Premier League: Liverpool Set Premier League Record After Aston Villa 7-2 Loss
A hat-trick from new signing Ollie Watkins and a Jack Grealish double saw Aston Villa hammer reigning Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 on Sunday, Completesports.com reports.
Liverpool are now the first defending champion to concede seven goals in a League game since Arsenal shipped in seven against Sunderland in 1953.
It is now three wins out of three games played so far for Villa while for Liverpool it is a first defeat in the league this season.
This is the second time Villa will score seven goals in a Premier League game since a 7-1 versus Wimbledon in 1995.
Also this is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven since a 7-2 league defeat at Tottenham in April 1963.
Watkins is the 10th player to score a Premier League hat-trick against Liverpool, and the first since Dimitar Berbatov in September 2010.
He is the first English-born player to do so since Kevin Lisbie for Charlton in Sept 2003
Salah’s goal was his 100th in English Football (98 Liverpool, 2 Chelsea) on his 177th appearance.
The Villains move up to second on nine points with Liverpool are fifth also on nine points.
Villa opened scoring in the 4th minute
after Jack Grealish pounced on Adrian’s mistake and played in Watkins who made no mistake for his first Premier League goal.
In the 22 minute Watkins doubled Villa’s lead as he cut into the box from the left and bend a super finish into the top corner.
Salah reduced the deficit in the 33 minute, lashing in a lovely strike to bring the score to 2-1.
But just two minutes after Salah’s goal Villa’s two-goal cushion was restored thanks to John McGinn whose shot from outside the box was deflected in.
Watkins completed his hat-trick in the 39th minute after heading in at the back post to make it 4-1.
Ten minutes into the second half Barkley got his debut Villa goal as he curled in after a slick one-two with Grealish to make it 5-1.
Salah got is second in the 60th minute, smashing in a superb strike to pull another one back which brought the score to 5-2.
Villa continued to go for more goals and were rewarded in the 66th minute through Grealish whose shot is deflected into the back of the net off Fabinho to go 6-2 ahead.
With 15 minutes left in the game Grealish got his second of the game off McGinn’s classy through ball to make it 7-2.