Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Salah's brace inspires Reds past resilient Watford

Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Salah's brace inspires Reds past resilient Watford

Liverpool registered a 2-0 win over visiting Watford in a Premier League match staged at Anfield on Saturday 12th. 

Liverpool are now 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to Mohamed Salah's double. Watford remains bottom but this wasn't an awful performance and new boss Nigel Pearson will feel that his team could have picked up something with better finishing. 

Watford produced a magnificent attack, they worked it beautifully through the midfield as Sarr was released on the right. He squared for Deeney, in front of goal but the forward was inches away from it on the stretch. 

Salah goal

Liverpool, who never looked like scoring finally took the lead in the 38th minute through Mohamed Salah. The leaders broke seconds after a big Watford chance, as Mane played in Salah down the left. He had Femenia for the company in the box, turned superbly onto his right, and curled one into the far corner of the net. 

Disallowed goal 

Shaqiri delivered a searching cross inside the penalty area and Mane brilliantly headed home. However, there was a VAR check to see if there was any possible offside. The goal didn't stand as Mane was just inches offside ahead of the last Watford defender!

Salah brace

Mane made a run down the right and pulled the ball back for Origi who completely mishit the shot but it trickled towards Salah just a couple of yards out. He flicked it deftly between the legs of Kabasele and into the net for his second of the afternoon. 

Match facts 

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games (W29 D5), the third-longest run in the history of the competition after Arsenal (49) between May 2003-October 2004 and Chelsea (40) between October 2004-October 2005.
  • Watford have won just nine points from 17 games this season – each of the nine previous teams to accumulate nine points or fewer after 17 Premier League matches were eventually relegated.