Few could have imagined prior to kick off what would play out before us.
This was a sensational Aston Villa display, taking apart current Premier League Champions Liverpool. Over the 90 minutes they looked shell-shocked.
They are now the first reigning Champions to concede 7 goals since an Arsenal side in the 50’s. It’s also the first time Liverpool have conceded 7 since the 1960’s.
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Villa were rampant, ruthless and merciless in their destruction of a Liverpool team that was simply unable to contain the onslaught. It was relentless and 7 goals could have easily been 10.
This was a match that saw Ollie Watkins bag a first half ‘perfect’ hat-trick. Right foot, left foot and a header. The club record signing could easily have had five on the night, seeing a one-on-one saved and crashing the crossbar in the second half.
Ross Barkley, making his debut after joining on loan for the season from Chelsea was unplayable. The England international was strong, probed at the Liverpool defence and was genuinely box to box.
Alongside a rejuvenated McGinn and silky Douglas Luiz, Barkley was a delight. The quality of the interplay with Jack Grealish over the course of the game was a total joy to watch.
Special mention too for the less fashionable jobs. Konsa and Mings’ partnership is beginning to form something that cannot go un-noticed. Matty Cash, on these early showings, looks to be a superb acquisition on the right flank.
This is a night that will live long in the memory.
For Villa and Dean Smith it is a real statement; hopefully the first of many.
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