Today Watford came to Anfield to face a team full of confidence knowing that another win would put Liverpool top of the table on Sunday evening after both Arsenal and City dropped points this weekend.
Watford will have been pleased to see Dejan Lovren missing on the team sheet (replaced by Lucas Leiva in the centre of defence) that also saw James Milner return to left back. Emre Can retained his position from last week after a fine performance topped off with a goal at the expense of the fit again Georginio Wijnaldum.
This game was effectively over as any sort of a contest once Liverpool started scoring having already passed up at least three good chances to do so. It was 3-0 to the home team at half time when it probably should have been six had the finishing been better. Goals in the first half from Sadio Mané, Phillipe Coutinho and again from Emre Can meant that this game was over at the break.
After the first 15 minutes where Watford competed, pressing high up on Loris Karius and his kick outs the goals changed the game. As I said before Liverpool scored the did waste some gilt edged chances from Lucas and Coutinho in particular.
The home team again had a huge amount of possession and with Mané, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino running wild at times among the defensive ranks of Watford it was only time before the goals came with the again impressive Coutinho pulling all the strings to waltz away with yet another man of the match performance and a goal also.
The second half seen Watford force three fine saves from Loris Karius around the 70th minute mark before Daryl Janmatt was able to beat Karius from inside the box after some good work out wide winning the ball from James Milner who was otherwise again very good today.
Daniel Sturridge was introduced to the game on 69 minutes to replace Adam Lallana and he could have easily left the pitch at full time with three goals of his own after being denied by cross bar twice and goalkeeper also. Indeed his last effort was parried away by the Watford goalkeeper Pantilimon onto for Wijnaldum who also joined the fray to score the last goal and his first for the club to make it a 6-1 win.
Too many chances to list them all off in a game where Liverpool totally dominated and indeed seen the starting front three of Mané, Firmino and Coutinho all score. Mané twice. Joined on thr score sheet also by Can and Wijnaldum. Free flowing football again from Jürgen Klopp’s side a joy to watch and at times left you feeling a bit sorry for the Watford defenders trying to just pick up a man never mind stop him. The pressing again was great and Henderson again showed his ability to split a defence wide open for the pass that created Mane’s second goal.
Phillipe Coutinho was again his impish best jinking and dancing all around in the most dangerous of areas and was widely supported by his partners up front.
It was a win that takes Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool to the top of the table outright on points now going into another international break. And it is his team now playing the way he wants and for him and each other also. The spirit is evident among the camp and the relentless ruthlessness with which they approached the second half looking for more goals straight away was great to watch and evident of a desire to do better every time.
Fingers crossed now that all our players going away over the next two weeks come back injury free and ready to pick up where hey left off now, as leaders of the pack .
Written by @StephenKing75