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Watkins breaks records as Aston Villa humbles Champions Liverpool 7-2



Ollie Watkins netted a first-half hat-trick as champions Liverpool were torn apart.

Liverpool lost 7-2 to Villa in a game that saw Watkins broke two records.

Ollie Watkins is the first player to score a PL hat-trick against Liverpool since Dimitar Berbatov for Man Utd in September 2010..

He is also the first English-born player to do so since Kevin Lisbie for Charlton in September 2003.

Watkins’ first Premier League goal gave Villa their lead fourth minute into the game.

Again in the 23rd minute, Grealish slides the ball in behind Liverpool’s high line and Watkins is on to it in a flash.

In the 33rd minute, Mo Salah brought Liverpool back into the game. Jota drives in from the left and plays the ball in for Keita, Keita loses control but the ball rolls through to Salah, who produces an exquisite finish to pick out the far corner.

Villa responded straight away in the 35th minute by restoring their two-goal advantage, courtesy of a sweet volley from McGinn.

As for Villa’s fourth goal in the 39th minute, Watkins to head home for his hat-trick from a resultant free-kick.

An ex-Evertonian Barkley got Villa’s fifth in the 55th minute.

In the 60th minute, Firmino threads the ball through the eye of a needle to Salah, who slams the ball into the bottom corner to get a goal back for the visitors.

Grealish also scored in the 66th and 75th minute to put Villa at a comfortable 7-2 lead.

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