Premier League Matchday 30: Anfield welcomes Watford

Liverpool will play their next Premier League match at Anfield, where they will face Watford. This should be a tough match for Watford as they play an elite side in Liverpool. Watford has scored some great goals against Liverpool, especially in the Jurgen Klopp era.

Watford and Liverpool met at the start of the season, with Watford hosting the game. In the Premier League, the two teams have played against each other in 15 games, including 11 wins for Liverpool, three wins for Watford, and one draw between the two teams. Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have refuted some doubters after activating the style to crush Watford at Anfield and stay ahead of the Premier League. Liverpool moved to second place in the Premier League and closed the gap to leaders Manchester City by one point. 

It was Watford’s seventh defeat in eight top-flight games this season against the Big Six, who appeared to return after Sadio Mane gave Liverpool a 10-minute lead rarely. Watford’s two midfielders, Jura Ikuka and Moussa Sissoko, can’t come close to Liverpool’s trio of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, which is not surprising given Liverpool’s trio provide three extreme guards and defenders.

As their new manager  Claudio Ranieri watched from the edge of his technical area, signalling useless instructions from time to time, Watford was frankly terrible. However, the goal that ended the hat-trick was the best as Mo Salah had four Watford defenders sliding, trying to stop him as they slid all over the place with snow falling softly on the Anfield turf. The goal came 4-0, 54 minutes had passed, and Watford’s only goal on stage was to avoid double figures, which Watford did. Watford had two potential attacks in the first half and was offside on both occasions.

Watford could point out that Hernandez shot wide in the 73rd minute, and Sarr hit the post in the 84th minute, even if it meant the end of the game after the substitutions. You can’t imagine Claudio Ranieri coming into his first match in the office expecting Liverpool to control 85% of the ball like Liverpool did in the first half. Claudio Ranieri planned to hit Liverpool at half-time with the speed of Ismaila Sarr. This was not the start Claudio Ranieri wanted with his new managerial role at Watford, but Liverpool was victorious in ruining it. 

Firmino scored a hattrick, and the third goal came in the added time when most of the Watford players were done with the game. This game will be crucial for the title race as Liverpool will play the league leaders Manchester City as they are separated by one point. City will visit Burnley, where they should get three points easily.