The English top club has been embarrassed to the bone this weekend. Harsh criticism of the LFC’s performance is now coming from all sides. After all, it was Liverpool’s biggest bankruptcy in 57 years.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp was shocked after what was probably the darkest hour of his career. “It was unexpected, but it happened. We put all the stupid things and mistakes into one game. Hopefully we can start all over again,” said a confused Klopp after the England champion’s historic 2: 7 (1: 4). Aston Villa.
Daily Mail: “Disastrous Liverpool”
Liverpool FC had been “torn” out of the villa, wrote the tabloid “Sun”. It was one of the “most extraordinary games in Premier League history”. A “disastrous Liverpool” was “demonstrated and humiliated” by Villa, the Daily Mirror headlined.
It was the biggest defeat of his career for former Dortmund coach Klopp. The Reds had last received seven hits in a 7-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur 57 years ago, on April 15, 1963. In the Premier League, which has existed since 1992, the traditional club had never lost so much.
Klopp: “The players have to go to their national teams”
“I would like to talk to the team about this game on Monday, but the players have to go to their national teams,” Klopp said. He now hopes “that they will at least come back healthy”. After the international break, an explosive Merseyside Derby against arch-rival Everton FC will be at the table on October 17.
Ollie Watkins (4th / 22nd / 39th) with a hat-trick and an assist and double packer Jack Grealish (66th / 75th), who also prepared three goals, became the match winner at Villa. John McGinn (35th) and Ross Barkley (55th) rounded out the dream day for the Birmingham club, who climbed to second place with their third win in their third match. Superstar Mohamed Salah (33rd, 60th) scored for the disappointing guests.
In addition to Liverpool, record champions Manchester United was hit. Team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer lost to Tottenham 1: 6 (1: 4). The Red Devils previously conceded only six goals in a Premier League match against FC Southampton in 1996 and against fellow city rivals Manchester City in 2011.
“It’s a terrible feeling, the worst day I’ve ever had as a manager and player at Manchester United,” Solskjaer told the BBC.