Really? Do I need to detail how and why Watford lost, 5-0 at Anfield? I don’t want to relive a game that is feeling like Groundhog Day, as it’s 10 goals conceded at Liverpool in the last two years. Just a observations, Adam Masina was manhandled on the left flank by Mo Salah. While Salah didn’t score or post any attacking returns, he had Masina twisting, turning and grabbing the red jersey to keep up the with Egyptian. Aside from committing a foul, Masina had no answer for him.
There wasn’t much help from Roberto Pereyra tracking back that allowed Trent Alexander-Arnold all day down that side, which in turn saw him return three assists. While I expected goal from Liverpool, I felt our defense was better than the five they conceded. Ben Foster had no answer on the first two. His center back pairing of Adrian Mariappa and Craig Cathcart failed him, as neither picked up Sadio Mane, which led to his first goal. Minutes later another TAA cross found Mane again, a poor first touch, led to a cheeky back heel, taking Foster by surprise. From that point on, it just got worse.
Virgil van Dijk with two goals as the pinpoint accuracy found the big man four minutes apart late in the game, as he finished off the game, putting an exclamation mark on the game. Defensively, the Reds were perfect, picking up the clean sheet, while allowing just five shots on Alisson, who was untested for much of the game. Watford gave it a “last hurrah” but the Brazilan was sharp when called upon to post Liverpool’s 16th clean sheet on the season.
After the game, manager Javi Gracia said, “When there are ten games left, to be in the seventh position, to have 40 points, to be in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. I think they deserve all my support in this moment because they have done a lot of things well before coming here today and losing the game.”
“Today doesn’t change my opinion about my players, it doesn’t change the confidence I have in all of them. Today’s a bad day for all of us. They have good players and are a very good team, they played well, they deserved to win and we’ll try to do better next time.”
Watford will host Leicester City and new manager, Brendan Rodgers to Vicarage Road on Sunday, as he takes the reins after Claude Puel was blown out. It will be interesting to see the changes that Rodgers makes. Known for his attacking prowess, but not necessarily big on defense, the speed of Gerard Deulofeu and power of Troy Deeney. The new manager bump could be in effect, as the Foxes haven’t impressed in a recent stretch that see them in a great run of fixtures.