Liverpool suffered an ignominious defeat against Aston Villa in one of the astonishing results in the Premier League history.
Ollie Watkins scored a first-half hat-trick and Jack Grealish played a starring role as the Midlands club humiliated the champions at Villa Park with a remarkable performance on Sunday night.
It is the heaviest defeat Liverpool have suffered since 1963, when they were beaten by Tottenham by the same scoreline, and the worst loss Jurgen Klopp has ever had in his managerial career.
It was a sensational end to a sensational day of Premier League football which saw 25 goals scored in the six games played.
The Reds finished 64 points ahead of Villa last season as they won the title at a canter, with Dean Smith’s side only avoiding relegation on the final day of the campaign.
But Liverpool had no answer to Villa’s attacking prowess as they were run ragged at the back and conceded seven goals for the first time in the Premier League.
The champions got off to a terrible start when goalkeeper Adrian, who was deputising for the injured Alisson, committed his FIFTH error leading to a goal when his wayward pass was picked up by Grealish, who put the ball on a plate for Watkins in the fourth minute.
Watkins, a £28million club record signing from Brentford, then doubled his side’s lead in the 22nd minute with a fine top corner finish past Adrian.
Villa did not let up in the second-half when Ross Barkley netted a debut goal with another deflected strike ten minutes after the restart.
Salah, who net the first goal for Liverpool, got his second of the match on the hour mark, but it was a merely a consolation as Grealish – who had claimed three assists – then struck twice more for the hosts to wrap up a stunning 7-2 victory.