John Aldridge's scathing assessment of Aston Villa, challenges Liverpool to repeat performance at home

Aldridge was impressed with what he saw from his old side on Sunday, but not so much with their opponents.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has written in the Liverpool Echo that he cannot remember many sides in the Premier League being as bad as Aston Villa were against the Reds on Sunday, as the Merseyside outfit put them to the sword in a 6-0 win at Villa Park.

Six different players made it onto the scoresheet as Liverpool recorded their biggest win of the season against the Premier League's bottom club.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "Villa were atrocious on Sunday. I can't recall seeing too many sides as bad as them in the Premier League over the years.

"But not many teams have been thrashing them of late, so give Liverpool some credit for a really professional performance. They were on it from the first whistle and they did the job in excellent fashion.

"It's been a while since we gave someone a good hiding in the league so it was nice to see. And it certainly can't do anyone any harm, confidence-wise, with some big games to come in the next fortnight. The next step is treating the home fans to that kind of performance. They deserve it."

There is little doubting how bad Villa were at the weekend as they showed very little fight, especially in the second half as Liverpool ran riot, and were true to their poor position in the league - rooted to the bottom.

But Liverpool were professional. After strolling to a two-goal lead at half time, it could have been easy to be complacent but they learned from the week before against Sunderland when they threw away a two-goal lead.

This time Jurgen Klopp's side ran riot and inflicted some serious damage on their opponents, and got themselves into positive goal difference in the process.

Aldridge is right that Liverpool need to produce these kinds of performance on their own patch, but it falls into the continuing theme that the Reds have lacked consistency throughout the season.

Liverpool will be hoping it can give them some momentum, however, going into a crucial set of fixtures in Europe - and in the League Cup final. 

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