Salah (4′, 43′, 77′, 85′), Firmino (49′)
After the disappointment of the 2-1 defeat to United last weekend, Liverpool were back with a vengeance as a struggling Watford side travelled to Merseyside to take on the Reds in what ended up being a rout. The Reds scored early and from there, the writing was on the wall for the Hornets as they fell to the sword in a game that finished 5-0 to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with the Winners and (supposedly) Losers from the 5-0 win.
WINNER: Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian genuinely leaves me in awe. A rare poor game from him last week, and four goals from him this. He’s an absolute machine. The last player since Luis Suarez to score four goals in a league game for Liverpool, with only Ian Rush managing to get more in a single league game for the club. (5, against Luton in 1983).
Not only did Salah get four of our five goals, he also assisted Firmino for the Brazilian’s goal too, meaning that he’s not only top goal scorer (28), ahead of Harry Kane (24) and Sergio Aguero (21). He’s also joint third in the assist table this season too (9), with only Leroy Sane (11) and Kevin De Bruyne (14) ahead of him.
Everything Mo touches turns to gold and he really is one of, if not the most electrifying player that I have seen play for Liverpool in my lifetime.
WINNER: Bobby Firmino
Roberto Firmino is more accurate when he’s not looking at the net, I swear.
Yet another flamboyant finish from the Brazilian saw him add to his already impressive goal tally for this season. He’s level with Romelu Lukaku and Jamie Vardy on 14 Premier League goals this season and he brought his total to 23, a better return than he’s managed in any of his other season’s at Liverpool.
He’s also in a different league (alongside Salah) in creating space for his teammates in-game. His relentless press and unrelenting ability to run and run is second to none in the league.
WINNER: Sadio Mane
The narrative regarding Sadio Mane this season has been that he hasn’t been able to regain the kind of form that he had last season with the Reds but I think that the Senegalese winger has simply been overshadowed by the supreme brilliance of his Egyptian teammate.
Mane notched two assists against the Hornets and was all over the pitch, actually making the simple passes that have eluded him in recent weeks. A well-welcomed good performance from Mane here.
WINNER: Andy Robertson
Blimey, that cross for Mo Salah’s second goal was absolutely sublime from Andy Robertson. Remembering that we paid just £8m for him from Hull (even though we sent Kevin Stewart in the other direction for the same price, which absolutely amazing business.)
The little Scottish dynamo is quickly becoming a fan-favourite in the Liverpool fan-base and is doing all the right things in terms of solidifying his place in the first team ahead of Alberto Moreno.
The 24-year-old can go from strength-to-strength at Anfield, impressive performance after impressive performance will lead to Robbo being one of the Kop’s favourites for years to come.
WINNER: Danny Ings
Oh gosh Danny was so close to getting his first goal back for Liverpool, just to be denied by Orestis Karnezis before Salah pumped the ball into the net.
Ings was impressive in his performance in general, even if he wasn’t on the pitch for long. He’s definitely looking sharper and sharper every time he gets some game time.
LOSER: Emre Can
Is he fucking off to Juve? Who knows? Who cares? Injured in the 27th minute and subbed off for James Milner in the process, there’s not really much more to say about him other than he’s still giving us hope that he’s staying? I’m not arsed anymore.
LOSER(S): Watford, as a team, like the whole operation.
Sacking Marco Silva, bringing in Javier Garcia, falling to big losses to Arsenal and Liverpool two weeks straight and slipping down the Premier League table.
If you could visualise what a football club on the brink of crisis looks like, it’s Watford. Richarlison doesn’t look half as good as he was in the opening few months of the season and the Hornets have struggled in all aspects recently. 5 wins in the last 20 league games is simply not good enough and their erratic form as of late will just add to the issues.
Hopefully they can sort themselves out.
Anyway, Liverpool play Crystal Palace next weekend before Manchester City in the Champions League.