By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
Liverpool returned to Premier League action with all three points with a 3-0 victory against Watford at Vicarage Road.
It wasn’t the prettiest game however, as Liverpool persisted to victory with all three of their goals coming in the second half.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring, Trent Alexander-Arnold doubled the lead with a stunning free-kick and a Roberto Firmino header netting just moments after Liverpool skipper, Jordan Henderson saw red for a clumsy challenge after several warnings from referee John Moss.
The first half proved to be a typical away performance from the Reds this season as they looked threatening, but couldn’t quite create any clear -cut chances to take the lead. Liverpool looked to be in trouble just seconds after the ball was kicked when Spanish winger Deulofeu’s goal was ruled out after a correct offside call.
Alisson also uncharacteristically played a nervy pass in front of his box to Firmino that fell to the Hornets – luckily that chance went awry. Alisson made up for the lapse with a brilliant save off of Pereira just before halftime to keep things level at the break.
Xherdan Shaqiri looked lively all game with plenty of diagonal balls that seemed to always find one of the front three in a dangerous position, the Swiss’ best cross came from a free kick where he found Salah with a free header only to be smartly pushed aside by Ben Foster just before halftime.
The Reds were able to break the deadlock in the second half with a goal from none other than Mo Salah in a move where all of the front three were involved – Bobby did well to find Sadio Mané on the left flank who then calmly picked out Mo’s run where his shot was simply too much for Foster to keep out in this instance.
Not long after Liverpool found themselves with a nice opportunity after Firmino drew a foul about 25 yards away from goal. Trent Alexander-Arnold found himself another goal after netting against the U.S last week, as he stepped up and struck an absolute beauty that curled over the wall and into the net.
Jordan Henderson saw a red with ten minutes left to play, as he foolishly took out a Watford player in front of the Liverpool and Watford benches – this prompted Jurgen Klopp to bring on Fabinho to solidify the defence in hopes to secure the points.
With three points looking likely with time winding down, Liverpool didn’t stop there. Andy Robertson made another classic lung busting run down the left flank and found Mane, whose shot deflected into Firmino’s path where he was able to head it in quite easily to assure the Reds would leave Vicarage Road with maximum points.
The Reds pick up another clean sheet and remain unbeaten in the Premier League. They will look to keep it rolling against PSG when the Reds travel to France next Wednesday in an important Champions League group stage match.