Stunned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side did “all the things you should not do in a football match” as they “lost the plot” to play into Aston Villa’s hands in its 7-2 humbling at Villa Park in the Premier League on Sunday.
Following on from Manchester United’s 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool added to a remarkable day as it became the first reigning English top-flight champion to ship seven goals in a league match since Arsenal in 1953.
Ollie Watkins’ first-half hat-trick set Villa en route to an astonishing victory, as Liverpool slipped to a first defeat of the season thanks to a woeful showing at the back in the Midlands.
“We played into their hands, with all the goals,” Klopp said. “Then the game has a specific direction.
“We had still good moments, but our good moments lead to nothing, other than Mo’s (Mohamed Salah) two goals.
“All their good…