‘We lost the plot’: Jজrgen Klopp is below average ‘Liverpool lost 2-2 at Astron Villa as Oli Watkins’ hat-trick condemns the German boss’s worst defeat since coming to Merseyside
- Liverpool were beaten 2-2 by Aston Villa in a thrilling match on Sunday night.
- Oli Watkins scores first-half hat-trick to surprise Premier League champions
- The Reds were mostly full force but they were without Alison and Sadio in mind
- Jগrgen Klopp claims Liverpool were ‘below average’ in trying to stop Villa
Jurgen Klopp has conceded Liverpool have ‘lost the plot’ after the champions were torn apart by Aston Villa and crashed after their biggest defeat in 57 years.
Aston Villa became the first team after Tottenham on 19 Ast3 to score seven against Liverpool, while a 2-2 defeat at Villa Park meant Klopp’s team became the first player since Arsenal in 1933 to score so many goals in one game.
Liverpool did not recover after a great start where stand-in goalkeeper Adrian gifted the opener four minutes later to hat-trick hero Oli Watkins.
Jগrgen Klopp (right) conceded that his Liverpool side had lost 7-2 to Aston Villa.
Villa star Oli Watkins (right) fakes a hat-trick while defending poor Reds
This was, by far, the worst performance of Klopp’s five-year reign and it was marked with destructive error.
Klopp says: ‘For a variety of reasons, Austin Villa has done really well, forcing us to make all the mistakes we’ve made. There was a certain aspect to the game – the first goal had an effect but it shouldn’t.
‘We also acknowledged the goals in the past, but the response was not good, and we lost this plan. Every time Villa won the ball, they counter-attacked and our efforts to stop it were below average.
‘We did what you shouldn’t do in football. All credit to Aston Villa. It was unexpected but it happened. It was bad, I have to admit it, but I can’t change it. “
The German manager expects the shock result to be one-on-one before the tough fixtures pile-up
Liverpool will be without their first-choice keeper Alison Baker for six weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury in a training ground collision on Saturday. That means he will miss the start of the Champions League and the huge Premier League dates with Everton and Manchester City.
It was 48 hours hard for Klipp, who lost Sadio Mone after a positive test for Covid-19, but he was in a remarkably photographic mood when analyzing the situation.
‘Nothing I can say can help the result, so why should I be outraged?’ Klopp says. ‘Is it in one room? I want to think about it but the proof of it will be in the next few weeks or months. A game like this should not be 100 percent.
Klopp (right) has left goalkeeper Alison out for six weeks to be replaced by Adrian (left).
‘It’s not a personal defeat, it’s a huge defeat. How we respond is important. The only problem is we can’t respond tomorrow. These guys are very self-critical and they know that everyone has a hand in this result. We have to deal with it – and we have to deal with it. ‘
On the contrary, Villa was outstanding and exuberant manager Dean Smith said: ‘I’m sure no one expected what happened today. I ask players to take a minute and realize what they have done against an exceptional team.
‘It was quite surreal to go ahead 4-1 at half-time. These results will give us so much confidence. ‘