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Late Duran double earns Villa draw against Liverpool

Jhon Duran has scored twice in the final 10 minutes to earn Aston Villa a thrilling 3-3 draw against Liverpool which moves them closer to Champions League qualification.

Villa looked dead and buried on Tuesday (AEST) as Emiliano Martinez's astonishing gaffe handed the Reds a second-minute goal, which was cancelled out by Youri Tielemans, before strikes from Cody Gakpo and Jarell Quansah put them 3-1 up in Juergen Klopp's final away game in charge.

But Colombian striker Duran climbed off the bench to score twice in four minutes and put Villa on the brink of qualification for the Champions League for the first time.

"Jhon Duran is a special player," Villa manager Unai Emery said on Sky Sports.

"He was very clinical and today was important for him."

The draw means they will be guaranteed a top-four spot if Tottenham fail to beat Manchester City on Wednesday.

If Spurs win, their fate will go down to the final day where Villa travel to an in-form Crystal Palace while the London club visit already-relegated Sheffield United.

"There's some of us that have never been close to the Champions League in our life," Villa captain John McGinn said.

"We'll have our Man City tops on tomorrow."

Youri Tielemans.
Villa fans let their feelings known after a Youri Tielemans goal. (AP PHOTO)

For Klopp, all roads now lead to Anfield where he will end his nine-year stint as Liverpool boss on what will surely be an emotional farewell against Wolves.

Liverpool were given a goal start after Harvey Elliott's cross innocuously deflected off Pau Torres and Argentina goalkeeper Martinez spilled it and then clumsily knocked it over the line with just over a minute on the clock.

The hosts levelled in the 12th minute after Ollie Watkins skinned Quansah down the left and his pull-back fell kindly to Tielemans who fired home from 12 yards out.

Liverpool regained their lead in the 23rd minute with an electric move from back to front which ended in Gakpo converting from close range after Martinez could only palm away Joe Gomez's cross.

The Reds scored early again in the second half to extend their lead.

Quansah was given a free header at the far post from Elliott and he guided it into the far corner.

Jarell Quansah.
Jarell Quansah rises highest to head home Liverpool's third goal at Villa Park. (AP PHOTO)

The home side were chasing the game and thought they had started a comeback when Watkins turned in Bailey's cross, but the Jamaica international was offside in the build-up.

Liverpool were looking just as dangerous and also had a goal ruled out when Luis Diaz was offside before Mohamed Salah turned home.

Villa gave themselves hope in the final 10 minutes when Elliott was dispossessed and Duran drilled a low effort into the corner.

Three minutes later Villa Park exploded as Diaby's attempted through-ball deflected off Duran's knee and looped over Alisson.

Diaby could have won it for Villa but the Brazil goalkeeper made a brilliant save late on.

With AP.