Liverpool judgement – Jurgen Klopp must answer two transfer questions after the humiliation by Aston Villa.


Where do you start with that? Where on earth do you start with this complete and utter abomination?

Merseyside may be locally sealed off, but there is one area of the city that doesn’t seem to get the message.

Ian Doyle announces his Liverpool verdict after the Reds were beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Anyone who thought that the world champions would win another Premier League title after their impressive start to the season is sorely mistaken.

We could be here for a long, long, long time yet to comb through the thesaurus and pluck words to describe this defeat of Liverpool, their worst in the league since a similar 7-2 setback at Tottenham Hotspur in April 1963.

Embarrassing. Humiliating. Awkward. Witless. Weak. Wistful.

Liverpool didn’t concede a single deflected goal for the entire last season and then conceded three goals in 90 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp will have known that. Just like he knows what went wrong here.

Sure, that was a crazy result.

But none of this can excuse the terrible defense – from front to back – that contributed significantly to Liverpool’s downfall here.

In addition, whether we like it or not, the conditions under which matches continue to be played are still alien and are gradually affecting the games. Just think of the recent fights at home by Manchester rivals City and United, the laughter they caused among the Reds’ fans, which has now fallen silent.

They have now conceded 11 goals in four Premier League games, and in total it took them 12 games to get through last season. More than sloppy, as Roy Keane could say.

Especially poor was Joe Gomez, who was replaced long before the final whistle by Villa hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins.

He was not the only one – Fabinho and Roberto Firmino were both awful – but it did raise the question once again of whether Liverpool would need further reinforcement for the central defender before the transfer window closes tonight.

And then there was Adrian.

The now-famous high defensive line of the Liverpool side was repeatedly exposed by Villa, who ran out of the deep and hit the ball for a long time. Strangely enough, the visitors lacked energy and organization on the entire field, which they simply could not cope with.

But while Mane could be back in two weeks, Alisson Becker is facing a prolonged dry spell on the sidelines after a shoulder injury he sustained in training when he collided with a teammate.

Adrian had been satisfactory at his first outing between the sticks last season, but his career at Anfield was marked by a downward trend.

The loss of Sadio Mane to his positive coronavirus test – along with Thiago Alcantara, who had to isolate himself – was a setback, given the sensational form of the Senegalese in this term.


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