What on earth happened this weekend? It was meant to be a straightforward win. We were meant to beat Villa and capitalise on Man City dropping yet more points. Then something happened. I just don’t know what. A tear in the fabric of reality? Luckily, Kopites can take heart in a promising ome – the last time Liverpool were battered at Aston Villa the Reds went on to win the league and the European Cup.
A night to forget
On Sunday night we witnessed Liverpool get absolutely battered at Aston Villa.
Adrian set the tone early on with a misplaced pass which gifted the hosts a goal just moments into the tie.
The defence seemed rattled by the error, almost as if they were having flashbacks to the Atletico Madrid calamity.
Villa just kept scoring, although they did get incredibly lucky with three heavily deflected goals. If you don’t know the score just look it up yourself, I don’t have it in me to type it out.
The last time
Back in 1976 the Reds had one of their greatest sides ever. There was Emlyn Hughes and Tommy Smith at the back, Jimmy Case in the midfield and Kevin Keegan up top. It was a team for the ages.
Despite the strength of this side, they were human. In December 1976 this great Liverpool side were thrashed 5-1 at Villa Park.
This fantastic Liverpool side were utterly humiliated in the midlands. Was it the end of their season? No.
Just a few months later came one of the club’s greatest ever nights, the defeat of Saint Etienne at Anfield. The season ended with the Reds as European and English champions.
A good omen
Kopites should take this as a good omen. We thought these players were inhuman, they were playing as such. They were proved mortal this weekend.
We can take heart from the fact that one of our greatest ever sides also got battered in similar circumstances and they still went on to win an incredible double.
This isn’t the end of the season, it was just a very rude awakening. We were missing Alisson, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara. Relax. We’ll still win the league.