Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk both scored twice as Liverpool returned to successful systems with a dominant performance against Watford to dwell prime of the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s aspect were 2-0 up in 20 minutes at Anfield as Senegal forward Mane headed the major sooner than doubling the lead with an harmful backheel, Trent Alexander-Arnold providing both assists.
Mohamed Salah hit the submit sooner than Divock Origi beat Ben Foster at his terminate to submit to avoid losing it 3-0.
Van Dijk scored two leisurely headers as Liverpool eased to their biggest utilize of the season and stayed one point drag of Manchester City, who beat West Ham 1-0.
- Reaction from Anfield and the comfort of Wednesday’s Premier League video games
Rampant Reds aid in the groove
Jurgen Klopp went on the pitch at the fats-time whistle to applaud Liverpool’s fans and headed aid to the dressing room along with his arm draped around Alexander-Arnold’s shoulder.
The 20-year-dilapidated England defender marked his return to the aspect, after being now no longer famed of Sunday’s draw at Manchester United, with an excellent performance which incorporated three assists as unhappy Watford were put to the sword.
Alexander-Arnold’s slump precipitated the Hornets’ defence all forms of problems whereas Adam Masina had a torrid night by the hands of Salah.
This became once a smartly timed return to successful systems for Liverpool after one utilize in their earlier five league and cup video games.
Mane’s header home them on their capability nonetheless it became once his 2nd which showed Liverpool had their race aid – a spectacular backheel past Foster.
Origi has been a spectator for many of the season, but with Roberto Firmino missing thanks to an ankle hurt, the Belgium forward marked his uncommon look with a honest-foot fabricate.
Van Dijk had scored one goal for his membership sooner than this game but stumbled on the get twice in the home of three minutes as Watford caved in.
Liverpool will face more difficult opponents in some unspecified time in the future of the bustle-in, but after losing six aspects in their earlier four prime-flight video games and with 10 league matches final, there is contemporary optimism at Anfield after a convincing utilize.
One other Anfield thrashing for Watford
Watford hold had an excellent season underneath Javi Gracia, the Spaniard guiding the Hornets to a ‘simplest of the comfort’ seventh plight in the desk and a put in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
But they were blown away by Liverpool in such a vogue that Wolves, who weren’t taking half in, moved earlier than them thanks to a superior goal contrast.
Watford’s last three visits to Anfield hold resulted in 5-0, 5-0 and 6-1 defeats.
This became once their seventh loss in eight prime-flight video games against the ‘extensive six’ – they generally infrequently ever looked worship getting aid into a one-sided game once Mane headed Liverpool in front inner 10 minutes.
Troy Deeney spent most the night serving to out in defence as Watford were overwhelmed by the home crew.
Their subsequent away game is at Manchester City on 9 March. Liverpool will hope Gracia’s aspect can give the next myth of themselves at Etihad Stadium than they did at Anfield.
Man of the match – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Why Anfield is a fortress – the stats
- Liverpool are in reality unbeaten at Anfield in the Premier League in their past 35 matches, the major aspect in the competitors to succeed in this selection of matches with out defeat since Manchester City in December 2012 (37 video games).
- Watford hold become the major aspect in Premier League history to concede no now no longer up to 5 desires in three successive away matches against a single opponent in the competitors.
- Sadio Mane’s double for Liverpool were his thirteenth and 14th Premier League desires of the season.
- Divock Origi has had a hand in 11 desires in his past 18 Premier League starts for Liverpool (seven desires, four assists).
Liverpool now flip their attention to neighbours Everton and Sunday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park (16:15 GMT). On the identical day Watford host Leicester City in Brendan Rodgers’ first match accountable for the Foxes (12:00 GMT).