Paul Merson admits he had flickering hopes of Aston Villa survival before Liverpool romp

The club had been looking on better footing before being hit for six by Liverpool.

Aston Villa's slim survival hopes in the Premier League appeared to evaporate in their last league outing as they were thrashed by Liverpool at Villa Park.

The Reds smashed home six goals in a confident 6-0 romp as Villa toiled to defeat yet again.

This was perhaps the most abject of performances from Villa so far this season and after the game nobody seemed to think that the club had any chance to survive.

Paul Merson was one such pundit. The former Villa player was one of many to say they might struggle in the Championship next season based on the evidence of this performance.

However, speaking to Sky Sports News today (26/02/2016) he mentioned how prior to that match he had a flicker of hope for Villa's survival hopes:

"I thought they weren't two million miles (off). When they beat Norwich I thought 'here we go, you never know' and then they had a good performance at West Brom which I thought they should have won the game.

"But the Liverpool one is going to affect people for a long time and it was the way they lost, I just didn't like it. It was horrible."

Villa had looked to have improved slightly under Garde since the turn of the year and the win against Norwich City did install some belief in the Villa faithful again.

But the defeat against Liverpool has extinguished any hope and defeat v Stoke City at the weekend would be the final nail in the coffin.

The only hope now is that Aston Villa can get things together ahead of the Championship next season.

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