Hands up if you saw that result coming then? Not even the most optimistic of Aston Villa fans could ever have imagined that by the end of Sunday night, they would have beaten Premier League champions Liverpool 7-2.
Let alone it being the early contender for win of the season, but it’s right up there with one of the biggest shocks of the modern top-flight era. Dean Smith’s side comprehensively out-played the title holders at Villa Park, and it’s not unfair to say that the score-line could actually have been even more embarrassing for the visitors – they had 18 total shots and even missed three big chances.
And whilst summer signing Ollie Watkins went home with the match-ball after his perfect hat-trick, it was Villa talisman Jack Grealish who rather fittingly stole the show on one of his boyhood club’s greatest ever games.
The 25-year-old chipped in with two goals himself, but it was his overall creativity and movement that ran circles around Jurgen Klopp’s dazed defenders.
As per Sofascore, he finished with a perfect match rating of ten, with even hat-trick hero Watkins ‘only’ managing a 9.1. And when you look at the underlying numbers behind his performance, it’s easy to see why.
Grealish registered an incredible five key passes on the night, which was the same as both Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson combined, who were the duo with the most for Liverpool.
As well as splitting the Reds defence wide-open time and time again, the England international also pressed from the front, making a team-high three tackles, and winning an impressive five of his six total duels.
Amid all the speculation linking him with a move away over these past few seasons, Grealish must surely be grinning from ear to ear at seeing his side currently sit in second in the Premier League table.
Watkins may be the man in the headlines, but it was Grealish who stole the show.