Player Ratings as Villa Secure Historic Win

Aston Villa were impossibly good against Liverpool | Pool/Getty Images

Aston Villa enjoyed one of the best nights in the club’s recent history, defeating Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2 at Villa Park.

The hosts got off to a flying start inside five minutes with Ollie Watkins opening the scoring after some terrible distribution from Adrian. The former Brentford man then doubled his tally with a sensational finish.

Mo Salah pulled one back with a lethal strike from inside the box but it wasn’t long before Villa restored their two goal advantage courtesy of a deflected volley from John McGinn. Incredibly, Watkins then completed his hat trick to make it 4-1.

The momentum stayed with Dean Smith’s side after the break with new arrival Ross Barkley marking his debut with a goal. Minutes later, Salah grabbed his second to make it 5-2. Jack Grealish then added two more goals before full time to seal a truly bonkers victory for his side.

Here are 90min’s player ratings on a momentous night of Premier League football…

Matty CashCash was kept busy in the first half | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Emiliano Martinez (GK) – 7/10 – Made a couple of impressive stops that prevented Liverpool getting back into the game.

Matty Cash (RB) – 7/10 – Dealt with everything that came his way fairly well but was beaten on several occasions early on.

Ezri Konsa (CB) – 8/10 – Dominant and composed. A really impressive display.

Tyrone Mings (CB) – 8/10 – Looks transformed from the shaky spell of form he endured last season.

Matt Targett (LB) – 7/10 – Faced a tough test against Salah and handled it well.

Virgil van Dijk, Ross BarkleyBarkley was making his Villa debut | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

John McGinn (CM) – 9/10 – What a volley. A supreme technician, who would not look out of place in the Liverpool midfield…

Douglas Luiz (CM) – 8/10 – Occasionally a bit rash but pulled off some lovely combinations with his midfield partners.

Ross Barkley (CM) – 8/10 – Should have scored at least once in the first half. Luckily, he scored an (deflected) banger after the break to make up for it. Excellent debut.

Ollie Watkins, Ezri KonsaIt doesn’t get much better than what Watkins produced for Villa | Pool/Getty Images

Trezeguet (RW) – 8/10 – Superb awareness to provide the assist that allowed Watkins to complete his hat trick.

Ollie Watkins (ST) – 10/10 – The perfect hat trick and the perfect performance. Perhaps we could have taken a mark off for his poor miss in the second half…

Jack Grealish (LW) – 10/10 – A constant menace. Continues to be Villa’s creative spark this season. Let’s hope Gareth Southgate was watching.

Marvelous Nakamba – N/A

Ahmed Elmohamady – N/A

Bertrand Traore – N/A

AdrianAdrian pulled this face a lot throughout proceedings | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Adrian (GK) – 3/10 – Woeful. Too many mistakes now. The guy simply is not good enough to be a backup goalkeeper at a club as big as Liverpool.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – 2/10 – Caught out defensively many times. Grealish had him on toast.

Virgil van Dijk (CB) – 3/10 – Very bad. Probably the one responsible for calling Liverpool’s high line from free kicks. That went well.

Joe Gomez (CB) – 2/10 – Strangely terrible performance. Not sure why he kept holding the high line, but it 100% did not work.

Andrew Robertson (LB) – 4/10 – The Reds’ best defender which is not saying much. Would have scored if not for some Martinez heroics.

Naby KeitaThe Liverpool midfield seemed to seriously miss Jordan Henderson | Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Naby Keita (CM) – 4/10 – Largely ineffective and was correctly hooked at half time for Minamino.

Fabinho (CM) – 3/10 – Cut through like a hot knife through butter time and time again.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM) – 4/10 – Another ineffective Liverpool midfielder display. Strange.

Mohamed SalahSalah scored twice but it was not enough | Pool/Getty Images

Mo Salah (RW) – 7/10 – Scored a brace and by far his team’s best performer.

Roberto Firmino (ST) – 3/10 – Awful. Literally did nothing.

Diogo Jota (LW) – 4/10 – Caused Cash some problems early on but faded dramatically after the break.

Takumi Minamino – 4/10

Curtis Jones – 5/10

James Milner – 5/10

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