A shaky Liverpool beat bottom-side Watford 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday as they’re now unbeaten within the Premier League in 34 video games.
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However this was removed from comfy for Jurgen Klopp‘s facet. Watford wasted a number of wonderful possibilities as new supervisor Nigel Pearson had an instantaneous affect however Mohamed Salah scored in every half to seal the win. It was additionally Liverpool’s first dwelling clear sheet of the season as they’ve three-straight shutouts in all competitions.
With the win Liverpool transfer 11 factors clear, momentarily, on the prime of the desk on 49 factors, whereas Watford stay backside on 9 factors.
3 issues we realized
1. Sluggish Liverpool grind it out: It wasn’t fairly, particularly within the first half, however Liverpool acquired the job finished. That has been the story of their unimaginable season to this point. Klopp’s facet have now gained 16 of their 17 video games this season and are unbeaten however Klopp’s facet lacked power within the attacking third and perhaps that’s to be anticipated after their draining win in Salzburg on Tuesday. This was one other case of grinding it out and like all title-winning groups, Liverpool have the knack of doing simply sufficient to recover from the road. In previous seasons they’ve performed so significantly better however dropped factors in video games like this.
2. Watford squander wonderful possibilities: New supervisor Nigel Pearson might be crammed with optimism by the way in which his workforce performed, particularly within the first half. He will even be involved with the insecurity the Premier League’s lowest goalscorers have in entrance of aim. Doucoure and Sarr have been responsible of lacking huge possibilities and for throughout their energetic play in midfield and glorious deliveries from out large, Watford didn’t benefit from it. The Hornets know will probably be a tricky battle to remain up this season but when they’ll maintain creating as many possibilities as they did in opposition to Liverpool they’ll give themselves a combating probability.
3. Accidents start to hit onerous: Wijnaldum joined Liverpool’s rising damage record, as he joins Lovren, Matip and Fabinho on the sidelines, whereas the likes of Alisson and Salah have solely not too long ago returned to full health. The long-hard grind of competing in a number of competitions has sucked the life out of Liverpool, as they now face Aston Villa within the League Cup quarterfinal on Tuesday with one workforce and one other squad of gamers fly out to Qatar for the Membership World Cup semifinal on Wednesday. Liverpool face Leicester, Wolves, Sheffield United, Tottenham, Man United and Wolves of their subsequent six PL video games. They might want to maintain gamers match to get via that robust stretch of video games unscathed.
Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah – Had the additional little bit of high quality to win the sport and all the time seemed harmful on the final shoulder of the Watford protection. The Egyptian king is again totally match and virtually again to his greatest.
The primary huge probability of the sport arrived for Watford as Ismaila Sarr‘s cross from the correct was simply missed by Troy Deeney who got here flying in on the close to publish.
Liverpool finally acquired going as Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in loads of harmful balls from the correct and Mane then sparked an assault however Jordan Henderson fired over.
Will Hughes then dragged a shot large for Watford because the Hornets held their very own within the first half as Virgil Van Dijk cleared after Abdoulaye Doucoure bumped into the field and despatched in a cross. Doucoure then completely missed the ball from a very good place as Watford have been extra harmful than the hosts.
However Liverpool then scored with their first, and solely, shot on aim within the first half as they hit Watford on the counter. Firmino and Mane arrange Salah and the Egyptian winger curled dwelling an excellent shot into the far nook.
Proper on half time Watford ought to have levelled as a cross into the field discovered Sarr however he fluffed his strains badly on the Kop finish as his new supervisor Nigel Pearson was left shaking his head in disbelief.
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At first of the second half it appeared like Liverpool had doubled their lead as Xherdan Shaqiri whipped in an excellent cross which Mane headed dwelling, however VAR checked the aim and Mane’s hip was offside.
Watford had a wonderful probability on the break to equalize as Gerard Deulofeu was performed in however Allison got here out and stood tall to maintain Liverpool forward.
Liverpool had varied half possibilities throughout the remainder of the sport as Salah and Firmino tried to place the sport to mattress however Georginio Wijnaldum needed to come off injured and the move of the sport was impacted.
After a defensive mix-up Watford’s Deulofeu whipped in a nook which hit the publish as Liverpool seemed nervous late on, however Salah then flicked dwelling fantastically to make it 2-0 and seal one more win for the Reds.