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Klopp shocked by Liver­pool col­lapse to con­cede seven at As­ton Villa

- Sports · UEFA Champions League · Soccer · Liverpool Football Club · Liverpool · Aston Villa Football Club · Birmingham (England) · United Kingdom · Jürgen Klopp · David Villa · Alisson · Sadio Mané · Everton F.C. · Everton · Merseyside · Brentford F.C. · Mohamed Salah · Virgil van Dijk · David Trezeguet · Ross Barkley · Roberto Firmino · Jack Grealish

Birm­ing­ham, United King­dom (AFP) — Jur­gen Klopp ad­mit­ted his sur­prise at Liver­pool’s stun­ning col­lapse to lose 7-2 at as­ton Villa yes­ter­day.

Ol­lie Watkins scored a firsthalf hat-trick as the Reds be­came the first reign­ing English cham­pi­ons to con­cede seven goals in a league match since 1953.

“It was un­ex­pected but it hap­pened tonight,” said Klopp. “We put all our rub­bish things and mis­takes in one game and hope­fully we can start again.”

Liver­pool’s high line was torn apart by Villa’s counter-at­tack, while the ab­sence of goal­keeper Alisson Becker to in­jury and Sa­dio Mane due to a pos­i­tive novel coro­n­avirus test was notable.

The Reds were not beaten un­til their 28th league game in romp­ing to the ti­tle last sea­son and had won their open­ing three games of the new cam­paign.

Alisson’s ab­sence made a telling im­pact af­ter just four minutes to get Villa in front as Adrian’s poor pass was seized upon by Jack Gre­al­ish, who squared for Watkins to score his first Premier League goal.

“The first goal had an im­pact, but it shouldn’t,” added Klopp. “Adrian made a mis­take but we con­ceded goals like this in the past. We lost the plot then.”

De­spite a two-week lay­off un­til they play again, Klopp has lit­tle time to make correction­s on the train­ing field with most of his squad away on in­ter­na­tional duty.

On their re­turn, Liver­pool travel to top-of-the-ta­ble Ever­ton, who will be look­ing to win a Mersey­side derby for the first time in a decade.

“I would love to have a train­ing ses­sion to­mor­row and Tues­day and to talk about it, but the boys go back off to in­ter­na­tional duty,” said Klopp. “Hope­fully they come back healthy and we use the two days to pre­pare for Ever­ton.”

WOW

Gre­al­ish was again the cre­ator for Watkins’ sec­ond with a long ball down the side of the Liver­pool de­fence and the for­mer Brent­ford striker cut in­side be­fore blast­ing into the top cor­ner.

Mo­hamed Salah seemed to have got the vis­i­tors a foothold back in the match when he slammed home on his trusty left foot.

But Villa quickly re­stored their two-goal cush­ion when John Mcginn’s ef­fort from the edge of the area de­flected in off Vir­gil van Dijk.

Liver­pool’s high line was be­ing caught out even from set plays as six minutes be­fore the break Trezeguet broke the off­side trap to cross for Watkins to be­come the first player in a decade to score a hat-trick against Liver­pool.

“When Jur­gen Klopp says ‘wow’ to you you know you’ve done some­thing right,” said Villa boss Dean Smith. “The lads were su­perb, they ex­e­cuted the game plan per­fectly. We were at our best to­day.”

For­tune favoured Villa’s de­sire not to just sit on their lead af­ter the break as Ross Barkley’s long-range ef­fort looped over the help­less Adrian to make it 5-1.

Salah re­mained ra­zor sharp in front of goal to move one away from 100 for Liver­pool with a bril­liant fin­ish from Roberto Firmino’s pass.

Klopp moved mid­fielder Firmino into his back four early in the sec­ond half, but it did noth­ing to stem the flow of Villa at­tacks cut­ting through his de­fence.

Gre­al­ish com­pleted a hat­trick of de­flected goals when his shot hit Fabinho to wrong­foot Adrian again.

Watkins missed two huge chances to score his fourth as Adrian saved a one-on-one be­fore he hit the cross­bar.

Gre­al­ish, though, was more clin­i­cal when he raced through to round off a re­mark­able vic­tory.

Villa stayed up by a sin­gle point on the fi­nal day of last sea­son, but they have now won their open­ing three games of the new league cam­paign to move up to sec­ond.

“We won’t get com­pla­cent but we’ll en­joy tonight be­cause re­sults like that don’t come around too of­ten,” added Smith.

 ?? (Photos: AFP) ?? Liver­pool’s Ger­man Man­ager Jur­gen Klopp ges­tures on the touch­line dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.
(Photos: AFP) Liver­pool’s Ger­man Man­ager Jur­gen Klopp ges­tures on the touch­line dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.
 ??  ?? Liver­pool’s Dutch de­fender Vir­gil van Dijk re­acts af­ter they con­cede their sev­enth goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.
Liver­pool’s Dutch de­fender Vir­gil van Dijk re­acts af­ter they con­cede their sev­enth goal dur­ing the English Premier League foot­ball match be­tween As­ton Villa and Liver­pool at Villa Park in Birm­ing­ham, cen­tral England, yes­ter­day.

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