Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa on 14 February was a "good result for the soul". The loss leaves Villa bottom of the Premier League with 12 games to go, while Liverpool moved up to ninth place.

Klopp said: "With the results and the number of games to go, the situation is that we have to take points, that's how it is. We saw them playing the last few games, and the played really good, they played real football. We played well, we defended them well and scored the goals in the right moment.

"We came out and did again well, scored more goals and won 6-0. It is not too often in a manager's life, so you should keep it for bad times. It was a good game for us, good result for the soul and for the table too for our goal difference. Everything is good."

Returning striker Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring at Villa Park with a header in the 16th minute. After that, goals from James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure gave Liverpool the much-needed three points, after they drew 2-2 with Sunderland on 6 February.

Villa are now seven points adrift at the bottom of the table, with the club looking more and more likely to be relegated next season. Next up for the Villains is an away trip to Stoke on 27 February. Liverpool, meanwhile, take on Augsburg away in the Europa League on 18 February.