Watford defended deep in the opening half an hour and were only eventually given impetus by a few slack passes from Liverpool, who had otherwise looked comfortable. Mane takes on Femenia down the right but quickly finds his options limited. Watford will have to remain disciplined for large parts of this game. Deeney grabs the goal that surely secures a Watford win! Liverpool are starting to liven up. @James_Carroll84. It’s massive when the big boy is jumping that high and finishing off like that. It's a cracking atmosphere here in Watford. Trent Alexander-Arnold has become just the fourth Liverpool player to register at least three assists in the same Premier League match after Stan Collymore, Vladimir Smicer and Alberto Aquilani. Mohamed Salah continued his superb season by scoring four times as Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk score twice in win, Ten positives in latest round of PL testing, Keane: Ole needs top-four finish to keep job. #LIVWAT pic.twitter.com/UGbY50PdRf. Robertson gets away from Femenia who gives the Scot way too much space. It helps a lot having the second or third threat around him because he is very often not marked but stopped, or whatever you can say. Oxlade-Chamberlain's game is done. Deeney does well to head it away. Divock Origi has had a direct hand in 11 goals in his last 18 Premier League starts for Liverpool (seven goals, four assists). Predict 6 correct scores for your chance to win £250K. Watford have now suffered defeat in each of their nine Premier League games against sides starting the day top of the league, conceding 26 goals, the worst such 100 per cent loss ratio in the competition. You don’t train when you play Sunday and Wednesday obviously. Liverpool (W25 D10) are now unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League in their last 35 matches, the first side in the competition to reach this number of matches without defeat since Man City back in December 2012 (37 games). Simply predict six correct scores to win Jeff's £1 million. The second one? The Reds have averaged 2.20 goals per game since Klopp took over - their highest goals per game ratio at Anfield in the competition under any manager. Not ideal for Watford. Liverpool are struggling to break Watford down at the moment. Liverpool consolidated their position at the top of the Premier League table with an emphatic 5-0 win over Watford at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Subs: Henderson (5), Lallana (5), Keita (5) They sit 17th now, while Bournemouth drop into the relegation zone in their place. Alexander-Arnold is a little too clever in his delivery as he tries to catch Foster off his guard, firing it wide of the left-hand post. In that position you need someone who is able to play in the small space, who can give you as well offers in behind, who adapts to the defensive situation, who is football-smart, all that stuff. Liverpool looked rampant against a flimsy defence, with Salah hitting the inside of the post and Fabinho firing a powerful effort over from 25 yards out. But we could show him at least where we want him to go, where we need him to run and yes, he did it better than we expected of course because who can expect two goals from a player? Divock Origi, starting only his second league game of the season, added the third in the 66th minute with a low strike. 3-0 WATFORD! How he did it then when he came off with Adam in this advanced position, that is something that can work as well, with Daniel it can work as well of course, but for tonight we thought that was the solution. The crosses were the most obvious thing because they were really brilliant, but positioning in the box and heading, all the other things, the runs, the direction, the desire, the composure… what can I say? Robertson bustles his way into the box from the left. It is just a normal thing if you are top of the table it is pretty likely the contenders all win. All rights reserved. Watford win a corner off Robertson. Prodigy. It was exactly the game we wanted. Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool returned to their fluent best with an impressive 5-0 victory over Watford. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has overseen six Premier League victories over Watford, against no other side in the competition has he managed more wins. Subs: Milner (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Ings (6) Sadio Mane's brace for Liverpool were his 13th and 14th Premier League goals of the season, the most he has ever netted within a single campaign in the competition. Inside Anfield: Liverpool 5-0 Watford | TUNNEL CAM - YouTube Masina gets forward down the left and fires a cross into the box for Sarr. You wonder what impact losing Deulofeu will have on the hosts' goal threat through. Kabasele comes across to prevent him from completing a cross. He didn’t manage to add to that tally this evening, but Salah was in electrifying form as he operated on the right of the Reds’ three-man attack. That's all for now. Liverpool eventually clear. Sarr grabs his second! Chalobah replaces him for the final minutes. And now coming in these moments, being there, was really, really nice to see and of course the crowd enjoys it. Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Mohamed Salah scores four as Reds go third, Ten positives in latest round of PL testing, Keane: Ole needs top-four finish to keep job. Liverpool don't deal with a simple throw-in, letting it bounce in the box. Both full-backs flying down the wings, all in midfield flexible, good passes, very aggressive, really involved in all the things, coming in the half-spaces. Van Dijk finds him with a beautifully weighted pass and Foster makes the stop! Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk score twice in win, Ten positives in latest round of PL testing, Keane: Ole needs top-four finish to keep job. Mane scored in a fifth Premier League home game in a row, having previously netted against Arsenal, Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Bournemouth. Watford: Karnezis (4), Holebas (4), Prodl (4), Britos (3), Mariappa (4), Doucoure (4), Capoue (4), Pereyra (5), Femenia (4), Richarlison (4), Deeney (4) The Kop responded to the No.66’s performance by debuting a new chant in his honour. Hughes has a half-chance blocked from the centre of the box. But the performance, I am not surprised. Media Watch: The latest LFC summer transfer rumours, A post shared by Liverpool Football Club (@liverpoolfc). Tonight’s shut-out was Liverpool’s fourth clean sheet in a row. Salah has scored 28 Premier League goals this season, only one African player has netted more in a single campaign (Didier Drogba 29 in 2009-10). That was a great assist by Doucoure. It might have a far bigger impact on Watford - they're out of the bottom three on goal difference. Watford aren't letting up here. Substitute Andre Gray almost pulled a goal back for Watford as he saw an effort pushed away by Alisson, before the goalkeeper diverted a volley from Gray over the bar from point-blank range. Liverpool make their final change. Liverpool's victory means the Reds now have 69 points with just 10 matches remaining in the Premier League; each of the previous seven sides to amass such a tally after 28 matches have gone on to win the title. It's not a foul but Deulofeu's leg buckles as he falls, leaving him in some difficulty. Premier League. I don’t think you need an answer from me, we only think about what we can do. The visitors need to wake up quickly if they don't want to find themselves behind. Alexander-Arnold is caught late by a robust challenge from Deeney but play continues. Fabinho tries to thread a ball through for Alexander-Arnold. Subs: Henderson (5), Lallana (5), Keita (5) Reproduced under licence from Football DataCo Limited. Kabasele clears Firmino's ball and finds Sarr up the other end. It is always about showing reactions, but not reactions on the things being talked about. All the rest in the game was exceptional. Man of the match: Sadio Mane. Robertson sends in a great cross from the left and Kabasele stretches to clear it. That's two goals and an assist for Sarr. Übersicht Liverpool FC - Watford FC 5:0 (Premier League 2018/2019, 28. The Premier League leaders raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Mane's double in the opening 20 minutes, the second a brilliant backheel from the penalty spot. Lallana's shot is blocked after he receives the ball from Robertson. Sadio Mane struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes to set the Reds on their way before Divock Origi bagged a third in the second period. Media Watch: The latest LFC summer transfer rumours, 'Very nice' - Van Dijk on late double against Watford, Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Five talking points. Tomorrow is another day and we have to deal with all the things, but today, for today, it was really a fantastic football game. That’s what we expect, that he plays like this, that he offers these things. This is easily his best game to date in a Watford shirt. In a game without scoring, I think this kind of performance is exceptional. The Premier League leaders raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Mane's double in the opening 20 minutes, the second a brilliant backheel from the penalty spot. Divock Origi, starting only his second league game of the season, added the third in the 66th minute with a low strike. That’s the only advantage you have when you fight for staying in the league because the other teams lose a bit more often than in our fight. Foster clumps it forward and Alexander-Arnold hands Watford a throw while challenging Deeney for the header. 