Jurgen Klopp explains how Liverpool ‘lost the plot’ against Aston Villa

Date published: Sunday 4th October 2020 10:10

Jurgen Klopp admitted that Liverpool made “massive mistakes” in their 7-2 loss to Aston Villa.

The Premier League champions suffered an astonishing defeat at Villa Park, with Ollie Watkins scoring a hat-trick to put Klopp’s side to the sword.

It capped off an incredible day of Premier League action, which had also seen Manchester United ship six goals to Tottenham Hotspur.

Liverpool’s result was even more surprising, with Klopp admitting that they had no excuses.

“Yes [I can believe it], I saw it,” he told BBC Sport. “So it is easy to believe because I was here.

“First of all you have to say that Villa did very well. They were very physical, very smart and very direct, we were not.

“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.”

Klopp confirms Alisson absence

Klopp noted the irony of his desire to create history when he first arrived at Liverpool – having recorded an unwanted achievement on Sunday.

While in the bigger picture, it does not take away from what he has accomplised with the club, he was frustrated to have been on the receiving end of such a historic drubbing.

“Aston Villa were so good. [Ollie] Watkins wow and of course when you give the ball to Jack [Grealish] in a one v one situation on the left he can go either way and create chances.

“Who wants to lose 7-2? Years ago we told ourselves we wanted to create history. That was history but obviously the wrong type.”

One key factor in Liverpool losing by such a large margin was the absence of Alisson Becker.

Adrian replaced him in goal due to injury, and Klopp confirmed that the Brazilian will be out for a number of weeks.

“It’s long,” he said, when asked how long Alisson would be out for. “Too long for the next few games for sure.

“It looks like a few weeks but we will see.”

Klopp tries to pinpoint when it went wrong

Asked to elaborate on how they “lost the plot”, Klopp told Sky Sports that Liverpool did everything wrong in the game.

He said: “We had good moments, but our good moments led to nothing but their good moments always led to a big chance or a goal and that makes a difference.

“All the things you should not do in a football game, we did tonight, but all the credit to Aston Villa they forced us to do it.

“It was unexpected but it happened tonight. For me it wasn’t a specific moment, we put all our rubbish things and mistakes in one game and hopefully we can start again.

“Tonight wasn’t sloppy, it was just bad, I have to admit that but I can’t change it.

“I would love to have a training session tomorrow and Tuesday and to talk about it but the boys go back off to international duty. Hopefully they come back healthy and we use the two days to prepare for Everton.”

 

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