Liverpool 5-0 Watford
Premier League, Anfield
March 17, 2018
Salah 4′ (assist – Mane)
Salah 43′ (assist – Robertson)
Firmino 49′ (assist – Salah)
Salah 77′ (assist – Mane)
Salah 85′ (assist – Ings)
The Hornets’ arrival at Anfield came on the back of a 2-1 loss for Jurgen Klopp‘s side at the hands of United seven days previous, highlighting the need for a response.
Fortunately, Liverpool found themselves in excellent shape ahead of their final game before the March international break, with only Dejan Lovren missing out due to injury.
- Klopp makes 4 changes as Lovren misses out with injury
- Salah opens scoring for 33rd goal of the season
- Egyptian doubles his tally to beat Torres’ record
- Firmino nets brilliant third from Salah assist
- Salah completes 1st Reds hat-trick with Messi-esque strike
- Winger nets 4th to seal priceless victory at Anfield
At the other end a brilliant counter-attacking move led by Salah almost saw Roberto Firmino double the lead, but Orestis Karnezis was there to make the stop.
They didn’t have to wait long for another, however, with Salah on hand to make it 2-0 after Andrew Robertson‘s stunning cross from the left flank.
After scoring within four minutes in the first half, Liverpool did the same after the break, with Salah turning provider for Firmino who back-heeled the Egyptian’s clipped cross home in sublime fashion.
The Reds were first to everything throughout, producing an excellent response to their defeat to United as they managed the game perfectly.
Klopp made his second change of the evening with 20 minutes left to play, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took to the field to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, providing further thrust from the middle of the park.
The England midfielder stung the palms of Karnezis with a long-range effort as the Reds pushed for another, but it was Salah who extended the lead.
And he wasn’t done there, slamming the ball into the back of the net after Danny Ings‘ shot was spilled into his path, notching his fourth goal of the game and sealing a 5-0 win.
TIA Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah
Referee: Anthony Taylor
* Additional reporting by ISNTV.