What could be responsible for Liverpool’s 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa?

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Liverpool’s 7-2 loss against an Aston Villa team that almost relegated from the Premier League is now the talk of the town.

The Red’s defeat is coming few hours after Tottenham Hotspur also whitewashed Manchester United 6-1 at the Old Trafford.

The Sunday games came with another shocking result of West Ham’s 3-0 win over Leicester, who had demolished Manchester City 5-2 at the Etihad during the weekend.

Olie Watkins went home with the match ball

At the Villa Park, Ollie Watkins made his debut and started it with a hattrick in the first 45 minutes.

Although Villa’s victory was well deserved, one can say it is one of the most unbelievable scorelines in Premier League history. Liverpool got punished for their woeful defensive performance and individual mistakes.

Why Liverpool lost to Aston Villa

During the week, Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantra had tested positive to the COVID-19 virus and they are self-isolating.

Their first-choice goalkeeper Alisson was also out of the action through injury. But this shouldn’t be an excuse for a team like Liverpool, which Villa took advantage of its Highline defending.

Villa celebrates one of their goals against Liverpool

Reacting ton the win, Villa boss, Dean Smith said he never dreamed of a result like this.

“We never dreamed of getting a result like this. The performance was outstanding from start to finish. We created an awful lot of chances against an exceptional defence and team. We had to work very hard.

“We have carried on the momentum from the end of last season but we have added quality to that,” Smith said.

On the new signing, Dean said the 28m Pounds paid for him have been questioned, adding that the price is probably trebled now.

Adrian has been deputizing for Alisson whenever he is out of action. But the record shows that former West Ham goalie has made five errors directly leading to goals in his 21 appearances for Liverpool, which is as many as first-choice Alisson has in 92 games.

With Alisson likely to miss several games with a shoulder injury, according to Klopp, Liverpool will have to deal with the goaltender pending the time the Brazilain is back to full fitness.

“You have to say that Villa did very well. They were very physical, very smart, and very direct, we were not.

“We had big chances which we did not use, but when you concede seven I’m not sure you can say it would have been 7-7. We made too many mistakes and massive ones obviously. It started with the first goal and around the goals we made massive mistakes,” Klopp told BBC Sport.

This is not also an encouraging result for a Liverpool whose next game will be after the international break – the Merseyside Derby against in-form Everton that is currently topping the log.

Mane and Thiago Silva would have been out of isolation by then and given clean bill of health. Their return can also be another boost to the squad.

We will have to see what the German coach can do to tinker this team back to winning ways.