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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool Fc suffered their heaviest defeat in the Premier League era as they were humiliated 7-2 by the hosts Aston Villa Fc.

Even before the whistle was blown, Sadio Mané was already ruled out of the match. To make matters worse, Alisson Becker was also ruled out as he sustained a shoulder injury in the training and Adrián deputised for the Brazilian Goalkeeper.

After getting knocked out of the Carabao Cup 2020-21 by the goalkeeping brilliance of Arsenal Fc Goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Liverpool Fc (The Reds) needed similar Goalkeeping exploits from Adrián.

It was however highly unlikely. This is exactly the consequences of relying on a Goalkeeper who clearly is not up to the Reds standards. Jürgen Klopp and FSG will need to soon bring in a proven young reliable Goalkeeper that can regularly challenge Alisson.

To rewind a couple of years ago, Adrián already had a tarnished reputation of shipping goals while playing for West Ham Fc and was released from the club without being offered a contract extension.

With no future in England, the Spaniard looked set to play in the lower leagues of the Spanish Football, before being given a lucrative contract to replace other equally fallible goalkeepers Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.

Adrián’s Goalkeeping frailties were clearly exposed repeatedly by the Aston Villa Fc (The Villa) attackers.

Just in the 4th minute, Adrián clumsily gave the ball away to Grealish who then neatly assisted to Ollie Wilkins. Wilkins then struck the ball from the centre of the box to the bottom corner. This Goalkeeping error set the tone for the remainder of the match.

From then on, things gone all awry for the Reds as in the 22nd minute poor man marking from Joe Gomez allowed Ollie Wilkins to cut past Gomez to arrow the ball into the top corner.

Both sides had plenty of opportunities but it was the Reds who were culpable of wasting gilt-edged goal scoring opportunities that required just calm finishing.

Mohamed Salah made 2-1 for the Reds in the 33rd minute as the Egyptian struck the ball into the top left corner.

The Villa did not take their foot off the gas as the John McGinn struck a volley in the 35th (that was headed clear Joe Gomez from the Corner Kick). The resulting shot got deflected off Van Dijk on to the goal.

The Reds defence simply looked shambolic and following a free kick (that resulted from a rough challenge on Ross Barkley by Van Dijk, (in the 38th minute)) Trézéguet beat the offside trap to brilliantly assist to Wilkins as he headed the ball into the goal to make it 4-1 for the Villa.

With the match already lost for the Reds in the first half, the nightmare had just begun as the Villa looked to pile on the misery for the Reds.

After missing numerous chances to score, Ross Barkley scored for the Villa in the 55th minute with a curl shot on to the top corner of the net. The scoreline then became 5-1.

For the last time for this match, Salah scored in the 59th minute for the Reds (after Roberto Firmino assisted) making it 5-2.

Grealish who provided several assists, finally scored in the 65th minute after the ball got deflected off Fabinho with the Villa comfortably leading 6-2.

John McGinn provided a neat assist to an unmarked Grealish as he comfortably slotted the ball past Adrián to make it 7-2 for the Villa.

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Adrián – 2: Conceding the goal in less than 5 minutes set the tone for the match. The Spaniard clearly shown his Goalkeeping frailties and the need to replace him in just one match. Unable to command the defence and shown very poor shot stopping skills. Given he is 33, the Reds will need to need to replace the Spaniard sooner than later as he is clearly not up to the Reds standards.  

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 4: The young Englishman had a torrid night. Clearly looked shaken on what’s happening around him and his confidence took a beating. Looked off pace and defended poorly.

Joe Gomez – 2: Another young Englishman that was repeatedly got bullied easily by the Villa attackers and was particularly picked out by Ollie Wilkins. He was later replaced by Curtis Jones in the 59th minute

Virgil Van Dijk – 2: This was by far the worst defensive display by the Dutch. Perhaps he missed the defensive assurance of Alisson. Whatever it maybe, this performance was very Un-“Van Dijk” like. Could not marshal his defence and was beaten for pace several times.

Andrew Robertson – 5: The whole team let down defensively and the Scot was one of them. The only bright spot was his attacking contributions.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 2: This was the poorest performance from the Dutch compared to the matches where he went AWOL. Easily conceded possession and did not shore up the defence either. The misplaced pass to Alexander-Arnold in the 81st minute encapsulated his dismal performance.

Fabinho – 4: Very poor display from the usually dependable Brazilian. Another Reds player that was easily beaten for pace and the Brazilian did not get any support from other Reds players either.

Naby Keïta – 2: The only saving grace for the Guinean was his blocked shot helped Salah to restore some respectability to the score line for the Reds. Awful display and was replaced by Takumi Minamino before the second half began.

Forwards:

Diogo Jota – 4: Poor finishing and touches from the Portuguese. The Villa attackers showed the young Portuguese what clinical finishing was all about.

Roberto Firmino – 4: Subdued performance from the Brazilian and contributed only an assist. The Brazilian is slowly showing signs of rustiness in form.

Mohamed Salah – 6: In a humiliating cause, the Egyptian scored a brace and helplessly watched the Reds defences getting torn to shreds by the Villa Attackers.

Substitutes:

Takumi Minamino – 6: Came on to replace Keïta and added some spark to the side but the ship has long sailed as the Japanese was playing for a humiliating cause.

Curtis Jones – 5: Replacing Gomez to bring on Jones was Klopp’s way of waving the white flag to surrender meekly to the enemy. Continued his poor performance from fourth round of the Carabao Cup 2020-21.

James Milner – 6: Was brought as a substitute for Firmino in the 68th minute in a bid to curtail the flow of goals. The Englishman should have been in the starting XI instead of Wijnaldum.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 2: Forget about the worst defeat for Klopp as Reds Manager but what’s worse, this match was the heaviest defeat for the Reds in the Premier League Era. Baffling selections in persisting with Wijnaldum instead of Milner.

There will be a lot of questions pointed to the Reds Transfer Committee’s reluctance to buy a young proven quality Goalkeeper during the Summer Transfer Window 2020.

The Reds are due to play the Premier League Match against hosts and surprise League leaders Everton F.c (The Toffees) (17 October 2020 at 12:30 p.m (BST)).

Seeing the sight of Adrián as Goalkeeper would make any oppositions lick their lips as they know they would not have to break too much sweat to beat Adrián.

As such, everyone connected with the Reds will be praying for Alisson’s speedy recovery to be fit in time to play against the Toffees. The Reds will be hoping also for the recovery of Sadio Mané and especially Thiago Alcântara.

 

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