The best photos as Liverpool draw 3-3 with Watford as Premier League kicks off

12 August 2017

Liverpool drew 3-3 with Watford on Saturday afternoon, with atrocious defending yet again proving to be the Reds’ downfall.


Jurgen Klopp and his players opened their 2017/18 Premier League account at Vicarage Road, with the Philippe Coutinho saga hoping to be forgotten about for the time being, at least.

Alberto Moreno was given the nod at left-back over James Milner, and he was one of the few players to do adequately in a very poor first-half showing.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Alberto Moreno takes a throw-in during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Stefano Okaka headed the Hornets in front with an early goal, with Liverpool’s set-piece woes shining through before the campaign had barely got underway.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Watford's Stefano Okaka scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Simon Mignolet, preferred to Loris Karius and Danny Ward in goal, could do nothing about either of Watford‘s first-half strikes.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's goalkeeper Simon Mignolet looks dejected as Watford score the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were looking to make things happen in the final third, but it was a lifeless showing for much of the opening 45 minutes from Liverpool’s forwards.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The only moment of quality in the first half was provided by Mane, who finished brilliantly after a lovely flowing move.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first equalising goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the second half, Liverpool turned the game on its head, with Firmino’s penalty and debutant Mohamed Salah‘s close-range strike sending the travelling fans wild.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Watford‘s last-gasp equaliser left a sour taste, though, but in truth, it was no more than Marco Silva’s hosts deserved.

All in all, it was a day to forget for Liverpool, and a downcast Klopp and captain Jordan Henderson saluted their brilliant supporters at the final whistle.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson applauds the travelling supporters after the 3-3 draw during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Next up for the Reds is Tuesday’s Champions League play-off first leg away to Hoffenheim, which promises to be a real test of their credentials.

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