Game #5594

Premier League

Villa Park

Attendance: Behind closed doors (COVID-19)

Sunday, 4 October 2020

Position:

2nd (+2)

Aston Villa

7-2

Liverpool

Scorer(s) | Ollie Watkins | 4' | 22' | 39' | John McGinn | 35' | Ross Barkley | 55' | Jack Grealish | 66' | 75' |

Assist(s) | Jack Grealish | 4' | 22' | 55' | Trézéguet | 39' | Ollie Watkins | 66' | John McGinn | 75' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5594

Season | 2020-21 |
Matchday | #6 |
League Match | #3 |
Manager Game | #90 |
Sunday, 4 October 2020

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Dean Smith |
KO | 7.15pm |
Referee | Martin Atkinson |
HT Score | 4-1 |
FT Result | 7-2 |
FT Score | Won |
Last 5 Games | WWWLW |
League Position | 2nd | +3 |

TEAM STATS

Team Cost:
| £161.69m |

Starting XI Average Age:
| 25.28 |

Oldest Player:
GK Emiliano Martínez | 28.11 |

Youngest Player:
M Douglas Luiz | 22.42 |

TEAM NEWS

Dean Smith reverts to the line up that beat Fulham in the last league outing however new loan signing Ross Barkley makes his debut in place of Conor Hourihane who drops to the bench.



Anwar El Ghazi makes the bench in place of Jacob Ramsey whilst Ahmed Elmohamady replaces the injured Kortney Hause as substitute centre back.

UNAVAILABLE

Not Selected | 5 |
GK Lovre Kalinić |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Frédéric Guilbert |
M Henri Lansbury |
M Jacob Ramsey |

Injury | 5 |
Tom Heaton | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Wesley | Knee, ACL 1 Jan 20 - 1 Jan 21 |
Björn Engels | Thigh, 15 Sep 20 - 17 Oct 20 |
Kortney Hause | Groin, 1 Oct 20 - 17 Oct 20 |
Ørjan Nyland | Back, 1 Oct 20 - 17 Oct 20 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 31%
Possession A | 69%
Shots F | 18
Shots A | 14
Shots on Target F | 11
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 7
Fouls A | 10

QUOTE OF THE DAY

*Villa boss Dean Smith*
*Sunday, 4 October 2020*

​"We never dreamed of getting a result like this.

​"The performance was outstanding from start to finish. We created an awful lot of chances against an exceptional defence and team. We had to work very hard."

​"We have carried on the momentum from the end of last season but we have added quality to that.

People have questioned Ollie Watkins' price. That has probably trebled now."
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*Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp*
*Sunday, 4 October 2020*

​"You have to say that Villa did very well.

“They were very physical, very smart and very direct, we were not.

​"We had big chances which we did not use, but when you concede seven I'm not sure you can say it would have been 7-7. We made too many mistakes and massive ones obviously. It started with the first goal and around the goals we made massive mistakes."

MATCH PROGRAMME

LEAGUE TABLE

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez |
RB Matty Cash |
CB Tyrone Mings |
CB Ezri Konsa |
LB Matt Targett |
M Jack Grealish |
M John McGinn |
M Ross Barkley |
M Douglas Luiz |
W Trézéguet |
CF Ollie Watkins |

THE OPPOSITION

GK Adrián, CB Virgil van Dijk, CB Joe Gomez (M Curtis Jones), LB Andrew Robertson, RB Trent Alexander-Arnold, M Fabinho, M Georginio Wijnaldum, M Naby Keïta (W Takumi Minamino), CF Roberto Firminho (M James Milner (ex)), CF Mo Salah (g) (g), W Diogo Jota.

Manager: Jürgen Klopp.
Team Cost: £330.53m
Homegrown players: 2

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

SUBSTITUTES

RB Ahmed Elmohamady for RB Matty Cash | 80' |
M Marvelous Nakamba for M Douglas Luiz | 80' |
W Bertrand Traoré for W Trézéguet | 87' |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
M Conor Hourihane
W Anwar El Ghazi
CF Keinan Davis

MATCH TIMELINE

1’ Debut, Ross Barkley
4’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Jack Grealish
22’ Goal, 2-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Jack Grealish
33’ Goal, 2-1 (Liverpool)
35’ Goal, 3-1, John McGinn
39’ Goal, 4-1, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Trézéguet
HT Aston Villa 4-1 Liverpool
46’ Booking, Douglas Luiz for a bad foul
55’ Goal, 5-1, Ross Barkley, Assist by Jack Grealish
60’ Goal, 5-2 (Liverpool)
66’ Goal, 6-2 Jack Grealish, Assist by Ollie Watkins
75’ Goal, 7-2 Jack Grealish, Assist by John McGinn
80’ Sub off, RB Matty Cash, Sub on, RB Ahmed Elmohamady
80’ Sub off, M Douglas Luiz, Sub on, M Marvelous Nakamba
87’ Sub off, W Trézéguet, Sub on, W Bertrand Traoré
FT Aston Villa 7-2 Liverpool

ON THIS DAY

Villa won their opening three league games to a season for the first time since 1962-63.

