Football: Reds run riot but Klopp won't gloat

Divock Origi.
Divock Origi.

Despite seeing his side smash in six goals, Liverpool boss is quick to pay respect to 'great club' Villa

LONDON • Liverpool gave Aston Villa little love on Valentine's Day - only six reasons why Villa are relegation-bound.

The Reds' kindest gesture on Sunday, after winning 6-0 at Villa Park, came from their manager Juergen Klopp.

The German refused to gloat over the result as the possibility that Villa could become one of the biggest Premier League clubs to go down increased.

It was Villa's worst defeat at home since 1935 and left them eight points adrift of safety at the foot of the table with 12 games to go.

"It's not a day to sing songs," Klopp said. "That's part of the respect for Aston Villa, a great club in a difficult situation. If one team wins 6-0 and another loses 6-0, that's not too nice for them."

There was plenty for Klopp to cheer, however, not least the return of forward Daniel Sturridge.

The England striker started in the league for the first time since October after a series of injury setbacks and scored the opener.

  • 6

    It was the first time that Aston Villa conceded six goals at home in a league match since October 1983.

    81

    This is Villa's worst home league defeat for 81 years.

    1

    It was the first time ever that six different Liverpool players scored in a Premier League game.

    37

    The number of seconds it took Divock Origi to score. It is the fastest goal by a substitute in the league this term.

Now Klopp hopes for an injury-free run for the 26-year-old, whose all-round game impressed his manager more than his headed goal in the 16th minute.

"Of course we need the goals of Daniel and he needs the goals, that's clear," said Klopp. "It's not a surprise that he scores goals, but it surprised me how good he is with the team and his movement. He is a real striker.

"It is good to see him fit and when he hides himself on the pitch he is really difficult to defend against because he is always somewhere and you don't know his next move."

For Liverpool, victory also marked the end of a five-game winless run, ending a difficult period for Klopp, who saw Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho make a difference on their returns from injury.

James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure also scored as Liverpool strolled to a victory that lifted them up to eighth, three points shy of the European places.

"It is good for us when we have all our players available, but football and life is not like this," said the German. "You have to get results when your best players are not all available and that is what we didn't do often enough."

One week after Liverpool fans streamed out of Anfield in protest over ticket prices, home supporters also left Villa Park early on Sunday.

Many of those who remained chanted against owner Randy Lerner, while some in the main stand shouted directly at chief executive Tom Fox.

Manager Remi Garde said: "It's very disappointing. I feel humiliation. It was very painful with six goals conceded, but it is three points thrown away, not more. We don't have time to moan too much about this.

"It's the worst defeat I've had as a manager and I have a lot of feelings, but I will keep some of them to myself.

"As a manager it was the worst performance I've had. It was a very bad defeat. I'm very sad and frustrated. I'm very sorry for the fans."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2016, with the headline 'Reds run riot but Klopp won't gloat'. Print Edition | Subscribe