Klopp hugs and Salah’s expert finish in photos as Liverpool edge past Watford

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Liverpool weren’t at their best at home to Watford on Saturday, but they still scrapped their way to a 2-0 victory to keep the pace at the top.

Top faced bottom in the Premier League at Anfield, but the match didn’t pan out in the manner many predicted.

Watford caused Jurgen Klopp‘s men problems, but in the end, the quality of Alisson in goal and Mohamed Salah at the other end proved to be the difference.

Andy Roberson had a rare stint on the substitutes’ bench, as Klopp rested the Scot and used James Milner at left-back.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

After a tight opening half-hour, Salah gave Liverpool the lead with a stunning effort, producing a clever turn before lofting an effort past Ben Foster.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Celebrations ensued…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Roberto Firmino may have played an important role in the goal, but he again performed like a player well short of his best.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (R) and Watford's Will Hughes during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Anfield grew tense as the minutes drifted by, but Salah flicked a nonchalant finish into the Kop net with stoppage time approaching.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah, Watford (Peter Byrne/PA)

Klopp and Jordan Henderson embraced after the final whistle, with relief more the order of the day than anything.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates with captain Jordan Henderson after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 14, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Watford FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by Richard Roberts/Propaganda)

Up next for Liverpool is Tuesday’s League Cup quarter-final clash with Aston Villa, with a young Reds side making the trip to Villa Park as the seniors head to Qatar.

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