Mo Salah scored twice to give Liverpool a 2-0 triumph over base side Watford to broaden their lead at the highest point of the Premier League.
After his goal in midweek, Mo Salah indicated he had returned to his best again with a fine turn and twisting completion to give Liverpool the lead (38), however that came sandwiched between two major Watford risks as both Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismaila Sarr cushioned from fine positions.
In Nigel Pearson’s first game in control, Watford messed more up after the break as Alisson splendidly denied both Sarr and Gerard Deulofeu, however, Liverpool multiplied their lead late on as Divock Origi’s miscued exertion was cunningly flicked home by Mo Salah at short proximity (90).
The outcome leaves Liverpool 11 points clear of Leicester before the Saturday 3pm kick-offs, and 17 clear of third-place Manchester City before they go to Arsenal on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Watford are base, six afloat before the 3pm kick-offs.
The now 40-point hole among Liverpool and Watford is the biggest between any different sides in the top trip since three were presented for a triumph in 1981, however that gap was not clear from the get-go.
Watford were obstinate positionally and gotten a few opportunities to score before Salah’s opener, the best coming one moment before as Doucoure cushioned his exertion having been discovered plain 12 yards from goal.
Liverpool broke forward only seconds after the fact as Sadio Mane played Mo Salah through down the left, and the Egyptian splendidly transformed Kiko Femenia before twisting into the furthest corner with his more fragile right foot from 15 yards.
Watford returned once more, be that as it may, and ought to have leveled as Deulofeu’s cross-shot was parried generous into Sarr’s way by Alisson, yet the 21-year-old’s woeful completion summarized the guests’ down.
Watford kept on causing issues as Sarr was denied by Alisson at an edge, before Mane’s going completion from Xherdan Shaqiri’s check was chalked off by VAR for a negligible offside.
Deulofeu was played through one-on-one with Alisson by Deeney, however again the Brazilian goalkeeper stood firm, and there was more worry for Liverpool as Gini Wijnaldum was subbed off with what resembled a hamstring grievance.
Liverpool’s nerves were substantial; Virgil van Dijk’s poor backpass ran only wide of the post as Alisson hurried back, and Deulofeu hit the outside of the post straightforwardly from the subsequent corner.
Liverpool rolled out three improvements from the side that beat RB Salzburg on Tuesday; Robertson and Keita dropped to the seat while Lovren was out with damage, which means Gomez, Shaqiri and Milner, who has another agreement, came in. Neco Williams, the 18-year-old right-back, was on the seat without precedent for the Premier League this season.
Watford rolled out two improvements as Masina and Pereyra drop out, supplanted by Mariappa and Hughes. Both Pereyra (crotch) and Masina (thigh) were out with wounds.
Be that as it may, the nervousness was facilitated in the last moment as Mane’s curtailed from the privilege was mis-hit by sub Divock Origi, falling merciful for Mo Salah to charmingly flick back towards goal and over the line.
Salah’s two minutes – of value and afterward boldness – got Liverpool out of prison in one of their most faltering shows of the period. In any case, again, the pioneers’ character and winning mindset when the presentation didn’t coordinate it just goes to demonstrate their title qualifications.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games (W29 D5), the third-longest run throughout the entire existence of the challenge after Arsenal (49) between May 2003-October 2004 and Chelsea (40) between October 2004-October 2005.
Watford’s Nigel Pearson turned into the ninth diverse director to confront Liverpool at Anfield in their first Premier League game accountable for a group – with each of the nine losing to the Reds by a total score of 3-19.
Watford have won only nine points from 17 games this season – every one of the nine past groups to amass nine points or less after 17 Premier League matches were in the long run consigned.