Ollie Watkins 9.5, Jack Grealish 9; Joe Gomez 3, Virgil van Dijk 4: Aston Villa v Liverpool player ratings

Astonishing match at Villa Park as Smith's side smash Premier League champions 7-2

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side "lost the plot" as they were thrashed 7-2 by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.

Following on from Manchester United's 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the day, Liverpool added to the remarkable results as they became the first reigning English top-flight champions to ship seven goals in a league match since Arsenal in 1953.

Ollie Watkins' first-half hat-trick set Villa en-route to an astonishing victory – with Jack Grealish scoring twice, John McGinn and Ross Barkley once each – as Liverpool slipped to a first defeat of the season thanks to a woeful showing at the back in the Midlands.

Klopp, who suffered his biggest defeat as a manager, said: "We played into their hands, with all the goals. Then the game has a specific direction.

"We had still good moments, but our good moments lead to nothing, other than Mo's two goals.

"All their good moments lead to a big chance or goals, and that makes all the difference. All the things you should not do in a football match we did tonight, but all credit to Aston Vila, as they forced us to do those things.

"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."

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith hailed the effort from his side, as they secured athree points in extraordinary fashion.

"It was just sheer hard work and effort," Smith said. "The work ethic, when Jurgen Klopp says 'wow' to you, you know you've done something right. The lads were superb, they executed the game plan perfectly. We were at our best today."