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Watford vs Liverpool LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction today

The Reds face the Hornets in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge to open this weekend’s Premier League action

Michael Jones
Saturday 16 October 2021 19:49
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With a deft touch, a roll of the ball with his studs, a dummy and then a sublime finish into the bottom corner, Mohamed Salah produced another goal-of-the-season contender to headline Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

On a tough day for Claudio Ranieri in his first match as Watford manager, Salah delivered almost a replica of his stunning individual goal against Manchester City before the international break to show just why many are calling him the world’s best player on current form.

It also overshadowed a hat trick scored by Roberto Firmino.Salah’s 54th-minute solo goal started just inside the area where he was surrounded by three Watford players. Salah somehow managed to extricate himself out of the situation with marvellous footwork - including the foot-roll that was a feature of the goal against City - before cutting back onto his left foot and curling into the far corner.

The Egypt winger was mobbed by his teammates after his seventh league goal of the season. He has now scored in his last eight games for Liverpool in all competitions.Liverpool was already well clear by then after an eighth-minute opener by Sadio Mane — off Salah’s exquisite pass from off the outside of his left boot — and tap-ins either side of halftime by Firmino. The Brazil striker completed his hat trick with virtually the last kick of the game.

Mane become the 31st player to score 100 Premier League goals, and the third from Africa after Didier Drogba and Salah.Liverpool started the eighth round of games in second place, a point behind Chelsea.The 69-year-old Ranieri, who was hired last week as the replacement for Xisco Munoz, will be judged on games against weaker opponents than Liverpool but this was as one-sided a game as it.

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Edouard Mendy heroics deny Brentford as Chelsea cling on for away win

Edouard Mendy’s stunning string of saves ensured Chelsea climbed back to the top of the Premier League with Ben Chilwell’s strike sealing a nervy 1-0 win at luckless Brentford.

England full-back Chilwell’s second league goal in as many games pushed Chelsea back ahead of Liverpool in the standings – but Senegal stopper Mendy’s inspired showing secured the points.

Edouard Mendy heroics deny Brentford as Chelsea cling on for away win

Chelsea had their goalkeeper to thank for their three points.

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Reaction from matchwinner Ben Chilwell

Ben Chilwell gave his thoughts to Sky Sports after scoring for the third game in a row. He said:

It was very tough. The last 20 minutes we showed the mentality we need to show all season. They have had a brilliant start to the season and there fans are good for them. In the last 20 minutes to half an hour they were really pushing them on and it was hell on earth.

“[Edouard] Mendy was superb. We see it every day in training and he is now gettng the credit he deserves in these games by making big saves to get us the points. We showed our steel and how strong we are defensively.

“We spoke about coming out and trying to get back in the swing of things. The preparation is not brilliant but it is about mentality and that was there.

“You have ups and downs the important thing is to train hard and when you get your chances take it.”

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:40
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Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

Brentford had 17 shots with seven on target. Most of which came in the final 20 minutes but none got past this man who was exceptional for Chelsea.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:37
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Brentford vs Chelsea: Player ratings as Edouard Mendy proves key to narrow win

Chelsea had goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to thank as they held on to claim a narrow win over Brentford and return to the top of the Premier League table.

Brentford had the first chance to open the scoring when Bryan Mbeumo struck the post following a corner but Chelsea were able to subdue their west London rivals and assert their control.

Romelu Lukaku had a goal disallowed for offside before Timo Werner spurned a good opportunity, but it was Ben Chilwell, making just his second Premier League start of the season, who gave the Blues the breakthrough when he struck a controlled volley into the net on the cusp of half-time.

Player ratings as Edouard Mendy proves key to Chelsea’s win over Brentford

Ben Chilwell scored in his third match in a row to earn his side a hard-fought 1-0 victory, but goalkeeper Mendy’s performance was equally important

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Another clean sheet for Chelsea

Chelsea have let in just three goals from eight league games this season.

They have kept five clean sheets and are yet to concede from open play.

Incredible.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:33
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Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

Chelsea move back to the top of the table jumping one point ahead of Liverpool. Ben Chilwell’s first half goal was the difference between the teams but Brentford put in a magnificent performance to trouble the European champions.

They did everything but score. Bryan Mbeumo hit the post twice and Chelsea were left scrambling for the last 15 minutes or so but somehow they held on to their lead.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:27
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Full-time: Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

90+6 mins: The throw in comes into the box. Havertz gets there first and knocks the ball down. Jansson tries to get there but Kante boots the ball clear!

The whistle goes and Chelsea claim the win.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:25
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Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

90+4 mins: Reece James is down after a collison. There doesn’t seem to be too much wrong with him but Chelsea need to take as much time out of the game as possible.

Brentford have a throw in when play resumes.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:23
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Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

90+2 mins: Save! Mendy has just been given the man of the match award and proves why. A cross comes over to Norgaard to goes for an overhead kick and connects beautifully. The ball is sneaking under the crossbar but Mendy leaps up againto push it over the bar!

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:22
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Brentford 0 - 1 Chelsea

90 mins: Four minutes of added time to play here. Thomas Tuchel is encouraging his players on. Thomas Frank looks pensive. Mendy boots the ball up the pitch and Brentford recover the ball.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 19:19

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