Aston Villa vs Liverpool (7:2): The 2020-21 Premier League is unleashed! If it seemed that the fourth day we had already seen it all with Tottenham’s set to Manchester United (1-6), the last game of Sunday night arrives in the recently renewed new English schedule and Aston Villa goes and he scores 7 goals !!! to the almighty and intractable Liverpool of Jürgen Klopp, champion of the Champions in 2019 and last winner of the Premier League.
Reigning Premier League champions Liverpool suffered the most humiliation in the last 57 years against the surprising Aston Villa, who have their three matches by winning. An incredible 7-2 that had a prominent protagonist, the English playmaker Ollie Watkins, author of a hat trick, but also the coveted Jack Grealish, who scored two and gave a couple of lethal assists.
The game followed the opposite script to that expected from the start. An error in the pass of Adrian, in place of an Alisson who suffered a shoulder injury in training on Saturday, Grealish took advantage of it to serve on a tray 1-0 to Watkins, recently signed by Aston Villa to Brentford for a record figure in its history (30 million euros). “Why don’t you shoot up?”
Jurgen Klopp reproached him from the side to the Andalusian goal. After this first blow in the 7th minute and a clear opportunity wasted by Ross Barkley totally alone, Liverpool managed to take the game to the planned stage with their characteristic fast triangulations in the attack, but they found the superb reply of Emi Martinez, another newcomer from Arsenal.
Aston Villa once again punished the counter with a great pass into space from Grealish to Watkins, who cut and nailed the ball into the squad (22′). Mohamed Salah seemed to put Liverpool in the game by finally shooting Emi after a lost ball (33′), but the wide possession of the’ reds’ did not give them for more due to the absences of Jordan Henderson, the player who It gives balance in the middle, and Thiago, in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19, like striker Sadio Mane.
The game was broken and, while Liverpool did not get anything, Aston Villa got everything, since three of their goals were rebound. The first of them was, after a corner, the work of John McGinn, whose shot bounced off Virgil van Dijk and threw Adrian off the track (35′). Shortly after, Watkins completed his hat trick and dug into a wound that was bleeding more and more when heading a cross from Trezeguet (39 ‘).
After the break, Liverpool’s reaction was expected. Klopp tried, leaving Naby Keira in the dugout to give Takumi Minamino in, but luck was still allied with Aston Villa, and Barkley, who had missed several clear occasions, made it 5-1 with a shot from outside the area that stumbled at Alexander-Arnold and was poisoned (55 ‘).
Salah took advantage of a loss of the ball in the 59th minute to complete his double from Firmino’s pass (he has 5 goals), but Liverpool definitively gave up trying the feat when Grealish unleashed a whiplash that bounced off Fabinho and slipped in (66 ‘). There the champion realized that he could not fight against a rival to which everything went away and Grealish completed his great performance by establishing the 7-2 after escaping alone.
Liverpool did not concede seven goals in the league championship since 1963, when before the Premier began in 1992, Tottenham endorsed another 7-2, Klopp has two weeks to reflect on whether this very hard setback has been just an accident. He will have the chance to prove it in the derby that, after the national team break, he will face leaders Everton at Anfield.
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: Match Overview