EPL 2020-21: Records galore as Liverpool annihilated by Aston Villa
First Published 5, Oct 2020, 3:04 PM
Liverpool are the defending champions of the Premier League, having won it last season, after a span of 30 years. This is their opening loss of the season, having won their previous three matches. Currently, they are placed in the fifth spot of the table.
In what was a shocking day in the Premier League, the second-consecutive match of Sunday evening saw another five-goal margin win, as Aston Villa agitated defending champions, Liverpool. In what was the latter's opening loss of the season, it came on a surprise note, as they were hammed 7-2 away, at Villa Park.
Match report: It all started with Ollie Watkins earning the lead in the fourth minute and doubling it in the 22nd. Although Mohamed Salah struck one back in the 33rd, Villa added a couple more to lead 4-1 at half-time. In the second half, Villa's Ross Barkeley continued the streak with a 55th-minute strike, as Salah struck again in the 60th. Nonetheless, Villa paid back with a couple more, while Watkins hat-trick did it for them, as ample records were broken.
Adrian's horror on the goal-line: With the seven goals on Sunday, Adrian has now become Liverpool's one of the poorest, having made five errors, as it has directly led the opposition to goals in 21 matches so far. As for their primary keeper Allison, it has happened so in 92 matches.
Watkins on a roll: Watkins had a grand night, as he scripted a couple of records. He became the first Villa player to score a brace against Liverpool in the competition at Villa Park since Dion Dublin did so in 1998. He is also the 10th EPL player to score a hat-trick against them, while the last instance of the same happened in 2010, by Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov.
Liverpool concede fear along with goals: As the side conceded seven goals, it scripted four unwanted records in the process. It was their fourth instance of conceding five in the tournament, and the first since 2017. For the second time, the side has conceded six goals in the EPL, with the first being in 2015, against Stoke City (6-1). They also conceded seven goals for the first time since 1963, as they had lost 2-7 to Tottenham Hotspur. Most importantly, they are the first defending champions in England's top-flight to have conceded seven since Arsenal did so in 1953, against Sunderland.
What a night for Jack Grealish: As for Villa, Grealish became the first player in the EPL to be involved in five goals against Liverpool. Besides scoring two, he was also involved in three assists.
Salah on a high: The only positive about Liverpool in this tie was Salah, who has scored against 25 of the 26 opponents he has played against in the competition. for Liverpool. With a scoring percentage of 96, it is the best by any player for the club in the tournament.
Liverpool join United for a bizarre undesired feat: Liverpool joined arch-rivals United, as both scored six goals on Sunday. Interestingly, it was the first instance of both the clubs conceding six on the same match-day.