Jurgen Klopp referred to his row with Roy Keane as he summed up Liverpool's disastrous defending in their 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa.

The Premier League champions were stunned as Villa inflicted one of the most shocking results in living memory.

It was the first time in the 67 years a team defending the top-flight title had conceded seven - going back to a 7-1 defeat for Arsenal in 1953.

A week ago, Roy Keane enraged Reds boss Klopp by describing Liverpool's defending as "sloppy" following a 3-1 win over the Gunners.

The German took issue with Keane's comments then, saying the Manchester United legend must have been "talking about another game".

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool's defending against Villa as 'just bad'

But after his side were torn apart by Villa, Klopp had no defence for his players.

"Last week, Mr Keane said we defended sloppy," the 53-year-old said. "Tonight it was not sloppy, it was just bad. I have to admit that, I cannot change that now."

Villa took the lead just four minutes in through Ollie Watkins, who punished a horrendous error by Adrian after the stand-in keeper passed the ball straight to Jack Grealish.

Watkins went on to score a hat-trick, while Grealish had a hand in five of the goals, scoring two himself.

Ollie Watkins gave Villa an early lead following a mistake by Adrian

Liverpool's performance was strewn with errors, although Klopp gave credit to Villa for forcing the mistakes.

"For different reasons Aston Villa, who did really well tonight, forced all the mistakes that we made," he said.

"We played into their hands with the first goal and with the second, and the third. Then the game has a specific direction.

"So yes, you can say Adrian made a mistake it is obvious when he passed the ball there, easy goal for them.

Liverpool players stunned after conceding a seventh goal

"But we have conceded goals like this in the past, maybe not exactly like that - we obviously lost the plot."

Klopp praised some of Liverpool's attacking play, but admitted that the Reds' defence were not given enough protection by their teammates.

He said: "Our creating in the last third was good - it did not always get a goal but it was good. But when Villa got a chance our protection was below average.

"You could see it after the first half the body language dropped.

Roy Keane claimed a week ago that Liverpool's defending against Arsenal had been 'sloppy"

"But we are 4-1 down and how the game was, we should not stop playing - just do the good stuff again, but slightly better, and finish the chances.

"We still had good moments but our moments led to nothing whereas theirs always ended in a big chance or a goal."

Last season Liverpool went 27 games before tasting defeat as they romped to the Premier League title.

And Klopp hopes Sunday's result proves to be a mere blip as they look to go level with Manchester United on 20 top-flight crowns.

Jack Grealish scores Villa's sixth - the captain had a hand in five of his side's seven goals

"For me, we put all our rubbish things in one game," he said. "Fine, we can start again. I cannot change that now.

"I am 53 and have saw everything in football but it doesn't mean I have a solution for everything. Villa did really well but we did so bad.

"We can defend so much better than tonight. We lost it in the wrong moments. It is difficult and that means we cannot score."

Klopp can now use the international break to prepare for Liverpool's next game - a trip to face local rivals and early Premier League leaders Everton on October 17.

Liverpool must now prepare to face an Everton side who have a 100% record so far this season

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Big improvements will be needed against Carlo Ancelotti's side, who have won all four of their games so far having been boosted by summer signings such as James Rodriguez and Allan.

"I would love a training session tomorrow," said the manager.

"I hope they all come back healthy [from the international break] and use the two days between return and derby. EFC in a good moment and a proper team."