Jamie Carragher admits Liverpool tactic was exploited in 7-2 Aston Villa defeat

Jamie Carragher was not surprised to see Liverpool's high defensive line punished in their shock 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa.

Ollie Watkins scored a hat-trick and Villa captain jack Grealish scored two as the defending Premier League champions were routed in one of the most incredible results in Premier League history.

But Carragher said Jurgen Klopp's team had a big defeat coming, having been leaking more goals since football's restart back in June.

And the Liverpool legend admitted his former team's offside trap was making him uneasy, saying the Reds were lucky not co concede eight or nine at Villa Park.

"For me, even though Liverpool have got a good defensive record, I don't like them trying to catch teams offside," said the former Reds defender.

"I don't agree with it. Being a defender and having played that position myself, this team play a lot higher up the pitch. They almost sacrifice one big chance a game with the opposition going through on goal.

"When someone beats your press around midfield and they're not far from your back four you've got to get ready to go back.

"And I just couldn't believe that it was Virgil van Dijk at the back to actually say 'listen boys the game's gone, it's 5-2, let's just step back. Let's not make this any worse'. And it did get worse."

John McGinn and Ross Barkley also scored as Liverpool became the first defending champions since 1953 to concede seven.

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Carragher said Liverpool's increasingly leaky defence had been in evidence when they kicked off their title defence with a 4-3 win over Leeds last month.

And he said it's a problem Klopp just sort out before his side's next game – a trip to face early Premier League pacesetters Everton on October 17 after the international break.

"They were fortunate it wasn't eight or nine [against Villa]," said Carragher. "You think of the chances Barkley had in the first half – Ollie Watkins hit the bar in the second half.

"Listen, you can't be too critical of what this team have done and Jurgen Klopp – it was one of them mad results that happen.

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"But I think you go back to the first game – conceding goals.

"Liverpool started conceding goals at the restart at the end of last season – we put that down to having already won the championship so I just think in the next couple of weeks we come back to the Merseyside derby.

"It's a big game – Everton are top of the league, and I think you can really look at that and ask is it a freak or more of a trend that's been happening over the last 10-15 games?"

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