Jurgen Klopp admitted nobody was to blame but his Liverpool team after they "lost the plot" during their 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa on Sunday.
The reigning champions suffered the shock hammering as Villa striker Ollie Watkins helped fire the hosts into a 4-1 lead at the break.
Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian made a glaring error for the first goal, while defender Joe Gomez was hauled off after a poor display at the back.
Three of Villa's goals came from big deflections too, but Klopp was adamant the result was down to his players doing "all the things you should not do".
Asked why Liverpool were beaten so convincingly, Klopp told Sky Sports: "I can't explain, I'm not sure, but I can tell you what I saw.
"For different reasons Aston Villa forced all the mistakes we made, we played in their cards.
"Obviously with the first goal, with the second as well, the third massively, the free-kick and all these kind of things, then the game has a specific direction.
"The first goal obviously had an impact but not more than it should, Adrian made a mistake, easy goal for them but we conceded goals like this in the past. We lost obviously the plot.
"Creating in the last third was really good. As Villa won the ball each one was a counter attack so our protection was under average.
"You could see already first half, body language dropped and all these kinds of things. You're 4-1 down, but how the game was we didn't think we should stop playing."
By that stage Watkins' treble had given Liverpool a hard task if they were to leave Villa Park with anything to show for their efforts, as Mo Salah's goal had also been immediately cancelled out by John McGinn's effort.
Ross Barkley then made it 5-1, before Salah pulled back another goal, but two strikes from Jack Grealish completed the rout.
Klopp continued: "We thought if we do the same stuff but slightly better. But we had to protect it better. We tried the system slightly, made it a bit clearer for the boys but all good moments leaded to nothing apart from the two goals for Mo.
"All their big moments led to a big chance or goal and that makes the difference. They were flying and we were open.
"All the things you should not do in a football match we did tonight. But credit to Aston Villa.
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"Yes we conceded deflected goals, one or two unlucky but not a properly blocked ball so our fault as well, but nobody to blame apart from us."
Quizzed why he thought his side had "lost the plot", the Reds' boss responded: "Absolutely unexpected but it happened. For me we put all of our rubbish things, mistakes, in one game.
"Last week Mr [Roy] Keane said it was sloppy. It was not sloppy tonight it was just bad.
"I have to admit that but I cannot change it now.
"I would love to have a training session tomorrow and speak about but the boys go out with the national team."
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