A “full-back’s dream” & “Rolls Royce” Van Dijk hailed as Liverpool show form of champions

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Liverpool players lauded their 5-0 win over Watford as a “brilliant performance” as they celebrated the victory which keeps them top of the table.

The Reds welcomed Watford on Wednesday in the knowledge that another three points would maintain their place atop the table with 10 games remaining.

After a display which left a lot to be desired over the weekend, Jurgen Klopp‘s side didn’t take long to stamp their authority on proceedings and return to their fluid best.

A sensational double from Sadio Mane inside the first 20 minutes laid the foundations for the Reds’ 21st league win, with a second-half goal from Divock Origi and a Virgil van Dijk brace putting the finishing touches on a five-star performance.

It was a game in which few put a foot wrong, and for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who spoke to LFCTV post-game, it came as a result of simply enjoying the occasion and the club’s position.

The right-back was the standout performer on the night after securing a hat-trick of assists at Anfield, a feat he described as a “dream”:

“We want to give a good account of ourselves in the last games of the season and have a good run in and give ourselves the best chance of hopefully bringing silverware back to Anfield.

“We went out there today and really enjoyed it, it was good football and we all had fun, that was the main thing.

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“Their wingers maybe weren’t as enthusiastic in tracking us, maybe if the lads got the ball out wide to us maybe we could provide the crosses, and that’s the way it worked.

“It’s every full-back’s dream to provide assists and to get three in a game is something that I’m probably not going to have the privilege of saying too often, but I’m happy to be able to provide the team with chances to score.”

Virgil Van Dijk celebrates vs Watford ( James Wilson/Sportimage/PA Images)

His fellow defender Van Dijk was also quick to laud Liverpool’s performance when speaking after the game.

The Dutchman also looked to single out Alexander-Arnold for praise after being the benefactor of one of his “top-class” deliveries for the first of his two goals on the night:

“It was a great performance overall, we dominated and had a lot of great possession.

“Especially in the first half, we played very well. They couldn’t really find a solution for our press.

“We scored some great goals and obviously it was very nice to be on the scoresheet.

“We were all ready for it and up for it—we wanted to show our fans and ourselves we play like this the whole season.

“We have to enjoy it. Now it’s time to recover and make sure we’re ready for the weekend.

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“[Trent’s] crossing and delivery is top-class, he has been showing it throughout the season. To get three assists is special.”

Taking to Instagram after the game Andy Robertson hailed the performances of his fellow defenders, while Alexander-Arnold put his fellow full-back on notice as their competition for the most assists continues:

Despite failing to feature at Anfield both Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno celebrated another three points in the bag as Liverpool remain “top of the league”:

Meanwhile, Mane, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner all commended a “great team performance” after another three points were put on the board.

Milner’s reserved special praise for the Reds’ “Rolls Royce” Van Dijk, who scored twice in one game after netting just two in his previous 55 outings for the club:

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Liverpool will now quickly shift their attention to their clash against Everton on Sunday.

A win would see the Reds’ season points tally double that of their local rivals this season and keep them at the Premier League summit with nine games remaining.

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