Liverpool player ratings from horror show against Aston Villa

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

Liverpool started badly at Villa Park as a poor pass from Adrian – deputising 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 the team who just avoided relegation last season.

Here, we rate the players on both sides…

Liverpool

Adrian 4

In a season of goalkeeping howlers, his one for the first was up with the worst of them

Alexander-Arnold 4

Bizarre to see him not on the same wavelength as his regular defensive colleagues

Gomez 4

Turned inside out for Villa’s second and will have better nights than this one

Van Dijk 5

Booked. Rare to see him so flustered and even deflected the third past his hapless keeper

Robertson 5

Was his usual threat going forward but was severely tested in a strange first half

Keita 5

Got into some threatening positions but too often chose the wrong option

Fabinho 5

Struggled to make any meaningful impact and bypassed by the Villa midfield

Wijnaldum 6

Did not get any foothold in proceedings but kept truing to provide a spark

Salah 7

Great finishes and had Mane not been missing, might have run riot

Firmino 5

Wasted an early opportunity to level the scores and that might have been crucial

Jota 5

Creative and had a couple of decent efforts but will obviously take time to gel

Aston Villa

Martinez 7

Made a hash of one pass but redeemed himself with a series of decent saves

Cash 7

A lot of danger came down his flank but he stuck to his task with gusto

Konsa 7

A calming presence alongside a more headstrong partner but tested to the full

Mings 7

One buccaneering run into the Liverpool half summed up this guy’s approach to the game

Targett 8

Did not get forward a lot but did not need to and was pretty sure-footed

McGinn 7

Lucky not to concede a penalty and sent his volley the right way to get a deflected goal

Douglas Luiz 8

Neat and intelligent, ss quietly an effective performer as you are likely to find

Barkley 8

Could not have wished for a better debut, capping it with the deflected fifth

Trezeguet 7

A great assist for Watkins’ hat-trick goal and showed a great work ethic all night

Watkins 9

Repaying his transfer fee and giving Villa the goal instinct they have lacked

Grealish 9

Relished going up against one of the elite and was in simply sublime form

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