English soccer’s biggest teams have never experienced a day like it. Liverpool and Manchester United were both comprehensively humiliated on Sunday in losses that rank among the worst in their history.
Just when it looked like United’s 6-1 collapse at home to Tottenham would be the biggest shock of the day in the Premier League, Liverpool managed to surpass it.
The champions fell apart and lost 7-2 to an Aston Villa side that only avoided relegation on the final day of last season and is now one of only two sides with perfect starts.
It’s been 67 years since a defending champion has lost by this much in England. It’s been 57 years since Liverpool was beaten this badly.
“We lost kind of the plot,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “The results are strange.”