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Liverpool lick their wounds after Villa battering but must now move on

There’s no denying it, the wounds are still sore after Liverpool’s thrashing at the hands of Aston Villa.

The 7-2 defeat is something that is hard for many of us to digest, with the Reds only ever conceding as many goals against Spurs in 1963.

It’s natural to look for answers as to why the defeat happened, but now we should move on and press forward as a team.

With Alisson, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson out of the line-up, Liverpool were missing some key players, which may have knocked the team’s confidence from the start.

But after Adrian’s sloppy pass to Joe Gomez, resulting in a goal for Villa just four minutes into the game, the defence looked shaken and it all went downhill from there.

Speaking to after the game, Jurgen Klopp said: “Tonight, pretty much everybody made massive mistakes around the goals.

“The first one was obviously Adrian; that was a big mistake, yes, but the reaction on the goal was an even bigger mistake, how we reacted.”

In reality, it was an awful performance and will likely be the worst we’ll see all season – but we shouldn’t dwell on it too much.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen such a significant defeat to Villa – in 1976, Liverpool lost 5-1 to the West Midlands outfit, and went on to win the league and European cup in the same year.

“Now the boys go to their national teams and when they come back – hopefully healthy, all of them – then we have two days’ time to prepare the Everton game and then we have the chance to do better,” Klopp said of the upcoming Merseyside Derby.

With Liverpool taking on Everton in the Premier League straight after the international break, the boss will be desperate to get a win.

The Blues are enjoying a perfect start to the season, winning their first four games, victory away at Goodison Park would see the Reds level on points atop the table – and would be the perfect remedy after getting humbled by Villa.

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