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Watford 0-5 Liverpool: Salah with another worldie in emphatic win

A shocking performance from hosts Watford allowed Liverpool to flex their attacking muscle at Vicarage Road, with Mo Salah the star again in a 5-0 away victory.

Watford 0-5 Liverpool

Premier League (8), Vicarage Road
October 16, 2021


Mane 9′ (assist – Salah)
Firmino 37′ (assist – Milner)
Firmino 52′ (assist – none)
Salah 54′ (assist – Firmino)
Firmino 90+1′ (assist – Williams)

Returning to the scene of their 3-0 defeat in the title-winning campaign, Liverpool headed into the unknown against a side with a new manager in Claudio Ranieri.

Ranieri fielded a back five, with Danny Rose the unfortunate left wing-back up against Salah, who turned the fading force inside-out at will from the offset.

It was a brilliant use of Salah’s strength that allowed him to spin Rose easily and lay on the opener, with the Egyptian’s sublime pass with the outside of his boot making it easy for Sadio Mane to fire in his 100th goal in the Premier League.

WATFORDF, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 16, 2021: Liverpool's Sadio Mané scores the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah drew a big save from Ben Foster soon after, while later on a stunning through ball from the returning Trent Alexander-Arnold saw him through only for a poor first touch to allow the goalkeeper to mop up.

By the half-hour mark, Liverpool had kept over 80 percent of possession, but the opportunities began to dry up despite Alexander-Arnold dazzling with his passing play on the right.

The second goal of the game came via the player he replaced at right-back, with James Milner the midfielder trading passes with Mane before laying it across for Roberto Firmino tap in.

Half-time came with Watford having failed to test stand-in goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher with a single shot, with only 16 percent of possession to show for their first 45 minutes under Ranieri.

HT: Watford 0-2 Liverpool

WATFORDF, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 16, 2021: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the third goal, his second of the game, during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Foster was required to deny Salah again early into the second half, but could not do enough for Firmino’s second of the game minutes later, palming Craig Cathcart’s block back into the Brazilian’s path to make it 3-0.

Salah then produced another moment of best-in-the-world genius to extend the lead further, picking the ball up in the box, dancing through a series of challenges, putting Cathcart on his arse and curling it into the far corner from a tight angle for his 10th of the season.

The conversations over that new contract will only tip further in Salah’s favour as the games go by.

WATFORDF, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 16, 2021: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scores the fourth goal, the eighth consecutive game he's scored in, during the FA Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp took the opportunity to replace both Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson with 64 minutes played, as Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for rare Premier League minutes.

It should have been 5-0 as Firmino charged down an awful Rose clearance, but Mane diverted his finish wide of the post, while a rare foray up the other end saw Cucho Hernandez curl off target.

Mane had another chance to double his tally with a smart header that only found Foster’s palms, before Kelleher pulled off a fabulous save to keep out Ismaila Sarr – later deemed to be offside – and earn the clean sheet deserving of Liverpool’s performance.

And there was Firmino in the first and only minute of stoppage time to tap in and seal his hat-trick for a 5-0 win.

TIA Man of the Match: Mo Salah

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Watford: Foster; Femenia (Ngakia 56′), Ekong, Cathcart, Rose; Sarr, Sissoko, Kucka, Masina (Cleverley 46′); Hernandez, Dennis (Pedro 69′)

Subs not used: Bachmann, Louza, Sema, Gosling, Fletcher, Tufan

Liverpool: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold (Oxlade-Chamberlain 64′), Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson (Tsimikas 64′); Henderson, Milner (Williams 82′), Keita; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Subs not used: Adrian, Konate, Gomez, Minamino, Jota, Origi

Next match: Atletico Madrid (A) – Champions League – Tuesday, October 19, 8pm (BST)

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