Liverpool's goals were both scored by Mohamed Salah, at 2-0 and 5-1 down. The rout, which saw Villa lead 4-1 at half-time, started with Watkins' fourth-minute opener as the hosts punished an error by Reds goalkeeper Adrian, who had come into the side after first-choice stopper Alisson sustained a shoulder injury in training. It was the first match in which a Klopp team had conceded seven goals in his managerial career, and the first occasion for Liverpool since a 7-2 loss to Tottenham in 1963.
Villa Park welcomed back European football for the first time in seven years as Villa faced Banik Ostrava (Czech Republic) in the first round of the UEFA Cup. Dr Jozef Venglos was now the Aston Villa...
With Aston Villa's training ground still closed due to a coronavirus outbreak, the Premier League have moved to call off Sunday's game.