Aston Villa are in 7th Heaven tonight after thrashing Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park.
Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick and Jack Grealish had a hand in five goals as Villa stunned champions Liverpool.
Former Brentford striker Watkins had never scored a Premier League goal before kick-off by half time he had the match ball. Villa captain Grealish scored their final two goals after assisting three.
It is the first time Liverpool have conceded seven since 1963.
Villa’s first was the result of a huge error by goalkeeper Adrian. He passed the ball straight to Grealish, who cut it back for Watkins to side-foot in.
Watkins’ second was superb as he cut in from the left and smashed it into the top corner.
Mo Salah looked to have restored order when he scored for the Reds before John McGinn’s deflected volley two minutes later put Villa 3-1 up.
Watkins then headed in from Trezeguet’s cross to become the first player to score a Premier League treble against Liverpool since Berbatov for Manchester United 10 years ago.
Villa debutant midfielder Ross Barkley, a boyhood Evertonian, was outstanding. He added a fifth after the break from just outside the box.
Salah made it 5-2 on the hour-mark but then Grealish smashed in Villa’s sixth before latching onto McGinn’s raking pass to make it 7-2.
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