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Klopp admits Liverpool lost the plot in 7-2 Aston Villa hammering

Jürgen Klopp struggled to explain Liverpool's performance as Aston Villa served the Reds their heaviest Premier League defeat in club history on Sunday.

Liverpool 'lost the plot' in 7-2 humbling against Aston Villa – Klopp

An out-of-sorts Liverpool "lost the plot" in their numbing 7-2 Premier League defeat to Aston Villa, manager Jürgen Klopp said after the game. The Premier League champions were left reeling as a rampant Villa tore through them on Sunday, with Ollie Watkins scoring a first-half hat-trick. It is the first time since 1963 that the Reds have conceded seven goals in a game, and the last time the reigning top-flight English champions let in as many goals was back in 1953.

Klopp can't explain Villa thrashing

Klopp struggled to fully explain Liverpool's display at Villa Park, but conceded his team failed to find any way of regaining their composure. "Explain I'm not sure, but I can tell you what I saw. For different reasons, Aston Villa did really well, forced all the mistakes that we made," he told Sky Sports.  "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 good, and we lost the plot. 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."

Merseyside derby next, Allison out for six weeks

Liverpool are next in action on 17 October, going up against a resurgent Everton – who have won all of their four league matches this season – in the Merseyside derby. Klopp confirmed that goalkeeper Allison, who is out with a shoulder injury will be out for at least one month but more likely for six weeks.

Villa, meanwhile, are the only side other than the Toffees to have enjoyed a 100 per cent start to the league campaign, and Dean Smith revelled in Klopp's reaction to his team's display. "It was just sheer hard work and effort. The work ethic, when Jurgen Klopp says wow to you, you know you've done something right," he told Sky Sports. "The lads were superb, they executed the game plan perfectly. We were at our best today. The biggest regret is that there were no supporters here with us – I hope they are enjoying it from their homes. It was a tremendous achievement for the players, they worked really hard."