‘Everyone has to take responsibility’: Virgil van Dijk slams champions’ drop in standards during 7-2 mauling by Aston Villa as Dutchman issues rallying cry for immediate improvement ahead of Merseyside Derby against in-form Everton
- Liverpool were stunned 7-2 by Aston Villa on Sunday, ending their perfect start
- The Reds looked unrecognisable, leaving manager Jurgen Klopp in disbelief
- Virgil van Dijk was visibly furious with the performance and later criticised it
Virgil van Dijk never stopped trying to roar a sleeping Liverpool into life as they were battered 7-2 by Aston Villa, and has urged his fellow Reds to burden the blame.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were overrun by the pre-season relegation candidates, going in 4-1 at half-time after allowing a first-half Ollie Watkins hat-trick.
The Champions but quickly regather for a clash with bitter rivals and league leaders Everton on Saturday – with Carlo Ancelotti’s side boasting a 100 per cent record after four games.
Virgil van Dijk was as stunned as those viewing as Aston Villa demolished Liverpool 7-2
Jack Grealish and Co ran riot as the champions completely collapsed in defence and midfield
Jurgen Klopp was even seen laughing in disbelief on the touch-line as the later goals went in
‘If we are looking at ourselves, it felt like it was one of those performances where we just weren’t 100 per cent at it from the start until the finish,’ Van Dijk told SkySports.
‘Obviously the goals we conceded we should have done better but also the chances we had – because we had many – we should have done better as well.
‘Overall we’re all very disappointed. We shouldn’t lose with the numbers we did and now it’s key to stick together and don’t let this happen again hopefully.’
Van Dijk continued trying to rally his team-mates but the Reds continued to seem switched-off
The Reds must now rally and prepare for a clash with unbeaten league leaders Everton next
‘We have to be very hard with each other – and we will be. It’s key to not get crazy or anything but we have to be stepping it up.
‘The performance level between the last game against Arsenal for the league and today was too big. All of us, everyone has to take responsibility.’
Klopp was even seen laughing in disbelief during the tie, but he must now weigh-up whether the humiliation was a fluke, or Villa exposed a critical flaw in the Reds’ once impenetrable system.
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