Watkins hat-trick as Villa humble Liverpool 7-2

Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa walks off at full time with the match ball after his perfect hat trick past a dejected Mohamed Salah and Jurgen Klopp the manager / head coach of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Villa Park on October 4, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

A sensational first-half hat-trick from Ollie Watkins helped Aston Villa to a stunning 7-2 victory over Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday to end the champions' 100 percent start to the season in extraordinary fashion. 

Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian – deputizing for Alisson in goal for the visitors after the Brazilian picked up a shoulder injury – gifted Watkins the opener in the fourth minute. 

If there was an element of good fortunate about Watkins' first goal in a Villa shirt, his second was all his own fine work as he cut inside before firing into the top corner to stun the champions and make it 2-0 in the 22nd minute. 

Mohamed Salah's fine left-foot finish seemed to get Liverpool back in the game in the 33rd minute, but John McGinn's deflected strike two minutes later restored Villa's two-goal advantage. 

Watkins completed his hat-trick inside 39 minutes, with former Everton midfielder Ross Barkley – making his debut after joining Villa on loan – making it five, 10 minutes into the second half. 

Salah did give Liverpool hope on the hour mark, before a late double from Grealish completed a remarkable victory for a team that narrowly avoided relegation last season. 

Stunned Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his side did "all the things you should not do in a football match" as they "lost the plot" to play into Aston Villa's hands.
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