until the end and that’s the most important thing. Unfortunately we couldn’t score more, we felt like we deserved more in the first half. It’s unlucky but we’ll take the draw.

“We’re in that fourth position and we want to keep it. We just want to thank the fans, you can feel the atmosphere at the club. The fans have been amazing all season and it’s no surprise we have an amazing home record this season.”

Addressing the fans, Aston Villa boss Unai Emery said: “We’ve enjoyed the season here, we’ve had a lot of emotions.

“This is for you, you were always supporting us, you were always supporting us.

“Today we didn’t finish. The last match is at Crystal Palace on Sunday… to get to the end, to play Champions League.

“This is very important. For us, the club, the players, for me.”

Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah speaking to BBC Match of the Day: “It was a disappointing one really. I think the way we controlled the game for large amounts of it and just to not be able to get over the line and concede two late goals is always gutting and it’s something we can look at and pick apart.

“It’s one of them. When you’re playing against such talented forwards – always a threat and we have got to kill the game, look at that and got to keep ball for longer periods, really run legs off them so they don’t have a chance.

“We’ve let them back in it and Villa Park when it gets buzzing like that it’s always gonna be tough and I think we fed the crowd a little bit today.”

On Aston Villa: “Football the majority about momentum. If we don’t manage to kill that, it happens time and time again when teams get one, backs to the wall and it’s just one of those games where that is what happens. We’ve got to deal with that I guess.”

On scoring his first Premier League goal: “I’ve been waiting for that moment. I don’t score too many goals so when it goes in back of net you just saw the emotion come out I guess.

“I just tried to get the best contact on it as I could. I’m thankful it went in.”

On celebrating in front of fans: “The way the crowd celebrated was surreal moment, definitely one I’ll never forget.”

On Sunday being Jurgen Klopp’s last game in charge: “We’ve definitely got to play our way and give him a good send off. Just keep fighting until the death and obviously just play for that really, give him the best send-off on Sunday.”

Twitter users reacted after Gary Neville celebrates Aston Villa’s late equaliser against Liverpool in front of Jamie Carragher…

@TheVillaPolls: Love it @GNev2

@mickdavfc: Poor lad’s not had much to cheer lately

@ahickey100: That’s very good 😂

@_DannyKnott: Scenes from my living room this evening… Up the @jhonduran991 ⚽️🦁♥️

@dan_allen17: Me running through the house into garden to not wake the kids… only to be whinged at even tho the kids didn’t wake.. bloody football. Up the villa. #avfc

@JordyLFC_: His teams 8th, stadium is like Niagara Falls and not qualifying for Europe but Villa equalised against Liverpool in a meaningless game 🔥🔥🔥


@AVFCJoshuaa: He’s a proper bellend is Gary, but this is hilarious 😭😂

@BenSomeonelse: How can you hate Gary Neville he’s fucking ace 🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪🇾🇪

@Dan_Homer: Best all season @GNev2 🤣💜🩵

@ScouseCommie: Sky losing the rights to the PL would genuinely be one of the best things that could happen. It’s cringe and tragic now.

@lwharton89: This proper got me 😂😂😂

@jonboy_avfc: I’ve always liked G Nev!!!

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