Liverpool 6-1 Watford: Reds go top of the league with stellar Anfield showing

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A sensational Liverpool sealed another remarkable victory at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, thrashing Watford 6-1.

Liverpool 6-1 Watford

Premier League, Anfield
November 6, 2016

Goals

Mane 28′ (assist – Coutinho)
Coutinho 31′ (assist – Firmino)
Can 43′ (assist – Lallana)
Firmino 57′ (assist – Lallana)
Mane 60′ (assist – Firmino)
Janmaat 75′ (assist – Deeney)
Wijnaldum 90′ (assist – Sturridge)


Eleven games unbeaten in all competitions, 18 games unbeaten at Anfield and looking for their fourth win in a row, Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool took on an impressive Watford outfit at home.

Navigating the absence of Dejan Lovren, Klopp named Lucas Leiva in defence, while James Milner took Alberto Moreno‘s place at left-back and Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino kept their positions in attack.

Walter Mazzarri’s Hornets headed into the clash sitting in seventh place, presenting a considerable challenge for the Reds, but they cruised by in style.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 6, 2016: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal against Watford during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Mane heads opener after dominant start from Reds
  • Coutinho adds a second with low drilled effort
  • Can heads third after well-worked attacking move
  • Firmino benefits from Lallana flair to tap home
  • Mane gets his second with close-range finish
  • Janmaat reduces deficit with 15 minutes to play
  • Wijnaldum nets first goal since summer move to Anfield
  • Liverpool go top of the Premier League

Liverpool started brightly, flowing forward in their typical attacking 4-3-3, with Firmino gifted a great chance to score following an Adam Lallana cross after eight minutes, but couldn’t direct his volley away from compatriot Heurelho Gomes.

The Reds continued to trouble the Watford defence, with Coutinho hitting the crossbar from an offside position and then skewing an effort wide of the post after cutting onto his right foot.

It was Coutinho who laid on the Reds’ opener on 28 minutes, with Mane glancing a header past Gomes following a corner routine linking up with Milner.

Coutinho then made it 2-0 shortly after, firing low into the bottom corner after some excellent flowing play in attack.

To round off a half that Liverpool had dominated throughout, Emre Can was on hand to head home an inch-perfect Lallana cross to give the Reds’ a well-deserved three-goal lead at the break.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 6, 2016: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring the third goal against Watford during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite their lead, Liverpool showed no sign of stopping after half-time, with two early goals underlining their ambition under Klopp.

First up was Firmino, with the Brazilian side-footing home from close range following Lallana’s drag-back, while some perseverance from the Reds No. 11 then set up Mane for his second of the night.

At the other end, Loris Karius was forced to make three excellent saves, with the German looking to be growing in confidence after a shaky start as Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper.

He was beaten on 75 minutes, however, as Daryl Janmaat walked through the Reds defence to deny him his second league clean sheet.

Teenager Ovie Ejaria came on to make his Premier League debut, while fellow substitute Daniel Sturridge hit the bar twice, before Costel Pantilimon palmed the striker’s shot into Georginio Wijnaldum‘s path to seal a 6-1 triumph, with the Reds going top of the league.


TIA Man of the Match: Philippe Coutinho

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 53,163

Liverpool: Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Henderson, Lallana (Sturridge 70′), Can; Mane (Wijnaldum 63′), Coutinho (Ejaria 87′), Firmino

Subs not used: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Origi

Watford: Gomes (Pantilimon 34′); Janmaat, Kaboul, Britos, Holebas; Amrabat, Behrami (Watson 62′), Capoue, Pereyra; Deeney, Ighalo

Subs not used: Mariappa, Kabasele, Zuniga, Guedioura, Sinclair

Next match: Southampton (A) – Premier League – November 19

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