Goals and Highlights: Watford 0-5 Liverpool in Premier League 2021

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13:35a month ago

Jurgen Klopp

"It was good! I cannot say it differently. After the international break, it's always tricky coming back from all different countries, playing different systems and bringing them back to our ideas - we had one session and the boys have done incredibly well.

"I think Watford had an idea today but we didn't let it happen. We were so dominant. We could have scored more."

13:32a month ago

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13:30a month ago

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13:25a month ago

Mo Salah

"All the goals were very important today. Roberto scored a hat-trick - congratulations to him, Sadio scored a nice goal... "Have a scored a better goal? Last game maybe! I don't know which one was better, this one or the City one. I'm feeling confident at the moment. I always try to play for the team; that's the most important thing."
13:25a month ago

Thank you

But that's all he wrote here.

Ranieri's era as Watford manager didn't start they way he would have wanted but he's got a lot to do if Watford are to avoid relegation back to the Sky Bet Championship.

Jurgen Klopp however, can enjoy a nice cold drink as he sits down to watch Brentford vs Chelsea this afternoon after an impervious display from his side.

13:23a month ago

Next up

Watford will need to brush off this defeat and move on quickly as they travel to Everton next weekend before welcoming Southampton to Vicarage Road on October 30th.

Liverpool travel to Madrid on Tuesday as they return to Champions League duty against Atletico Madrid before a huge Premier League tie against Manchester United in a week's time.

13:21a month ago

Liverpool remain unbeaten

Liverpool move top of the Premier League with a comfortable win away to Watford as Ranieri's Hornets are humbled.

Firmino leaves with the match-ball but Salah will receive all the plaudits for a mesmerising display at Vicarage Road.

13:19a month ago

Full-time

Williams walks passed a woeful Danny Rose and slides in Firmino at the back-post.

Liverpool have been brilliant. Watford woeful.

13:18a month ago

91'

There's time for just one more Liverpool attack and Firmino gets his hat-trick!
13:17a month ago

90'

The stands are emptying quickly here at Vicarage Road as the fourth official signals one minute of added time.
13:16a month ago

88'

Another chance for Watford as Cucho Hernandez and Sarr get in each other's way as they both look to strike a bouncing ball in the Liverpool box.
13:15a month ago

Stat

Watford have averaged one offside every two games this season. Four in total. Today they've been called offside seven times. 
13:13a month ago

86'

A deep Watford cross just evades Cucho as Watford enjoy a rare spell of pressure.
13:12a month ago

84'

So close from Watford as Sarr strikes the post.

It's a brilliant save from Kelleher as he gets a finger to it but Watford are certainly finishing with a flourish as Sarr and Pedro link up well in the Liverpool box.

13:11a month ago

Milner

Four chances created from James Milner today - more than any player on the pitch.
13:10a month ago

Substitution

The young Welshman, Neco Williams is brought on for Liverpool as Milner earns a rest.
13:08a month ago

81'

Milner crossed into the Watford box and it is met Mane but it's an easy catch for Foster.

Watford counter as Pedro is set through on goal but strays offside as he lifts his effort over the bar.

13:07a month ago

80'

Liverpool have certainly relaxed and taken their foot off the pedal but Watford are starting to attack with a little more freedom.

It's amazing what being 4-0 at home can do...

13:06a month ago

A Watford corner

79'

Watford are finding their way back into the game and have won their first corner!

It does, however, come to nothing as Sarr fires over.

13:04a month ago

77'

Salah goes close again as he skips passed Rose but Foster is quick off his line to quench the danger.
13:01a month ago

73'

Brilliant from Watford as they go close to a goal.

Sissoko runs with purpose through the middle of the Liverpool midfield as no-one can get near him. He sets Cucho through on goal but the striker curls his effort wide.

12:59a month ago

71'

Liverpool torturing the Hornets as the Reds come forth once more.

This time Mane is merciful as he scuffs the ball wide one-on-one with Foster.

12:58a month ago

70'

Tsimikar flashes the ball into the box which Foster fumbles but collects at the second attempt.
12:57a month ago

Watford changes

Sarr moves back to his favoured right wing position with Pedro now playing through the middle.
12:57a month ago

69'

An optimistic change for the Hornets as Dennis is replaced by Pedro.

The Hornets are resigned to defeat but Ranieri is still hoping to finish with a flicker.

12:54a month ago

67'

Big chance for Watford to find a consolation as Cucho and Cathcart go close for Watford but Liverpool's defence gets back quickly as the flag goes up for offside.
12:53a month ago

Salah's magic feet.

