Aston Villa Stunned Liverpool With 7-2 In Their Match
Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick in the first half and Jack Grealish was involved in five goals as Aston Villa deservedly surprised champion Liverpool with one of the most incredible scores in Premier League history.
Villa’s signing record Watkins had never scored a Premier League goal before kick-off and 45 minutes later had the ball of the match as the home side took advantage of Liverpool’s high line and individual errors. Captain Grealish scored his last two goals after assisting three.
It is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven goals since 1963 and it is only their fourth defeat in the Premier League since January 3, 2019. Villa, who escaped relegation on the last day of last season, surpasses them in the table off to his best start since 1962.
Villa’s first was the result of a big mistake by Adrián. The Reds’ backup goalkeeper passed the ball directly to Grealish, who cut it off for Watkins to make a side pass from eight yards. Watkins’ second was excellent when he cut from the left and slammed into the top corner.
Mohamed Salah appeared 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.
He got even better when Watkins headed from a Trezeguet cross to become the first player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool since Dimitar Berbatov with Manchester United 10 years ago.
Villa rookie Ross Barkley, a childhood Evertonian, was excellent and added a fifth after the break from outside the box, from Grealish’s third assist.
Salah made it 5-2 on a pass from Roberto Firmino at the hour mark, but then Grealish crashed into Villa’s sixth before grabbing onto McGinn’s low pass to add another.
This is the first time in 18 attempts that Villa has beaten the reigning champions at home; the last was a 3-2 win over Arsenal in December 1998.
There have already been many surprising results this season, including Tottenham’s 6-1 win over Manchester United earlier on Sunday, but none can top it for its value.