Liverpool’s biggest Premier League defeats and what happened next

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Liverpool are now rarely subjected to heavy defeats in the Premier League. In fact, in the last five seasons from 2015-16 to 2019-20, the Reds have lost by three or more goals just five times – with one of those losses after Jurgen Klopp’s men were confirmed as champions. nationals last season.

It is therefore important not to get carried away by the 7-2 defeat repressing Liverpool suffered at the hands of Aston Villa on Sunday night.

However, it’s also good to note that when the Reds go through a brutal 90 minutes, it seems like their form doesn’t crumble and they don’t let teams repeatedly stack the pressure match after the match before they go. get back on track.

In chronological order, Liverpool’s first loss by three or more goals in the past five seasons came against West Ham at Anfield in August 2015, when Brendan Rodgers was still a coach and the result left him in a precarious position .

There have only been 12 occasions in Anfield’s history where the Reds have lost more than a three-goal difference at home.

Following the Hammers’ victory, Liverpool traveled to Old Trafford and lost 3-1 to Manchester United before returning home to record a draw against Norwich City and a narrow 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.

A 1-1 derby draw with Everton on October 4, 2015 pulled off that streak of results and that was enough for Liverpool owners FSG to take dramatic action and sack Rodgers just hours after the result at Goodison.

Three days later, Klopp was named at Anfield and started whipping his side in form.

As the manager began his overhaul, there was an all-powerful amount of excitement, bounce back and a naturally followed recovery.

The Reds lost 3-0 to Watford in December of this season with Adam Bogdan in goal, while Ryan Fulton was his assistant between the sticks and sitting on the bench.

However, Klopp managed to galvanize his side to reach the end of the quarter without another heavy loss and recorded 10 wins, six draws and five losses in the last 21 games following the trip to Vicarage Road.

It was then that the real work began for the German boss when the transfer lines were reopened and he was able to work alongside his staff behind the scenes to transform the Reds.

The ensuing 2016-17 season was an exciting one, as Liverpool looked to implement Klopp’s plan to plunder goals at one end of the pitch and work to beat teams no matter what before ending up in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

It was a campaign in which no top-flight results ended with a loss of three or more goals by the Reds.

The next run was even more impressive as Liverpool scored 84 Premier League goals but they succumbed to a big 5-0 loss at the Etihad stadium as Man City punished the Reds when Sadio Mane was sent off for a high foot against Ederson. on just the fourth game of the season.

Liverpool fought back, to some extent, beating Leicester City 3-2 away and registering three draws, including a 0-0 against Manchester United at Anfield in the next four matches.

However, they were again hit big by Tottenham in the capital 4-1 just after that four-game streak.

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It was a humiliating 90 minutes in the capital and a totally shambolic defensive display – reminiscent of the most recent one at Villa Park – as there were no extenuating circumstances such as the Mane red card in this tasteless performance by the team.

And then bang – Klopp really got a proper response.

Liverpool won their next three games on the spin by a three-goal margin, then recorded 14 wins in the 20 games following the game at Wembley, losing just once in a narrow 1-0 defeat in all of it. time.

The Reds would be left with just two losses of an away goal at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season and once again qualified to make the European Cup group stage.

Attention then turned to the 2018-19 campaign and Liverpool were masterful – losing just one game to Man City 2-1 all season and winning the club’s sixth European Cup after reaching two finals successive while finishing second in the Premier League by one point.

In the 2019-20 season, it was largely the same story as the Reds all dominated before winning 26 of their first 27 games with a draw.

Then, on Matchday 28, Klopp’s men gave in to Watford and were largely swept away in a 3-0 loss to Hertfordshire.

There was little mitigation to report with unbeaten and an unbeaten top-flight run of 44 games on the line and the hugely disappointing setback was nothing short of deserved future champions amid a bad run in top flight and cup competition.

Liverpool fired back with a response and secured a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Bournemouth after that game against the Hornets, but lockdown was later struck and football was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As the campaign resumed, the Reds posted a 0-0 draw against Everton before breaking Crystal Palace 4-0 and waiting for City to be defeated by Chelsea and the Premier League title to head to Anfield for the first time in three decades.

The champions then traveled to the Etihad and were completely defeated by the highly prized unit of Pep Guardiola, rejected 4-0.

While the Reds can be somewhat forgiven for getting their foot on the gas at this point, it should be noted that they still won their next two games and won four of the last six, including a very impressive 5- victory. 3 against Chelsea at Anfield. the night they lifted the title.

Now Liverpool were humiliated at Villa Park in a 7-2 loss on Sunday night after the defending champions started the 2020-21 campaign with three rebound wins – including wins over Arsenal and Chelsea, who spent a lot.

And if Klopp’s recent past at Anfield is anything to say, Everton can expect a serious response from the Reds when they host the world champions at Goodison Park after the international break.

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