Liverpool player ratings: One player gets a 3 in defensive horror show against Aston Villa

Liverpool had one of their worst defensive performances of all time as they shipped seven goals against Aston Villa and Express Sport takes a look how each of their 11 players fared.

Adrian 3

On a weekend of goalkeeping calamities in the Premier League, Alisson’s stand-in would have been odds-on to join in and he duly obliged with a fourth minute howler.

Trent-Alexander-Arnold 4

Jack Grealish asked him some tricky questions in defence and he did not always have the answers.

Joe Gomez 4

Squared up by Ollie Watkins for his second goal and exposed by Villa’s timing of their runs, he endured an evening of shadow chasing.

Virgil van Dijk 5

One of a handful of first teamers to double up after featuring in the Carabao Cup in midweek, the Dutchman wasn’t at his sharpest.

Andy Robertson 6

Energetic and industrious down the left, he combined well with Diogo Jota and tested Emiliano Martinez with a stinging shot just before half time.

Naby Keita 4

Some neat touches on the ball but part of a midfield over-run at times by Villa’s breaks and replaced at the break.

Fabinho 4

Showed his versatility in defence earlier in the season but back in his familiar midfield holding role, the Brazilian did not provide he cover his defence would have wanted.

Georginio Wijnaldum 5

Helped create Mo Salah’s first half goal with an astute pass and the pick of a poor Liverpool engine room.

Roberto Firmino 6

Should have put away a one on one chance with Martinez in the first half but caused Villa problems with his intelligent link play

Mo Salah 8

Another to double up, the Egyptian produced deadly finishes either side of half time but had to hand the limelight to Villa’s hat-trick hero Ollie Watkins.

Diogo Jota 5

The £41m signing from Wolves was handed his first Premier League start by Jurgen Klopp in the absence of Sadio Mane and showed up OK considering.

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