Jurgen Klopp named largely the same starting XI for the match at Vicarage Road today. Both Joe Gomez and Naby Keita picked up minor knocks in training, so as precaution they were replaced by Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Gerard Deulofeu worked himself into a little pocket of space in Liverpool’s box, but dragged his shot well wide.
Deulofeu took Trent on at the top corner of Liverpool’s box, did well to cut inside a curl an effort at Alisson’s far post that just skimmed the top of the net. Watford and Deulefeu were beginning to grow in confidence.
An uncharacteristic giveaway from Salah in his own third saw Watford break with numbers, and Deulofeu found Doucoure at the top of the box but his effort was blocked by Van Dijk out for a corner.
Liverpool broke from the ensuing corner, and Manè did well to pick out Oxlade Chamberlain but he was quickly swarmed by Warford’s backline. Encouraging signs from the Reds.
Poor, windy conditions were making it hard on both teams to keep the ball.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain controlled a clearance from the corner at the top of the box, chipped a ball to the back post where he found Mo Salah who fired his effort into the side netting. Should’ve done better. 0-0 after 20’.
Lovren did really well to clear a cross before Doucoure sliced one for Alisson to gather. Lovren did well again to clear another cross before Duelofeu was flagged offside.
Deulofeu got into a tangle with Virgil Van Dijk, and the Spaniard went down with what appeared to be a knee injury. He stayed down. Unfortunate for the Watford winger, as he was the catalyst behind Watford’s impressive first half. Major blow for the home side.
Nigel Pearson was forced to make his first substitution of the match following the injury, replacing Deulofeu with Roberto Pereyra in the 36’.
Liverpool were left asking questions as to how no card was given after Troy Deeney went in a bit late on Trent Alexander Arnold, leaving the Scouse fullback with a bit of a knock in his ankle, but he carried on.
Then Will Hughes went in late with a challenge on Gini Wijnaldum, and much to Liverpool’s confusion once more, wasn’t booked.
Referee added 5 minutes of time to the end of the first half.
Alisson was forced to make a couple of saves right on halftime following an error of his own, but the Brazilian did well to keep the scoreline deadlocked.
The halftime whistle blew with the scoreline still 0-0. A first half of football to forget, certainly.
Both teams came out for the second half unchanged.
Alisson made a good save to tip over Sarr’s shot as he ran clear of the Reds back line.
A bit better from Liverpool. A lovely pass from VVD picked out Robertson and his shot was beaten away by Foster.
Liverpool switched off on a throw in, Doucoure got into the box where he found Sarr, and the Senegalese international put the home side in front with a clinical finish. 1-0 Watford after 54’.
Sarr was played clean through without a Red jersey insight, and clinically chipped Alisson to double the lead for the home side. 2-0 Watford after 60’.
Jurgen Klopp made his first substitution of the evening in the 61’, bringing on Adam Lallana for Gini Wijnaldum.
Klopp, looking to his bench for answers, made his second sub in the 65’, bringing on Divock Origi for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
Adam Lallana tried his luck from 25 yards, and hit a beautiful strike but saw his effort hit the post.
An absolute howler of a back pass from Trent Alexander Arnold was intercepted by Sarr who played in Troy Deeney to all but seal the three points for Watford. 3-0 Watford after 72’.
Liverpool’s back four hasn’t had this poor of a performance since away to Tottenham two years ago.
Klopp made his third and final sub in the 79’, bringing on Takumi Minamino for Roberto Firmino.
Sarr was played clean through on goal after Lovren left him onside, but he failed to convert the chance for his hat trick. Still 3-0 after 82’.
The referee added 3 minutes of stoppage time, and they were played out. The final whistle blew and Watford beat Liverpool 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run ends at 44 games in embarrassing fashion at Vicarage Road. They also miss out on setting a new English top-flight record for most successive league wins. An out of character performance for every player in a Liverpool shirt tonight.
Next up: FA Cup tie Tuesday @ Chelsea