It may have been worse — Villa ought to have scored more. Like a grasp cat burglar, Villa broke by Liverpool’s excessive defensive line with ease. By the end, Klopp may do little but chuckle on the sidelines.
Indeed, in accordance to analyst Opta, Liverpool is the first English top-flight champion to leak seven goals in a league match since Arsenal towards Sunderland in 1953.
Having damaged so many records last season on the best way to securing a first league title in 30 years, Klopp’s men have began a new season setting records no group wants to hold.
“Years ago, we told ourselves we wanted to create history. That was history but obviously the wrong type,” Klopp told BBC Sport after the match.
It wasn’t till this February that Liverpool suffered its first league defeat of a championship-winning season. It wasn’t till the ninth league match of last season that Liverpool had conceded a complete of seven league goals. Four games into a contemporary marketing campaign and Klopp’s side has conceded 11 — just one different group (newly-promoted West Bromich Albion on 13) has let in more.
It is just too early to inform whether or not the capitulation towards Aston Villa was a freak event or a match which uncovered a severe flaw that might ruin the club’s probability of efficiently defending its title.
Will different teams follow Villa’s blueprint and take benefit, or will Klopp reset the code to the lock which made his group such an impenetrable power over the last two years?
Liverpool actually missed the presence of regular goalkeeper Alisson — the Brazilian suffered a shoulder injury in coaching and might be sidelined for 4 to six weeks — but the group managed with out him for a number of games on the start of last season. His absence alone can not clarify such a efficiency, and neither can the absence of star striker Sadio Mane or captain Jordan Henderson.
Alisson’s deputy, Adrian, was actually at fault for Villa’s opener, as it was his misplaced move which found Ollie Watkins as an alternative of the equally hapless Joe Gomez within the fourth minute, setting Villa’s striker on his manner to a first-half hattrick and setting the tone for the evening.
But all of Liverpool’s players have been dreadful. By half-time the group was 4-1 down and, as Klopp himself said afterwards: “Pretty much everyone made massive mistakes around the goals.”
“It is not often I have seen games like this, although I am old enough to know strange things can happen in football,” the German continued. “You could see in moments that in challenges Aston Villa wanted it more and that is something I saw and I don’t like.
“Is it a one-off? I would love to assume so but the proof of that might be within the next couple of weeks or months. A game like that ought to not occur, 100%. It is necessary how we react.”
With no EPL matches until October 17 because of the international break, Liverpool’s players have time to lick their wounds, but the squad will only have a few training days together before the next league match against table-topper and city rival Everton — now an ominous-lookng fixture.
At least the Liverpool fans waking up on Monday feeling as dazed and confused as Tom after a run-in with Jerry can look up at the birds circling above their heads and take solace that Manchester United supporters are likely to be feeling as bad, if not worse.
According to Opta, Sunday was the first time the two great cubs had conceded six goals in a match on the same day.
Villa’s thumping victory was the conclusion to a remarkable day in the English top flight as, just hours before, United had folded at home to Tottenham Hotspur, losing 6-1 to a team managed by former boss Jose Mourinho.
Arguably, Manchester United’s predicament is more problematic than Liverpool’s as Ole Gunnar Solskjær side, which finished third last season, has lost two of its opening three games and seems even more vulnerable in defense, a weakness from last season which has not been addressed.
“I hold my hand up, it’s my fault. It’s very embarrassing, it harm all of the players, it hurts me as the supervisor. It’s my worst day ever,” the Norwegian told reporters after the match.
It has undoubtedly been an unusual start to the EPL season. Manchester City began it all last month, suffering a 5-2 loss at home to Leicester City, while it was Leicester — previously unbeaten — that started a surreal Sunday with a 3-0 loss to West Ham.
But such unpredictable giant-wallopings could have their benefits.
As former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher said on Sky Sports as he commented on Liverpool’s match against Aston Villa, it could make for a thrilling season. Liverpool — having won its opening three matches — had, after all, threatened to dominate the league just as it did last season in a one-sided title race.