3 - Trent Alexander-Arnold is the youngest ever player to assist three goals in a single Premier League game (20 years, 143 days). Watford's success today will depend on their ability to keep players like Salah and Mane quiet. Van Dijk decides to try his luck from distance but today isn't his lucky day. Hughes is the next Watford man to get a free-kick as he's barged over by Lovren down the left. Watford have decided they absolutely will not be breached. Watford are at home against Bournemouth on Saturday, March 31. So, let’s try to do it again and again. Oxlade-Chamberlain thinks he's won a throw off Masina, but the linesman disagrees. Watford are winless in their last nine Premier League away games (D1 L8), scoring just twice in that run and failing to find the net in each of the last five. Alexander-Arnold crossed into Mane, whose first touch took him away from goal, but with his second he finished with a superb backheel that bounced over Ben Foster. vs Watford. On whether he was surprised at how well Mane played in the position…. Shortly after, Robertson attempts a ball from deep and Kabasele slashes it out for a Liverpool corner. Liverpool made two changes from their draw at Manchester United as Alexander-Arnold and Origi replaced Henderson and Firmino. Alexander-Arnold lifts the free-kick into the box. He was pretty much unplayable tonight. Ah, the Rashford incident.’ Trent was injured, played a game and then it was clear we have to make a decision, can he play three games in a week? Watford stuck with the same XI that won 5-1 at Cardiff. Masina tries to send Deulofeu through with a ball over the top but there's too much power on it for the Spaniard to catch. The midfielder dinks it over the top for Salah, who hits the side netting with a shot from a tight angle. The two sides are out on the Vicarage Road pitch now. But let’s start like this, in a game you win 5-0 and everyone has performed on a really, really high level and still you have to say both centre-halves played defensively an outstanding game and the goalkeeper had to make two outstanding saves, then you see the quality of the opponent. Watford have become the first side in Premier League history to concede at least five goals in three successive away matches against a single opponent in the competition (1-6 in November 2016, 0-5 in March 2018, 0-5 tonight). It was clear he would help us in all the build-up situations because he is this kind of footballer, but we needed him in the box as well. Liverpool added a third in the 66th minute when Origi cut in from the left and hit a low shot that beat Foster at the near post. Goodbye! In a new position, the whole game how he played, come on, in that position it was just exceptional. Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool returned to their fluent best with an impressive 5-0 victory over Watford. Liverpool's unbeaten league run will end in precisely four minutes. Predict 6 correct scores for your chance to win £250K. Divock, defending for him, obviously he is not a natural on the wing, but he did it. Divock Origi has had a direct hand in 11 goals in his last 18 Premier League starts for Liverpool (seven goals, four assists). Sarr tries again but this time Deeney's offside. He's got two teammates to his right and tries to find them but Wijnaldum gets in the way. Read on for a transcript of the boss’ post-match press conference…, On whether he was delighted with his team’s work…. Alexander-Arnold crossed into Mane, whose first touch took him away from goal, but with his second he finished with a superb backheel that bounced over Ben Foster. 2-0 WATFORD! Alexander-Arnold wins Liverpool's first corner of the game off Deulofeu. It is not I go in the dressing room and someone tells me the [Man City] result and I have a heart attack. Liverpool are next in action on Saturday, March 31 when they travel to Crystal Palace in the Premier League, live on Sky Sports. Salah has a pop from the outside of the box. The Reds have now bolstered their goal different to +49 and have still only conceded 15 goals in 28 league matches so far. The Liverpool midfielder gives the official a piece of his mind. Origi is on for him. They're stuck mostly in their own half at the moment as Liverpool get a feel for the ball. © Copyright 2020 The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds Limited. It was a very good situation when Mo came from the right side, Foster touched it onto the post end then Sadio was really close to scoring a third one. Hughes tries a throughball for Deeney. Premier League. They then host Burnley on Sunday, March 10. Watford offered little in response as their poor away form under Javi Gracia continued. Ultimately, he ends up doing neither. Lovren had his hands full and didn't see the Frenchman bursting in behind him. Liverpool's title bid has been dented in recent weeks with three draws in their last four league matches, but this was the perfect response against obliging opponents - as well as the ideal way to warm up for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Watford did threaten late in the first half but Troy Deeney turned wide from close range after being picked out by Gerard Deulofeu's low cross. Watford eventually get it clear. In three appearances against the Hornets prior to tonight, he’d scored six goals. Kabasele deals with it. Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Five talking points. Alexander-Arnold plays it short to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who makes a mess of it. Pereyra comes on for the stricken Deulofeu. Liverpool make an attacking substitution. Joshua to bring in Joyce as sparring partner, Ref Watch: Referees 'victims' in handball controversies, Lampard defends Kepa from 'unfair' criticism, Mane celebrates after putting Liverpool ahead, Mane scores with a backheel to make it 2-0, Van Dijk celebrates scoring Liverpool's fourth goal with Georginio Wijnaldum, We would like your feedback, please fill in our survey. Liverpool's title bid has been dented in recent weeks with three draws in their last four league matches, but this was the perfect response against obliging opponents - as well as the ideal way to warm up for the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday, live on Sky Sports. Liverpool's hopes of an unbeaten league season come to an end then. Roberto Firmino (3 assists) and Mo Salah (4 assists) have combined for seven goals in the Premier League this season - the joint-most by any duo, level with Sadio Mane (6 assists) and Mo Salah (1 assist). GOAL! Sadio Mane struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes to set the Reds on their way before Divock Origi bagged a third in the second period. It came from nothing but Liverpool's defence switched off, and now the world champions are two goals down! Sadio Mane struck twice inside the opening 20 minutes to set the Reds on their way before Divock Origi bagged a third in the second period. For them, this result is surely merely a bump on the road to glory. Watford pin Liverpool into their defensive third for a while. Playing in a more central position than he normally does, Mane made a good run for the first goal between Watford's centre-backs, and then produced a brilliant backheeled finish to extend Liverpool's lead. Man of the match: Sadio Mane. On Trent Alexander-Arnold’s performance, which featured three assists, after he was an unused substitute at Old Trafford…. However, with Liverpool conceding more goals in their 3-2 victory over West Ham last time out than they had done in their 11 previous league games combined, the Hornets may just have the faintest chance. Liverpool are having an off day. Sarr draws Alisson out of his goal and passes back to Deeney, who floats it into the net from the left of the box! SUBS: Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino, Adrian, Ki-Jana Hoever, Joel Matip, Divock Origi, Adam Lallana. Sadio played different positions in his life and for us as well, so I was in no doubt that he would play there. Hughes commits a clumsy challenge on Wijnaldum, handing Liverpool a free-kick. Liverpool 5-0 Watford image/svg+xml Mohamed Salah continued his superb season by scoring four times as Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool's key men have done far too little in the last hour and a half. A late headed brace from Virgil van Dijk then rounded off an outstanding display from Klopp’s side. Alexander-Arnold fires in a cross but Kabasele sticks a leg out to stop Origi tapping it in. It was the first idea, the first thought, and we didn’t change it. In snowy conditions, the Reds enjoyed the perfect start as Salah, who is now four clear in the Premier League golden boot race with 28 goals, sat down Miguel Britos in the box and then fired a low shot past Orestis Karnezis in the fourth minute. Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah tormented Watford's left flank and it was no surprise that the former was involved in Liverpool's second goal in the 20th minute. Most @LFC goals in debut season 36 - @22mosalah (2017-18)33 - Fernando Torres (2007-08)31 - Kenny Dalglish (1977-78)#LFC #Salah pic.twitter.com/uX0NJC6rPp. Origi approaches the box from the left and can't seem to decide whether to cross or to shoot. Liverpool are piling men forward now. The fans appeal for handball, but there's no chance of that - Lovren's got his hands behind his back. I don’t say it was easy to finish with these situations, but the crosses made it easier at least. Watford: Foster (4), Janmaat (4), Mariappa (4), Cathcart (4), Masina (4), Capoue (4), Hughes (4), Doucoure (5), Pereyra (4), Deulofeu (5), Deeney (4) Prodigy. Subs: Hughes (5), Okaka (5), Janmaat (5) Chance for Liverpool! Watford stuck with the same XI that won 5-1 at Cardiff. His effort sails harmlessly over. Cathcart comes across to cut it out and it's a Liverpool corner. All rights reserved. Liverpool ride out Watford's corner. They then host Manchester City in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, April 4. He then sprayed in a free-kick for Van Dijk to nod in goal number four. vs Watford. Watford (D4 L11) have now failed to win any of their 15 Premier League matches played on a Wednesday; the only side in the competition's history to play more games on a particular day without ever winning are West Brom on a Tuesday (27 games). Liverpool made four changes from their defeat at Manchester United as Gomez, Matip, Wijnaldum and Henderson replaced Milner, Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lovren, who missed out with an ankle injury. Van Dijk then headed in twice in the space of three minutes as Liverpool recorded their biggest victory of the season to stay a point clear of Manchester City at the top of the table. Liverpool get a free-kick down their left as Femenia fouls Mane. Liverpool are pushing now but Watford are still getting chances. Welcome to our live text commentary of this Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road, Watford. Reproduced under licence from Football DataCo Limited. Mane fouls Capoue near the halfway line. Watford host the champions-elect here in search of a result which would help haul them out of the relegation zone. We have to play football and win games then we will see what happens. However, after Richarlison headed at Loris Karius, the Reds doubled their lead as Andy Robertson's perfectly-placed cross was finished by Salah from 10 yards out in the 43rd minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold has become just the fourth Liverpool player to register at least three assists in the same Premier League match after Stan Collymore, Vladimir Smicer and Alberto Aquilani. Liverpool 5-0 Watford: Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk score twice in win Report and highlights as Trent Alexander-Arnold grabs three assists to help Reds stay a point ahead of Manchester City The boys were always stable and tonight we were stable and really fluent offensively, so it’s good - a very good example of how football should look. The Hornets are yet to even score on the road since Gracia took over in January, and they were given a masterclass in finishing from Salah as Liverpool bounced back from their defeat at Manchester United in style. Match Statistics supplied by Opta Sports Data Limited. Liverpool make an immediate substitution. Liverpool: Alisson (7), Robertson (8), Matip (7), Van Dijk (9), Alexander-Arnold (9), Fabinho (8), Wijnaldum (7), Milner (7), Salah (7), Mane (9), Origi (7) It's just not happening for Liverpool today. Salah picks up possession and plays the ball off Cathcart for a Liverpool corner. Read about Liverpool v Watford in the Premier League 2017/18 season, including lineups, stats and live blogs, on the official website of the Premier League. Enter your selections for free here. Deeney finds himself in space down the left. Salah struck twice in the first half and then twice again late in the game to secure his first Liverpool hat-trick and take his tally to 36 for the season in all competitions. I’m happy. His 80 touches on the night often caused panic for the visiting defence – and while he’ll have to wait a little longer for his half-century, it won’t be too long in coming based on this display. We were not sure and that’s why he didn’t play against United, that was the only reason. Liverpool aren't finding their hosts easy to break down. Masina gets forward down the left and fires a cross into the box for Sarr. Here are five talking points from the contest…. Liverpool's corner leads to nothing. Substitute Andre Gray almost pulled a goal back for Watford as he saw an effort pushed away by Alisson, before the goalkeeper diverted a volley from Gray over the bar from point-blank range. Scoring-wise of course, performance-wise not. Four more wins. Liverpool Watford get a chance as Liverpool continue to push. How Mo played, come on that was unbelievable! The crosses - the first corner was not exactly how we wanted to have it, it was pretty flat and we wanted to have it higher, but all the rest crossing-wise was just outstanding. It was the first and last [solution]. Salah shows a flash of quality as he skips past his man in the box. Keep an ear out for it, we’re sure you’ll be hearing it a lot in the very near future. The Senegalese winger's been rather quiet so far. We still did yesterday something but it was very, very low intensity. Moreover, Mane’s second goal meant he registered his best ever tally of goals in a Premier League term – 14 – surpassing the 13 he struck in his first season with the club back in 2016-17. Britos replaced Janmaat for Watford. Man of the match: Mohamed Salah. And obviously he is fit, if you see how he was chasing back in all the counter-attacks of them and was involved in pretty much each offensive situation… it was a brilliant performance. This was Jurgen Klopp's 50th Premier League home game in charge of Liverpool (W28 D18 L4). Watford did almost end that run in the 40th minute, but Joel Matip produced an excellent challenge to prevent Troy Deeney turning in a low cross from Gerard Deulofeu. Liverpool made two changes from their draw at Manchester United as Alexander-Arnold and Origi replaced Henderson and Firmino. Having won their last 18 Premier League games, another victory here for Jurgen Klopp's men would set a new English top-flight record for consecutive victories. Watford are playing at their clinical best. Salah clears it and Watford have little option but to go back. A colleague of yours asked me if it is because of his performance in his last game against Manchester United [last season] and I really had to think: ‘What was that? He's now four clear at the top of the Premier League scoring charts with 28 goals and although the season is nearing the end, isn't showing any signs of slowing down. They know the win is Watford's. Liverpool (W25 D10) are now unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League in their last 35 matches, the first side in the competition to reach this number of matches without defeat since Man City back in December 2012 (37 games).