 

12:52a month ago

Double substitution

Both Robertson and Alexander-Arnold are replaced to standing ovations by Tsimikas and Oxlade-Chamberlain. Milner moves to right-back for Liverpool.
12:51a month ago

63'

Alexander-Arnold sees a shot deflected for another Liverpool corner. Foster rooted to the spot and well-beaten.
12:49a month ago

61'

Just under 30 minutes until Watford can walk off the pitch and Liverpool are still coming forward, it's like David vs Goliath but David is blindfolded.
12:45a month ago

Magical Salah

Mohamed Salah has scored in eight consecutive games across all competitions for the first time in his career and Liverpool's fourth is worth watching on repeat.
12:44a month ago

57'

There is still a long time to go in this game and it will be damage limitation for the Hornets.
12:44a month ago

Shot on target!

56'

Watford have a shot on target and the home fans give the Hornets a standing ovation as Kucka fires straight at Kelleher.

12:43a month ago

4-0

If the third was fortuitous, the fourth is all skill.

Salah twists the Watford defence inside and out before finishing delightfully passed a passive Ben Foster for Salah's 104th goal.

12:42a month ago

VAR check!

It looked like Salah was offside as the ball was played to him but Cathcart gets a touch that means the goal stands.

Unfortunate for Watford.

12:39a month ago

GOAL!

Firmino again. Watford a mess again. Liverpool score 3 again.
12:37a month ago

49'

Salah opens up the Watford defence again and finds a metre of space to curl the ball towards the top corner but Foster does well to tip it over for Liverpool's eighth corner of the corner.
12:33a month ago

46'

Liverpool start where they left off as Watford are caught out and Alexander-Arnold drags his shot wide.

 

12:32a month ago

Half time substitution

Adam Masina is replaced by Tom Cleverley in the only change at the break. Ranieri has tinkered as expected.

 

12:28a month ago

Things can only get better for Watford

Sissoko with Watford's most completed passes in that half (9). The team as a whole completed 45 passes in that half of football.

One pass a minute...

12:19a month ago

Stats

Liverpool are in full control at the break having manufactured 7 shots, 7 corners and 84% possession to Watford's zero and 16%
12:17a month ago

Half-time

And there it is. Watford and Ranieri relieved to hear the half-time whistle as Liverpool lead 2-0 at the half-way point.
12:16a month ago

Added time

There will be one minute added time to the end of the first half.
12:16a month ago

45'

Watford holding on for half-time as Liverpool win another corner.

Alexander-Arnold swings it in but Cathcart thrashes it away as Matip goes to ground.

12:14a month ago

Liverpool's second

 

12:13a month ago

Crossbar!

42'

Keita tries his luck from 20 yards and his shot is deflected onto the crossbar, much to the relief of Ben Foster, who was stranded.

12:11a month ago

Firmino in form

Liverpool's second was Firmino's fourth goal from five shots this season. Clinical.
12:09a month ago

Watford in disarray

Cathcart and Masina both caught out of position as Liverpool pass the ball around Ben Foster for a comfortable and well deserved second goal.
12:08a month ago

37'

I spoke too soon.

It is 2-0 to Liverpool and Watford are sliced through with ease.

Firmino taps in from 6 yards.

12:07a month ago

36'

Small moment to catch their breath here for Watford as Liverpool regroup.

Worth noting that Ranieri only has one defensive option on the bench (Ngakia) so will have to be creative if his side are to get back into the game...

12:04a month ago

Sky Sports' Peter Smith:

 

"Liverpool starting to put the pressure on again now but that Hernandez opening a few minutes ago was a reminder they need to make their dominance count. At 1-0, Watford are still able to grow into this game and find a way back into it." 

12:03a month ago

32'

It is cleared with ease this time around and Watford try to counter-attack but can't hold onto the ball and Liverpool come forward once more.

It's been constant pressure from the visitors so far but Watford are doing well to stay in the game.

12:01a month ago

31'

Another corner for Liverpool as Watford make a hash of the clearance.
12:01a month ago

30'

Another corner for Liverpool as Keita's shot is blocked.
12:00a month ago

Kelleher watching on

Kelleher has still had nothing to do in the Liverpool goal but starting to get more involved in the game as Watford have their first brief spell of possession.
11:57a month ago

26'

Watford chance!

Sarr releases Cucho beyond the Liverpool defence but he is JUST offside as he bares down on the visitors' goal.

A flicker of hope for the hosts?

11:57a month ago

100 for Mane

 

11:55a month ago

23'

Watford finally have a moment of promise as Watford counter-attack but Sarr strays offside and the chance to threaten the Liverpool goal is gone.
11:51a month ago

19'

Masina lets Salah run through on goal as Femenia plays the Liverpool man onside.

It's then brilliant goalkeeping from Foster who rushes out to clear the danger.

