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Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley made a surprise move from Chelsea to Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal, and the 26-year-old was part of the Aston Villa side that inflicted a 7-2 victory on Liverpool at the Villa Park on Sunday evening.
Liverpool have had a perfect start to the season, and are strong favourites to win the league yet again.
However, Barkley had a stunning debut and could have easily gotten a hat-trick in the game. The Chelsea loanee got a good goal with some assists, and Blues fans have been hailing him for his display.
Meanwhile, Paul Merson had claimed before now that Frank Lampard made a big mistake to let Ross Barkley leave the club.
“Frank Lampard has made a mistake sending Ross Barkley out on loan because he will be a superstar for Aston Villa,” ex-Villa forward Merson wrote in the Daily Star.
“What a signing that is. I can’t quite believe it, if I’m honest. How Barkley doesn’t get in the Chelsea team beats me. He is a huge talent.
“To let him go like this, especially to another Premier League team, is a dangerous game by Frank.
“If Barkley hits the ground running and starts ripping it up for Villa then serious questions will be asked why Lampard let him go.
“Chelsea have already gone out of one of the cups and they have looked hit and miss so far in the league despite spending all that money. They are still not defending well and Frank won’t need any extra pressure on him from Ross Barkley tearing things up at Villa Park.”