Dean Smith hails 'special' performance for Villa's 7-2 Liverpool win

‘It takes something special. It was a special performance’: Dean Smith left bursting with pride at his Aston Villa players after Ollie Watkins inspires demolition job of champions Liverpool

  • REPORT: Aston Villa produced stunning 7-2 hammering of champions Liverpool
  • Villa boss Dean Smith hailed it as a ‘special’ night after such a dominant win
  • Ollie Watkins hit a brace as Jurgen Klopp was left dumbstruck at his defence 

Dean Smith was left bursting with pride as his Aston Villa side tore Premier League champions Liverpool to pieces in a 7-2 win on Sunday.

Ollie Watkins scored his first Premier League hat-trick in the rout and Smith, who saw his side survive on the final day last season,  admits even in his dreams he had never predicted a win so comprehensively.  

‘It has to rank at the top to get a performance and a result like that against an exceptional team,’ Smith said.

Dean Smith was left celebrating one of the greatest results of his career by beating Liverpool

His Villa side produced a 7-2 victory to stun the Premier League champions at Villa Park

‘It takes something special. It was a special performance from the players tonight.

‘I’m extremely proud. We executed the game plan to perfection. It wasn’t just the game plan but the work rate, work ethic. 

‘If you get outworked by Liverpool you get beat. They’re an exceptional pressing team. Very, very proud of every single one of them.’

It was Liverpool’s heaviest defeat in Jurgen Klopp’s time in charge and served as something of a reality check. 

Liverpool were left stunned as they were a shadow of themselves when it came to defending

Klopp did not want to take credit away from Villa at the end but was left dumbstruck as to why his side defended so poorly. 

‘Nothing what I could say could help that result so why should I be completely outraged?’ said Klopp. 

‘Is it a one-off? I would like to think so but the proof of that will be in the next couple of weeks or months. A game like that should not happen, 100 per cent.

‘It is not a personal defeat but it is a massive one. It is important how we react. The only problem is we cannot react tomorrow. 

‘These boys are very self-critical and they know everyone has his hand in this result. We have to deal with it – and we will deal with it.’ 

Jurgen Klopp (right) did not want to take anything away from the jubilant Aston Villa players

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