Another let off for the Hornets.

11:49a month ago

The opening goal via BT Sport

 

11:48a month ago

16'

Watford have transitioned from a 4-3-3 in attack to a 5-4-1 without the ball. Needless to say, they have been stuck in the latter for the first 15 minutes of this game.
11:47a month ago

15'

Milner and then Salah go close for Liverpool as the ball is allowed to bounce in the Watford box.

The home crowd trying to support their side with "Come on Watford!" but making little difference at the moment.

Liverpool are enjoying themselves.

11:45a month ago

14'

Watford still camped in their own half and the game is starting to resemble an exhibition game as Liverpool dominate possession - now at 89%

Liverpool playing on another level to the hosts so far.

11:43a month ago

12'

It's nearly 2-0

Salah tries his luck from the edge of the box and looks to have curled it into the top corner but Foster tips it wide for a corner.

11:41a month ago

10'

It's been all Liverpool so far, with 84% of possession.

Watford devoid of ideas and the ball, chasing the game already.

11:40a month ago

Torrid start from Rose

Salah eased passed Danny Rose who hasn't been able to get close to the Egyptian king.

Salah then plays a wonderful through-ball for Mane's 100th goal.

11:39a month ago

GOAL!

And there it is.

It's been coming but it's the most beautiful of goals as Salah slides in Mane, who only needs one touch to finish passed Foster.

1-0 Liverpool

11:36a month ago

5'

Watford struggling to retain possession so far and camped in their own half as everything is coming through Salah on Liverpool's right as they attack the Rookery End of Vicarage Road stadium.
11:35a month ago

3'

Another corner as Salah nips passed Danny Rose and Sissoko slides in to put it behind.

Corner against cleared by Watford who are on the back foot.

11:34a month ago

Corner

Salah already getting the better of Watford's defence as his strike is deflected over for a corner.

Liverpool dominating the early exchanges but the corner comes to nothing as Watford clear their lines.

11:33a month ago

Fast start

Fast start by Liverpool after lazy defending from Watford as Salah strikes the post.

But the flag is up for offside as Mane's flick on was beyond the Watford defence.

Early warning for the Hornets.

11:31a month ago

Taking the knee

Players take the knee is solidarity against racism and discrimination.

Moss blows the whistle and away we go at Vicarage Road.

11:30a month ago

Final preparations

 

11:28a month ago

Here come the teams

Both sides emerge from the tunnel to rapturous applause as Z cars blazes out of the speakers. 

Z cars can mean only one thing: we are moments away from kick-off and the start of Ranieri's era in charge of Watford.

11:27a month ago

Liverpool team news reminder

 

11:24a month ago

Atmosphere

The atmosphere is building at a sell-out Vicarage Road as Watford welcome the unbeaten Liverpool to Hertfordshire.

The music is blazing, the sun is daring to peak through the gloom and the players are gathering in the tunnel. 

Stay tuned with VAVEL.com for all the live updates as it happens in this Premier League tie.

11:21a month ago

10' minute countdown

 

11:20a month ago

Key Man: Ismaila Sarr

If Watford are to get anything out of this game, their talisman will need to be firing today.

11:18a month ago

Referee watch: Jon Moss

Jon Moss was in charge for the same fixture in the 2018/19 season when Liverpool claimed a 3-0 victory.

The two sides will meet for the first time today since the Hornets ended their guests' 18-game top flight win streak with a 3-0 victory on February 29, 2020.

Moss, who is usually a Premier League referee, took charge of one of Watford's Championship matches last season when he officiated the 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Vicarage Road.

 

10:54a month ago

A soggy Vicarage Road greets Liverpool to Watford

 

10:50a month ago

All eyes on Salah today

 

10:46a month ago

45 minutes to go.

 

10:44a month ago

Ranieri

The birthday boy arrives for his first Watford match day.

10:42a month ago

Line-up: Liverpool

Starting 11: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Jota makes the bench for Liverpool in what looks to be a 4-3-3 formation for Jurgen Klopp's side.

10:40a month ago

Line-ups: Watford

Starting 11: Foster; Femenia, Cathcart, Troost-Ekong, Masina, Rose; Sissoko, Kucka; Hernandez, Dennis, Sarr

SUBS: Bachmann, Ngakia, Louza, Cleverley, Pedro, Sema, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan

No Sierralta, Kabasele or Etebo for Watford

10:39a month ago

Good morning!

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's coverage of Watford vs Liverpool from a wet Vicarage Road stadium. 

Line-ups have just been announced and we are under one hour away from kick-off in this Premier League tie.

10:35a month ago

Tune in here for Watford vs Liverpool: Live score

Claudio Ranieri begins his Watford rescue mission today as he welcomes Liverpool to Vicarage Road in the 12:30 BST kick-off.

