Despite the emotional return of the former Liverpool captain, he seemed to have prepared his team to at least snatch a draw from his childhood team.
Liverpool dominated the first half and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez saved two chances from Andy Robertson and Salah.
Martinez parried a superb header from Virgil van Dijk at the start of the second half.
Liverpool’s pressure paid off when Salah was awarded a penalty after an intervention from Tyrone Mings.
The Egyptian striker hit a low ball that goalkeeper Martinez could not stop to give Jurgen Klopp’s team the victory.
Liverpool raised its score to 37 points, one point behind leaders City, who defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 earlier in the day.
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