It’s hard to know what to make of that. On one hand, conceding three goals in one game via huge deflections is incredibly unlucky. On the other, this was the most vulnerable Liverpool have looked defensively since the signing of Virgil van Dijk.
Aston Villa feasted on the right-hand side of Liverpool’s defence. Great young talents in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez were made to look like schoolboys, with no understanding of the game.
Of course, the fact that the Reds’ defence seems nervous and uncomfortable with Adriàn san Miguel behind them does not help. Jürgen Klopp’s comments suggest that Alisson Becker will not be returning for the next month at least, however, so Liverpool need to address that issue quickly.
But the blame for this humiliation cannot be pinned solely on the stand-in goalkeeper. Liverpool’s high defensive line is only effective when the team press high and work hard as an effective unit, but the intensity of this performance was a far cry from what we had seen against Chelsea and Arsenal this campaign.
Your ratings, after a disastrous display:
Adrián 4 – started the bedlam with a horrific error, became the first Liverpool goalkeeper to concede seven in a Premier League game and was nowhere to be seen when Watkins crashed a header against the bar, which would have been number eight.
Trent 4.5 – Liverpool’s right-hand side was a defensive shambles.
Gomez 4 – no clue what happened to the top class performance we saw against Arsenal on Monday. Could have been hooked at half-time, put out of his misery a little while after.
Virgil 5.5 – Liverpool’s left was far more secure, but the Dutchman certainly didn’t look anywhere near his best. Unlucky with deflection from McGinn effort for Villa’s pivotal third.
Robbo 7.5 – Liverpool’s most creative offering, and the Scot actually didn’t do much wrong defensively.
Keïta 5 – failed to get ball out of his feet when finding a couple of shooting opportunities and was nowhere to be seen defensively.
Fab 5 – equally anonymous defensively, as villa drove through the Reds’ midfield with far too much ease throughout.
Gini 5.5 – actually started the game quite brightly. That promise faded as Liverpool’s hope did, however, encapsulated by the Dutchman’s five yard pass to Trent going straight out for a throw-in.
Salah 8 – did what he could to maintain some form of competitive aspect to the game.
Bobby 4.5 – probably Firmino’s worst performance under Jürgen Klopp. Stats will show he found the assist for Salah’s second, but that was the only decent pass he played all night.
Jota 6 – looked likely to grab a goal first-half, and tested Martinez quite regularly. Touch deserted him after the break, however.
Minamino 6 – didn’t offer as much as hoped.
Jones 6.5 – made one good recovery tackle.
Milner 6.5 – also made one good recovery tackle.