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'We lost the plot': Jurgen Klopp rues 'below average' Liverpool defending in shocking 7-2 defeat away at Aston Villa as Ollie Watkins hat-trick condemns German boss to worst defeat since arriving on Merseyside Liverpool were thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa in a shocking match on Sunday night  Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick to stun the Premier League champions  The Reds were mostly full strength but were without Alisson and Sadio Mane Jurgen Klopp claimed Liverpool were 'below average' in trying to stop Villa 

By Dominic King for MailOnline

Published: 23:42 BST, 4 October 2020 | Updated: 23:45 BST, 4 October 2020

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Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool 'lost the plot' after the champions were ripped apart by Aston Villa and crashed to their heaviest defeat in 57 years.

Aston Villa became the first team since Tottenham in 1963 to score seven against Liverpool, while the 7-2 defeat at Villa Park meant Klopp’s team became the first title holders since Arsenal in 1953 to ship so many goals in one game.

Liverpool never recovered following a calamitous start in which stand-in goalkeeper Adrian gifted hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins the opener after four minutes. 

Jurgen Klopp (right) admitted his Liverpool side lost the plot in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp (right) admitted his Liverpool side lost the plot in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa

Villa star Ollie Watkins (right) netted a hat-trick whilst capitalising on poor Reds defending

Villa star Ollie Watkins (right) netted a hat-trick whilst capitalising on poor Reds defending

It was, by far, the worst display of Klopp’s five-year reign and it was pockmarked with ruinous errors.

Klopp said: ‘For different reasons, Aston Villa did really well, forced all the mistakes that we made. The game had a specific direction - the first goal had an impact but it shouldn't. 

‘We conceded goals like that in the past, but the reaction wasn't

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