Autonom-inc – Liverpool fans might wish their favorite team could match Arsenal’s invincible record this season, but the dream must be buried after the Reds swallowed their first defeat at Watford headquarters with a score of 0-3.
Come to Vicarage Road on Saturday local time without captain Jordan Henderson and center back Joe Gomez, Liverpool were beaten 3-0 by the hosts after Ismaila Sarr packed a trick for Watford followed by a goal from Troy Deeney, notes Premier League official page.
The defeat might not affect Liverpool’s position at the top of the table or opportunities in the title race, but Juergen Klopp’s team must forget many records that were before their eyes to break.
After its inaugural defeat this season, Liverpool still top the standings with a collection of 79 points, while Watford (27) pushed away from the relegation zone to move up to 17th position.
Throughout the match Liverpool did not look too sharp and had difficulty penetrating the neat coordination of the defense of Watford, the host actually had two successive opportunities when Gerard Deulofeu was left stabbed into the penalty box by Trent Alexander-Arnold, although his shot was still soaring above the crossbar.
Deulofeu then had to leave the field early because of an injury after colliding with Virgil van Dijk, who on paper would affect Watford’s banging power, but that didn’t happen.
Liverpool started the second half with a little better when Van Dijk sent a breakthrough bait that can be pursued by Andy Robertson, unfortunately the solution can still be countered by goalkeeper Ben Foster and noted to be the last dangerous opportunity obtained by the visitors.
Liverpool’s collapse began in the 54th minute when they failed to anticipate the throw-in situation and the ball was stolen by Abdoulaye Doucoure to be sent into a pulling bait into the face of the goal.
Sarr was in the right position to outwit goalkeeper Alisson Becker from close range and bring Watford open the scoring over the top of the table.
Liverpool tried to get up, but they failed to create meaningful opportunities and even conceded again in the 60th minute when again failed to anticipate the throw-in situation.
Deeney defended the ball before leaving the field and sent into a breakthrough bait, where Sarr ran the fastest to catch up and finish with a cheat over Alisson who came out of his nest.
Five minutes later Liverpool almost replied but Adam Lallana’s shot hit the post and the Reds seemed to forget what it was like to rise from two goals down to play without meaningful attack.
Liverpool’s desire to rise increasingly worse when Sarr managed to lure Alisson out of the nest and send feedback to Deeney who fired a shot from outside the penalty box bounced into the goal that was no man’s land in the 72nd minute.
Watford won 3-0, while Deeney scored his first goal against Liverpool throughout his career.
The next match would not turn out to be the official countdown to Liverpool’s inaugural defeat this season, the end of a long record of 27 nirkalah games and the buried dream of an invisible season for the Red Merseyside club.
The composition of players
Watford (4-2-3-1): Ben Foster; Kiko Femenia, Christian Kabasele, Craig Cathcart, Adam Masina; Will Hughes, Etienne Capoue; Ismaila Sarr (Ignacio Pussetto), Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu (Roberto Pereyra); Troy Deeney
Coach: Nigel Pearson
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Divock Origi), Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum (Adam Lallana); Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino (Takumi Minamino), Sadio Mane
Coach: Juergen Klopp