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Champions Liverpool Humbled by Aston Villa at the fore

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Ah! Where do we begin? Aston Villa 7 – 2 Liverpool.

The records keep stacking up against the champions on what was one of the most dramatic nights of Premier League football. Let’s get straight into the records and stats, after which we shall try and understand what went down at Villa Park.

watkins hattrick against liverpool
Image Source: FPL Twitter
  • Less than 100 days after securing their maiden title, Liverpool football club endured their worst ever defeat in 66 years after having lost to Birmingham City 1-9 in the second division.
  • Aston Villa becomes the first side in the Premier League era and second Midlands club in English football to put 7 goals past Liverpool.
  • This is the first time ever; Champions have conceded SEVEN goals in their title defense season.
  • Ollie Watkins becomes the first player in ten years to score a hat-trick against Liverpool in the Premier League. The last player to do so was Dimitar Berbatov for Manchester united.
  • This is Jurgen Klopp’s biggest ever defeat across the entirety of his professional managerial career.

Liverpool put to the sword by Jack Grealish & Co.

On the 11th of November 2019, Sadio Mane broke Villa hearts by netting Liverpool’s second goal in the space of 7 minutes, deep into stoppage time to come from behind and secure the win. Boy, didn’t they exact revenge a year later?

It isn’t every day you come across a score line where you witness the relegation scraped side such as Aston Villa hit the Champions of England for 7. In what has been a crazy start to a crazy game of a crazy season, we neutrals couldn’t get enough of what happened on such an eventful Sunday.

Liverpool started the game on the wrong foot as soon as Adrian made an absurd pass to an out of sorts Joe Gomez. Grealish pounced on it in no time, teeing it up for Ollie Watkins’s first of the night and that set the precedent for Liverpool’s long night. The Liverpool defense was all over the place as they weren’t able to put five passes together in their own half. Too many mistakes at the back seem to cost them dearly along with not taking their chances on the other end of the pitch as well. It is difficult to blame a single player because the team as a whole seemed like they had forgotten how to get the ball up the pitch.

Amidst the chaos of the entire Footballing world firing at the champions, one mustn’t forget that Aston Villa put on a performance that should make any fan feel proud of this club and in all honesty deserved to put more than 7 goals past the Champions, that night. They closed down gaps quickly, defended as a unit, attacked as they meant it, was brave and courageous on the ball, improvised really well on multiple occasions, and took their chances that they so deservingly created.

grealish goal against liverpool
Image Source: Jack Grealish Twitter

Aston Villa’s fourth goal of the night spoke volumes as to how well the Villans had improvised. Winning a free-kick over 45 yards out the goal, Liverpool stuck with their high line, ready to counter. Jack Grealish saw this and realized that they should make use of all the space in between the line and Adrian. Barkley did so and whipped up a ball onto the far corner. Trezeguet came up with a peach of a cross to find the man of the moment, Ollie Watkins who headed it in for his first hat trick for Aston Villa.

Where do we go from here?

Aston Villa could have easily put ten past Adrian and Liverpool couldn’t have been squirming any more than they already are.  In the grander scheme of things, this is just one game in a long season to go. As far as wake up calls go, there couldn’t have been a bigger one. It was as if scripted, Liverpool welcome league Everton for the 238th Merseyside Derby. Expect a fiery start to the game with Jordan Henderson back in the squad. It’s a game that shouldn’t be missed as far as the narratives go. Aston Villa F.C will be hoping to maintain their perfect start as they visit the King Power stadium.

I shall end my review with another interesting record that was set this weekend. For the first time ever two of the most decorated sides of English football, Manchester United and Liverpool conceded 6+ plus on the same day.

Liverpool F.C really did tell Manchester United – “You’ll never walk alone”.

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