Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, as Mohamed Salah‘s double inspired his side to victory.
Liverpool 2-0 Watford
Premier League, Anfield
December 14, 2019
Goals: Salah 38′, 90′
The Reds welcomed the Premier League‘s bottom-placed team to Merseyside, but the visitors didn’t perform like that.
The Hornets gave Liverpool a stern examination on a windy day, with Salah’s brilliant brace the difference between the two sides.
Salah produced a lovely turn and finish in the first half, before flicking home impudently in the dying minutes.
The three points are all that matter, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side pulled 11 points clear of Leicester and 17 ahead of Man City.
Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forums.
Salah was lauded, on a day when he shone brightest…
I saw people asking him to be dropped and criticising him as he still played through an injury but Salah can shut the haters up now.
Back in form with 4 goals in 2 games, 84 goals for us which is more than Suarez and Torres yet he’s still disrespected.
He’s the king. pic.twitter.com/2gYWNqoJy5
— Laurie (@LFCLaurie) December 14, 2019
Another massive win, Salah the standout player. Somewhere close to his best again.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) December 14, 2019
“Fantastic MOTOM from Salah this afternoon.”
– Nik Reece on Facebook.
Bend it like Salah !! Right ? !!
— Luis Garcia (@luchogarcia14) December 14, 2019
Mo Salah has cancelled ordinary
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) December 14, 2019
“A couple of moments of magnificent Mo magic made the difference.”
– cynicaloldgit on the forums.
Salah now with more goals for #LFC in all competitions than Luis Suárez in fewer games, by the way. Phenomenal.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 14, 2019
3 consecutive world class goals with his right foot, Mo Salah you're cheeky bastard ?? pic.twitter.com/Cn4fZtqpw4
— Castle Of The Kop (@CastleoftheKopp) December 14, 2019
Alisson’s importance also came to the fore…
Great ‘keepers are made by their ability to rise to the moment & deliver the big save while making it all look so easy. Alisson with several decisive saves vs Salzburg & another huge one today. He is the base for all the brilliance; so much trust & confidence in his ability.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) December 14, 2019
Alisson had one of those games again. Made everything look dead easy but he was actually brilliant.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) December 14, 2019
Tough win against a much better Watford side than in recent weeks, those Alisson saves were vital ??
— Matt Craig (@MattHDGamer) December 14, 2019
Alisson Man of the Match for me. Also good were Salah, Mané & Gomez (other than that bad header that led to Virgil's back pass that was nearly an own goal)
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) December 14, 2019
3 consecutive clean sheets.
You know I'm pleased with that.
Alisson MOTM today? Some huge saves.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) December 14, 2019
Firmino’s form is worrying, though…
Firmino has been awful since the end of September, honestly thought he was gonna have a class season after the first 5 games
— Tom (@CynicalLive) December 14, 2019
Early kick offs aren't ideal for Firmino. He's not had a chance to get all of the Guinness out of his system.
— David (@FourNaanJeremy) December 14, 2019
“Firmino and Shaqiri weakest links today, Gomez impressive as usual.”
– Andrew Fernando on Facebook.
Firmino playing based on reputation and no main competition. Has been poor for at least 3 months now. Passing, 1st touch, finishing- very poor #lfc
— Deji Guerrero (@Deji500) December 14, 2019
Firmino with gloves > Firmino without gloves pic.twitter.com/Wbc9gV4SKa
— ?TheBobbyRole? (@YMLFC11) December 14, 2019
But many hailed the gritty nature of the win…
That’ll do nicely. Can’t be at our best every week. 3 points, clean sheet, job done. Great goals by Mo.
— Ste Davies (@StevenD1977) December 14, 2019
No clean sheet in 13 games, followed by three in a row. All of them in Fabinho's absence. Football is weird sometimes.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) December 14, 2019
#LFC made to work for that by a hugely impressive Watford but they take a sizeable Premier League lead into Christmas and will be able to watch on from Qatar as Leicester and Manchester City go head-to-head. Might even be world champions when they get back.
— David Lynch (@LynchStandard) December 14, 2019
Inspired, improvised flicked nutmeg finish from Salah for #lfc second. Bit different. At times an anxious, unconvincing #lfc performance but still winning, still coping with the long, hard slog through winter. #LIVWAT
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 14, 2019
“Tough tough match as it should be after a difficult away trip to RB! A rejuvenated Watford played well but 3 huge points now let’s go be champions of the world!”
– VJ Sagaran on Facebook.
You were crap Liverpool but you won. Cheers.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) December 14, 2019
3 points all that matters. On we march.
— Rory Greenfield (@RoryGreenfield) December 14, 2019
“Yet again a horrible scrap against a team which definitely benefited from a new-manager bounce. And yet again, our lads found a way. Three more points.”
– Hope in your heart on the forums.
could've lost, didn't. just wear you down like the damn tides. boot stamping on a human face – forever. Liverpool, that.
— nate (@natefc) December 14, 2019
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