Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his side created the wrong type of history after being whipped 7-2 by Aston Villa, which makes them the first reigning champions to concede seven goals in a league match since Sunderland beat Arsenal 7-1 in September 1953.
Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick and Jack Grealish had a hand in five goals as Villa inflicted only Liverpool’s fourth league loss since January 2019.
Klopp told BBC Sport, “It looked like we lost the plot after it went to 1-0,” as Liverpool won their first title in 20 years last season as they finished 18 points clear of Manchester City.
Liverpool didn’t lose their first match last season, and it continued until a shock reverse against Watford at the end of February but four games into the new campaign they appeared to be on the wrong end of one of the most incredible results in Premier League history.
Mohamed Salah managed to net Liverpool’s two goals to make it 2-1 and later 5-2 – but they were later demolished completely by Dean Smith’s side at Villa Park.
Klopp said, “Who wants to lose 7-2? Years ago we told ourselves we wanted to create history. That was history but obviously the wrong type. 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. We lost balls in the wrong area and did not protect properly. It looked like we lost the plot after it went to 1-0. It is not an excuse.
“Normally you can be 1-0 down and do the stuff you want to do. We created but did not protect ourselves properly so each ball we lost was a massive counter-attack. That is why we conceded and three goals were deflected. It’s unlucky but it is not a coincidence because it means it was not a proper block. There is nobody to blame apart from me and us.”
It’s not immediately clear what went wrong with Liverpool but the Reds number-one keeper Alisson was missing because of a shoulder injury and was replaced by Adrian.
The defending champions’ boss said the Brazil keeper is not likely to return to fitness immediately after the international break, “It’s long, too long for the next few games for sure. It looks like a few weeks but we will see,” Jurgen Klopp added.