Birmingham (AP) – England football champions FC Liverpool were as embarrassed as they could on Day 4 of the Premier League and suffered a surprisingly large defeat at Aston Villa.
With 2: 7 (1: 4) the team of trainer Jürgen Klopp went down in Birmingham. Villa attacker Ollie Watkins was the match winner of the evening with three goals in the first half (4th / 22nd / 39th minute).
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian, who stood up for the injured regular goalkeeper Alisson, started the clear bankruptcy with his mistake. Adrian played an inaccurate pass to his teammate Joe Gomez. Villas Jack Grealish grabbed the ball and immediately played for Watkins, who scored his first Premier League goals. In the second half, the striker even scored a fourth goal, but failed quite for Adrian.
For the aggressive Birmingham team, he also met John McGinn (35th), rookie Ross Barkley (55th), who had been loaned by Chelsea to Aston Villa, and Jack Grealish with a brace (66th / 75th). Mohamed Salah (33./60.) Scored both goals for the unusually weak guests in the defense. Liverpool recently conceded seven goals more than 50 years ago. In April 1963 the club also lost 7-2 to Tottenham Hotspur.
At the Premier League table, Aston Villa, who played one game less than Liverpool, is now in second place for the Reds. The Klopp-Elf, who had previously won three league wins in a row, is still fifth despite the bankruptcy. Leader of the table after four wins from four games is Liverpool’s local rival Everton with former Bayern professional James.