Liverpool’s hopes of closing unbeaten for a full Premier League season were ended in sensational style by a rampant Watford at Vicarage Boulevard.
Ismaila Sarr scored twice while captain Troy Deeney added a third in a brilliant 2nd-half of present from the hosts as Liverpool’s bustle of victories became as soon as dropped at a shuddering cease.
The Reds had won their past 18 Premier League video games and one other at Vicarage Boulevard would contain made ancient past as the longest worthwhile bustle within the English high flight.
However they never obtained going in opposition to a Watford aspect who were astonishing from open to extinguish.
The Hornets had extra probabilities within the key half of and most effective a astonishing keep from Alisson, to disclaim Troy Deeney, steer clear off them from main at the atomize.
However, Watford deservedly took the lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure squeezed a contaminated in from the left and the impressive Sarr became as soon as there to stab in.
Liverpool had fallen within the abet of in opposition toWest Hamfinal week nonetheless soundless managed to grind out a settle. However, there became as soon as a feeling that this time became as soon as diversified, with the Reds sloppy in possession and lacking bite in a****k.
It became as soon as no shock that Watford doubled their advantage. Sarr became as soon as set aside thru on goal by Will Hughes and the winger flippantly lifted the ball over Alisson and into the on-line.
Captain Deeney then completed a popular victory, curling into the abet of the on-line from the perimeter of the apartment.
Here is no longer a result that goes to cease Liverpool’s title charge with the Reds 22 solutions certain at the tip nonetheless it without a doubt became as soon as on the other hand an surprising and remarkable result for Watford.
Sarr the massive establish for astonishing Watford
Many had arrived at Vicarage Boulevard awaiting to search spherical Liverpool kind ancient past by worthwhile within the league for the 19th game in a row.
Indeed, such became as soon as the stage of expectation that press accreditation for the game had been oversubscribed, with heaps of of media outlets gripping to quilt a 2nd in English soccer ancient past.
However Watford were clearly no longer studying from the identical script.
A astonishing bustle of four wins in five video games before every little thing of Nigel Pearson’s reign had lifted them up from the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone nonetheless five video games without victory outdated to the utter over with of Liverpool had dropped them abet into worry.
Regardless of the present dejected bustle of results, performances had soundless been appropriate and they were boosted for this game by the return from hurt of Sarr.
The winger has been a staunch ingenious spark for the Hornets this season, and he became as soon as a likelihood from the outset, taking encourage of the truthful quantity of apartment he became as soon as afforded on the cruise to notify a option of unhealthy crosses.
His tempo and trickery unsettled the Reds who were unable to handle him and each and every his targets were captivated with an assured calmness.
If he can remain fit for the closing 10 video games of the season then Watford contain a staunch likelihood of maintaining their Premier League region.
An off day for champions-elect Reds
There just isn’t any longer any getting away from the truth that Liverpool were merely sensational this season and the ideal shock is that they’ve been in a position to preserve a fixed stage of brilliance for thus long.
The Hammers confirmed that if teams a****k the Reds defence then they stand a higher likelihood of upsetting them and that became as soon as the case on Saturday as they struggled to handle the Hornets’ high press.
About a wayward clearances from Alisson early on, when the Liverpool goalkeeper became as soon as beneath strain, equipped a hint of what became as soon as to approach.
The defensive pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren also looked inclined, surely as in contrast to the reputedly impenetrable Van Dijk-Joe Gomez partnership, with Gomez out due to a fitness area.
It became as soon as an off day for the Reds and person who will provide them with renewed spirit to extinguish off popular what’s sure to be a title-worthwhile campaign nonetheless we have to soundless capture nothing away from what became as soon as a sexy-looking out present by Watford.
Man of the match – Ismaila Sarr (Watford)
‘Or no longer it’s no longer gripping is it, soccer?’ – what they acknowledged
Watford boss Nigel Pearson:“Or no longer it’s the sort of crucial accept us. However it’s a ways one settle. Our season has been remarkable to this level, with shedding final week and no longer enjoying successfully, we were gripping to receive a response.
“They’re such an prominent aspect, we needed to receive our performance lawful – as shut to max as that you would possibly maybe maybe boom – and I notion we thoroughly deserved the settle. We threatened with the ball and defended with self-discipline, energy and commitment. That’s been the message from day one.
“Or no longer it’s in our maintain fingers, and now we must notify that performance week in, week out.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:“They did exactly what they desired to extinguish, we did not. That’s how soccer works.
“You would possibly maybe catch it, it be no longer truly easy, nonetheless it without a doubt’s the proof we weren’t appropriate sufficient. Or no longer it’s continually very refined.
“If you happen to settle appropriate, if you happen to lose, strive to extinguish it within the lawful formulation and extinguish it fancy a person.”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk:“Credit score to Watford, they performed successfully, a quantity of wrestle, very disciplined and scored three targets – that is the actuality, we would possibly maybe maybe not have the facility thru. It became as soon as refined and now we must extinguish better.
“The file and the utter of the recordsdata is all media, we appropriate strive to settle every game.
“We are in a position to specialise within the next game, the cup game, and we strive to settle there. We must preserve humble and work more challenging next game.”
Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster, talking to Sky Sports:“Proper extinguish that per week. Or no longer it’s easy if you happen to extinguish it fancy that – we had a game knowing and stuck to it truly successfully.
“Ismaila Sarr is a crazy appropriate skills, he is so indifferent in front of goal and has electrical tempo. Buzzing.
“Or no longer it’s no longer gripping is it, soccer? We stuck to our job and took our probabilities as soon as they came.”
Firing blanks – the stats
- Watford are the key aspect to beat Liverpool within the Premier League since Manchester Metropolis in January 2019, ending the joint-longest worthwhile dawdle (18) and the 2nd longest unbeaten bustle (44) in English high-flight ancient past.
- Liverpool’s 0-3 loss became as soon as basically the most attention-grabbing margin of defeat for a aspect starting up the day high of the Premier League since November 2015 (Man Metropolis 1-4 Liverpool).
- Watford’s victory over Liverpool became as soon as basically the most attention-grabbing over a aspect starting up the day high of the tip-flight table by a crew within the relegation zone since Leicester beat Manchester United 3-0 on November twenty third 1985.
- Watford secured their first high-flight victory in opposition to a aspect starting up the day high of the table because the closing day of the 1982-83 season, also beating Liverpool that day (2-1).
- Liverpool did not rating in a Premier League game for the key time since March 2019 (0-0 v Everton), ending a bustle of scoring in 36 consecutive league video games.
- Liverpool contain conceded 2+ targets in consecutive Premier League video games for the key time since December 2016 conceding as many targets of their final two league video games (5) as they’d of their outdated 14.
- Liverpool had appropriate one shot no longer off course in a Premier League game for the key time since February 2019 in a goalless plot in opposition to Manchester United (1).
Liverpool move to Chelsea within the FA Cup fifth spherical on Wednesday (19:45 GMT) and then host Bournemouth within the league on Saturday, 7 March (12:30 GMT). Watford move to Crystal Palace on the identical day at 15:00 GMT.