Villa recorded their biggest league win since beating Wimbledon 7-1 in February 1995

Villa have won four consecutive home Premier League matches for the first time since October 2007.

Midfielder Ross Barkley made a goalscoring debut aged 26 after joining on a season long loan from Chelsea earlier this week.

Ollie Watkins became the first Villa player to hit a top flight hat-trick since Christian Benteke against Queens Park Rangers in April 2015.

Jack Grealish became only the second Villa player to assist three goals in a single Premier League game, after James Milner v Burnley in February 2010.

KEY MAN

Hat-trick boy Ollie Watkins celebrates beating the reigning champions 7-1, 4 October 2020

MATCH REPORT

*BBC Sport*
*Sunday 4 October 2020*

"Villa stun champions Liverpool with seven goals"

​Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick and Jack Grealish had a hand in five goals as Aston Villa deservedly stunned champions Liverpool with one of the most unbelievable scorelines in Premier League history.

​Villa's record signing Watkins had never scored a Premier League goal before kick-off and 45 minutes later he had the match ball, as the home side took advantage of Liverpool's high line and individual mistakes.

​Captain Grealish scored their final two goals after assisting three.

​It is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven goals since 1963 and only their fourth Premier League defeat since 3 January 2019. Villa, who escaped relegation on the final day of last season, overtake them in the table with their best start since 1962.

​Villa's first was the result of a huge error by Adrian. The Reds stand-in keeper passed the ball straight to Grealish, who cut it back for Watkins to side-foot in from eight yards.

​Watkins' second was excellent as he cut in from the left and smashed into the top corner.

​Mohamed Salah looked to have restored order when he scored for the Reds, but John McGinn's deflected volley two minutes later put Villa's lead back to two.

​It got even better when Watkins headed in from Trezeguet's cross to become the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool since Dimitar Berbatov for Manchester United 10 years ago.

​Villa debutant Ross Barkley, a boyhood Evertonian, was excellent and added a fifth after the break from just outside the box - from Grealish's third assist.

​Salah made it 5-2 from Roberto Firmino's pass on the hour-mark but then Grealish smashed in Villa's sixth before latching onto McGinn's raking pass to add another.

​This is the first time in 18 attempts that Villa have beaten the reigning champions at home - the last was a 3-2 win over Arsenal in December 1998.

​This is a result which makes no sense - apart from the fact Aston Villa were remarkable and clinical and Liverpool were unbelievably bad.

​A team who almost got relegated last season beat the defending champions - who barely ever lose - 7-2.

​It is one thing to identify Liverpool's weaknesses but quite another to take advantage of them in such a sensational way.

​Villa are now unbeaten in seven league games, including the run that saw them stay up at the end of last season, and have won all three league matches this season.

​Dean Smith's side managed to get in behind Liverpool's high defensive line with ease in the first half and Watkins, who was the Championship's top scorer last season and cost Villa a club record £28m, was the chief beneficiary.

​He took advantage of Adrian's error for the first with his left foot and chased onto Grealish's pass before cutting inside Joe Gomez and firing home with his right.

​Watkins got his perfect hat-trick - in more ways than one - before the break, nodding into an empty net after Barkley's deep free-kick was collected by Trezeguet who clipped the ball into the six-yard box. He also crashed an effort onto the crossbar as Villa chased an eighth goal late on.

​Three more goals followed in an equally frenetic second half. Grealish picked out Barkley, whose 20-yard strike was helped into the top right-hand corner by a flick off the leg of Trent Alexander-Arnold. Grealish then scored via a Fabinho deflection before running onto a McGinn pass to add a famous seventh.

​What now for Villa? With a performance like this and three wins from three their thoughts will be a lot, lot higher than a relegation battle.

​Liverpool were missing first-choice goalkeeper Alisson through injury and Sadio Mane and Thiago, who have both tested positive for coronavirus. But nothing could excuse this performance, surely the worst of manager Jurgen Klopp's illustrious era.

​Even last year when they put out their under-23 team to face Villa in the Carabao Cup, as the first team contested the Club World Cup, that only ended in a 5-0 defeat.

​Liverpool were completely wretched. The tone was set from the moment Adrian overhit a simple pass to Joe Gomez, which went straight to Grealish to set up the opener.

​Several of Villa's goals took advantage of Liverpool's high defensive line. They just could not deal with the guile of Grealish and Barkley and the finishing of Watkins.

​"We never dreamed of getting a result like this," Villa boss Dean Smith told BBC Sport.

​"The performance was outstanding from start to finish. We created an awful lot of chances against an exceptional defence and team. We had to work very hard."

​"We have carried on the momentum from the end of last season but we have added quality to that," Villa boss Smith said. "People have questioned Ollie Watkins' price. That has probably trebled now."

​"You have to say that Villa did very well," Klopp told BBC Sport. "They were very physical, very smart and very direct, we were not.

​"We had big chances which we did not use, but when you concede seven I'm not sure you can say it would have been 7-7. We made too many mistakes and massive ones obviously. It started with the first goal and around the goals we made massive mistakes."
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