Aston Villa bagged a famous victory against reigning English Premier League champions, Liverpool, on Sunday evening as Dean Smith’s men ran out 7-2 winners.
Ollie Watkins bagged a first-half hat-trick while Captain Jack Grealish bagged a second-half brace in a sensational victory. New loan signing Ross Barkley and John McGinn also got in on the act. The Reds replied with only two goals courtesy of Mohammed Salah.
Villa, who led 4-1 at the interval, started a league campaign with three successive wins for the first time since 1962/63.
Smith’s side made a flying start as Watkins opened the scoring with just four minutes on the clock. Adrian’s wayward pass failed to find Joe Gomez inside his own penalty area and Grealish pounced on the mistake, picking up possession and feeding an unmarked Watkins, who slotted home.
Villa soon doubled their advantage after a surging run from Watkins. He cut inside Gomez in the area and fired a superb finish into the top corner.
The visitors reduced the deficit courtesy of Salah’s drilled finish from 12 yards.
McGinn drilled home a superb volley, which deflected off Virgil van Dijk, to make it 3-1.
But Villa were not done there as Watkins completed his hat-trick in the 39th minute, heading home at the far post after Trezeguet had beaten the offside trap to get on the end of Barkley’s free-kick and send a cross into the danger area.
Villa held a stunning 4-1 lead at the interval. It was 5-1 within 10 minutes of the restart as Barkley got the goal he deserved, exchanging passes with Grealish before seeing his long-range strike deflect off Trent Alexander-Arnold and loop over Adrian.
Salah again got on the scoresheet courtesy of a smart left-footed finish with 30 minutes still to play.
Grealish deservedly got his name on the scoresheet when his strike deflected off Fabinho, making it 6-2.
He bagged his second of the night in the 75th minute when he was sent racing clean through and he dinked a smart finish past Adrian.
Watkins, who bagged a perfect treble to register his first league goals for the club, sent an effort against the crossbar late on.
But the full-time whistle signalled the end of a famous night for Villa. It was Jurgen Klopp’s heaviest defeat as a manager.
Villa now head into the international break on the back of scoring seven goals in a game for the first time since 1995.