Ranieri will be looking for both an early birthday present and 'new managerial bounce' from the Hornets as he turns 70 in a few days in what is his 21st managerial role – and 14th of the Pozzo era.

For the visitors, Liverpool can go top with an early win as leaders Chelsea travel to Brentford later.

Do not miss a detail of the match Watford vs Liverpool for Live updates and commentaries from VAVEL.com

10:30a month ago

Key stats

  • Six of the seven Premier League meetings between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road have seen at least one team score three goals, with Watford doing so on three occasions and Liverpool four (includes a 3-3 draw in August 2017).
  • Watford have conceded at least once in each of their last 17 Premier League games, since beating Liverpool 3-0 in February 2020. Only twice have they had a longer run without a clean sheet in the competition - 20 games in 1999-00, and 19 games in 2019.
  • After losing six of seven Premier League games between February and March, Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 17 in the top-flight (W12 D5). The Reds could also become the first ever English top-flight side to score 3+ goals in seven consecutive away games in all competitions.
10:25a month ago

How to watch Watford vs Liverpool: Live stream on TV and online

If you want to watch the game, it is live on BT Sport.

If you want to follow along on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option.

Watford vs Liverpool in our dedicated live match blog and you will receive minute-by-minute updates as they happen from Vicarage Road.

10:20a month ago

Team news: Liverpool

Brazilian duo Fabinho and Alisson won't be available for Liverpool due to international duty.

England Under-21 midfielder Curtis Jones picked up an injury also on international duty. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota should be available following injuries, but midfielder Thiago is a doubt.

10:15a month ago

Team news: Watford

Recent arrival Nicolas Nkoulou won’t be available for selection against Liverpool, with Head Coach Claudio Ranieri suggesting that the Cameroonian is about three weeks away from full fitness.

Francisco Sierralta is progressing well from the hamstring injury he sustained in the second half at Leeds last time out and it is hoped he will return to light training next week.

Otherwise, it's as you were for the Hornets with Joao Pedro fighting for a starting place alongside the likes of Ismaila Sarr, Emanuel Denis and Joshua King.

10:10a month ago

Key quotes: Claudio Ranieri

“We play against one of the best teams in the world. That’s okay! We are ready, I am ready and also my team is ready. It will be a battle, and we will battle.

“I have to prepare everything well. The first questions will be to ask the players how they are, how tired they are and if they have any knocks. After, I will think about the team.

“If we get a clean sheet a pizza is too little. I’ll pay for dinner!”

10:05a month ago

Key quotes: Jurgen Klopp

“[Ranieri] is a great manager obviously, worked all over the world. At his last club he was again really successful, reinvented himself again, which is absolutely great.

“I don’t think he will care too much about who he is playing in the first game, he is just busy with preparing the team and they will go for everything.

“The preparation was now obviously slightly different, we actually watched more situations of Sampdoria games than Watford games to prepare the Watford game because obviously Claudio has a specific way, how he is usually doing.

“But the main message for this game for us is we have to focus on ourselves – not only because we don’t know what the opponent is doing but as well because of that.”

10:00a month ago

Head-to-head

Last Six:
February 2020: Watford 3-0 Liverpool (Premier League)
December 2019: Liverpool 2-0 Watford (Premier League)
February 2019: Liverpool 5-0 Watford (Premier League)
November 2018: Watford 0-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
March 2018: Liverpool 5-0 Watford (Premier League)
August 2017: Watford 3-3 Liverpool (Premier League)
09:55a month ago

Watford: Form

Watford will be looking to repeat their last performance against Liverpool today as the sides play for the first time since February 2020.

Since then, Watford have been relegated and promoted, been through three managers and currently sit 15th with seven points.

After a chastening defeat to Leeds United last time out, Watford start a torrid run of fixtures against the top half  today and will be looking for their first win in a month today.

09:50a month ago

Liverpool: Form

Liverpool have enjoyed a strong start to the 2021-2022 Premier League season, unbeaten so far and sitting in second place.

The visitors are top of their UEFA Champions League group and star player Mohamed Salah is the current league top scorer with six goals in 7 appearances.

Jürgen Klopp's side have scored more goals than any other team in the top flight with 17.

09:45a month ago

Match Officials

Referee: Jonathan Moss
Assistants: Marc Perry, Timothy Wood
Fourth Official: Tony Harrington
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Darren Cann
09:40a month ago

The match will be played at Vicarage Road stadium

It's set to be a gloomy wet and grey day in Hertfordshire as Watford welcome Liverpool to Vicarage Road stadium for Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge of the Hornets.

 

09:35a month ago

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