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‘We lost the plot’: Jurgen Klopp rues Liverpool defending in shock 7-2 thrashing away at Aston Villa

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Jurgen Klopp admitted Liverpool ‘lost the plot’ after the champions were ripped apart by Aston Villa and crashed to their heaviest defeat in 57 years.

Aston Villa became the first team since Tottenham in 1963 to score seven against Liverpool, while the 7-2 defeat at Villa Park meant Klopp’s team became the first title holders since Arsenal in 1953 to ship so many goals in one game.

Liverpool never recovered following a calamitous start in which stand-in goalkeeper Adrian gifted hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins the opener after four minutes. 

Jurgen Klopp (right) admitted his Liverpool side lost the plot in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp (right) admitted his Liverpool side lost the plot in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa

Jurgen Klopp (right) admitted his Liverpool side lost the plot in the 7-2 loss to Aston Villa

Villa star Ollie Watkins (right) netted a hat-trick whilst capitalising on poor Reds defending

Villa star Ollie Watkins (right) netted a hat-trick whilst capitalising on poor Reds defending

Villa star Ollie Watkins (right) netted a hat-trick whilst capitalising on poor Reds defending

It was, by far, the worst display of Klopp’s five-year reign and it was pockmarked with ruinous errors.

Klopp said: ‘For different reasons, Aston Villa did really well, forced all the mistakes that we made. The game had a specific direction – 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. Every time Villa won the ball, they counter-attacked and our attempts to stop it were below average. 

‘All the things you should not do in a football game, we did. All credit to Aston Villa. It was unexpected but it happened. It was just bad, I have to admit it but I can’t change it.’

The German manager hopes that the shock result is a one-off ahead of a tough fixture pile-up

The German manager hopes that the shock result is a one-off ahead of a tough fixture pile-up

The German manager hopes that the shock result is a one-off ahead of a tough fixture pile-up

Liverpool will be without Alisson Becker, their first choice keeper, for up to six weeks after he damaged his shoulder in a training ground collision on Saturday. It means he will miss the start of the Champions League plus huge Premier League dates with Everton and Manchester City.

It had been a difficult 48 hours for Klopp, who had lost Sadio Mane after he tested positive for COVID-19, but he was in a remarkably phlegmatic mood as he analysed the situation.

‘Nothing what I could say could help that result so why should I be completely outraged?’ said Klopp. ‘Is it a one-off? I would like to think so but the proof of that will be in the next couple of weeks or months. A game like that should not happen, 100 per cent.

Klopp (right) has goalkeeper Alisson out for six weeks so may have to settle for Adrian (left)

Klopp (right) has goalkeeper Alisson out for six weeks so may have to settle for Adrian (left)

Klopp (right) has goalkeeper Alisson out for six weeks so may have to settle for Adrian (left)

‘It is not a personal defeat but it is a massive one. It is important how we react. The only problem is we cannot react tomorrow. These boys are very self-critical and they know everyone has his hand in this result. We have to deal with it – and we will deal with it.’

Villa, by contrast, were outstanding and exultant manager Dean Smith said: ‘I’m not sure anyone expected what happened today. I have told the players to take a minute and realise what they have done against an exceptional team. 

‘Going in at half-time leading 4-1 was quite surreal. This result will give us so much confidence.’

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Jorginho moonlighting as Thiago Silva’s English teacher in bid to KO Chelsea’s defensive woes with ‘man on’ and ‘drop’

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JORGINHO has taken on extra work as Thiago Silva’s English teacher to help the Brazilian superstar settle in at Chelsea.

Brazil-born Italian Jorginho also acts as unofficial translator in the dressing room — and it is helping the team iron out defensive woes.

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Thiago, 36, was signed on a free in the summer from Paris Saint-Germain and is seen as a key figure in the back line even though his knowledge of English is minimal.

Midfielder Jorginho, 28, said: “When he has some questions or some doubts he asks me and I try to help him if I can, because my English is not that great.

“I have taught him ‘man on’, ‘turn’ or if he is on the other side ‘switch play’. Things that you need on the pitch. ‘Man on’, ‘drop’ or ‘up’.

“We try to help each other. That’s what you do on and off the pitch.

“He is happy here. He is a big personality, a big player with lots of experience.

“He is helping all of us as a group, the younger players, everyone.

“He finds a way to communicate, whether it is with his hands or he speaks to me and I give the information to the other guys.  We find a way.”

Chelsea boss Frank ­Lampard revealed this week he communicates with Portuguese-speaker Thiago via an interpreter but that the pair already have a solid working relationship.

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He will have to be managed carefully due to his age but he played a huge role in Tuesday’s stalemate in the Champions League against Sevilla. It was the first goalless draw of Lampard’s 64-game reign.

Chelsea go to Manchester United on Saturday to avenge a 4-0 pummeling in Lamps’ first Premier League match as manager.

Jorginho said: “We are trying to be a solid team, not conceding so many goals. We need to work on that but it is difficult.

“Goals and small details can make the difference at the end.

“We have to work on other things to get better but we are on the right way I think.

“We must focus on defending inside the box, how to press and don’t switch off on set-plays.

“These details make a big difference. We need to be aware all the time. We are trying to do that.

“Thiago helped a lot, talking a lot. Defensively he has massive experience and he knows about football tactically so he is helping all of us so much.

“He has played at a high level for a long time. I think it is easy to see he is a great player on the pitch.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard says that Thiago Silva will be a great player after West Brom horror show

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UFC 254 – Khabib vs Gaethje LIVE: All the build-up and updates from Fight Island ahead of massive night of action

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UFC 254 takes place this weekend with the MASSIVE lightweight world title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje.

Khabib returns to Octagon for the first time since September 2019 for the bout at the UFC’s Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Follow ALL of the latest fight week build-up and updates below…

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Bayern 4 Atletico Madrid 0 LIVE REACTION: Coman scores twice as Champions League holders begin defence in style

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Bayern Munich kicked off their Champions League defence with a 4-0 thumping of Atletico Madrid.

Man-of-the-match Kingsley Coman bagged a brace either side of half-time with Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso adding the other two.

Other than a couple of Atletico flurries at the beginning of either half, the Bavarians were dominant throughout.

After a rocky first ten minutes where Luis Suarez was unlucky not to put Atletico ahead, Bayern slowly worked their way into the game and finished the half by far the strongest.

Coman opened the scoring with a lovely finish – getting on the end of a delectable diagonal ball from deep from Joshua Kimmich and burying it with his right foot.

The visitors had some half chances but they looked a way off by the end of the half and Goretska’s 41st minute half volley into the bottom left corner was thoroughly deserved.

Shortly after half-time, Joao Felix had a goal disallowed because an offside Luis Suarez was in Manuel Neuer’s eyeline as the ball went in.

And almost immediately Bayern took the ball up the other end and after a blocked shot fell to Tolisso 30 yards out, the midfielder produced the goal of the game rifling a right-footed rocket into the top right corner.

Coman wrapped up the win on 72 minutes with Atletico pushing for a way back in. He took advantage of the thinly spread defence, turned the defender inside out and smashed it into the bottom left corner.

Atletico go bottom of Group A as RB Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow drew earlier with Bayern moving top.

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