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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 16:22
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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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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

75 mins: Chance for Watford! Moussa Sissoko lays it off to Hernandez on the left side and the forward curls his effort wide of the far post. Sissoko has been the only bright spark in a dull performance from Watford.

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Line-ups: Leicester vs Man Utd

Following the conclusion of Watford vs Liverpool we’ll be bringing you the action from the King Power stadium as Leicester City take on Manchester United.

Kick off for that game is at 3pm and the line-ups are out. Take a look:

Leicester XI: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Amartey, Evans, Soyuncu, Castagne, Tielemans, Soumare, Maddison, Iheanacho, Vardy

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho, Ronaldo

Michael Jones16 October 2021 14:00
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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

72 mins: It should have been five! A poor kick from Foster sees Firmino win the ball high up the pitch. He takes it off Rose and slots a fine pass into the box for Mane. Foster backtracks as Mane hits his shot first time but the effort goes wide of the far post!

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Jack Rathborn16 October 2021 13:58
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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

69 mins: Milner feeds the ball out to Salah wide on the right and he takes it to the edge of the box before laying it off to Keita. Keita blasts one at goal but smokes it over the crossbar.

Joao Pedro comes on for Watford replacing Emannuel Dennis.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 13:56
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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

66 mins: Watford win a free kick in their own half that Danny Rose fires up the pitch. Troost-Ekong gets to the ball first and heads it over to Hernandez. He brings the ball down and looks to shoot but Tsimikas is there to nick the ball away.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 13:55
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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

63 mins: Alexander-Arnold whips Liverpool’s eighth corner of the game into the box but Sissoko boots it out of play.

Jurgen Klopp makes two changes bringing Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 13:51
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Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool

60 mins: Matip sends the ball out to Salah on the right side and he knocks it to Alexander-Arnold who tries to pick out Firmino in the box. Troost-Ekong heads the ball out as far as Mane who chests the ball down and volleys it wide of the far post.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 13:49
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57 mins: Caoimhin Kelleher finally gets into the action and makes a nice save as Kucka hits a shot from long range straight at the Liverpool keeper.

Michael Jones16 October 2021 13:46
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GOAL! Watford 0 - 4 Liverpool (Salah, 54’)⚽️

54 mins: Oh my word! Salah drives the ball into the box from the right but loses possession. The ball comes to Firmino who knocks it back to Salah. He’s a magician with the ball at his feet, weaving in and out of three defenders to shift the ball over to the right side of the box. Cathcart comes across to tackle him and another shimmy sits him on the floor. Salah looks up and then curls a left-footed shot into the far corner of the goal. What a goal! Individual brilliance from a man at the top of his game.

Jack Rathborn16 October 2021 13:42

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