Liverpool surged to the top of the Premier League after thrashing Watford 5-0 thanks to a superb treble from Roberto Firmino along with goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah
Liverpool surged back to the top of the Premier League after cruising to a comprehensive 5-0 win over Watford.
Sadio Mane gave the Reds the perfect start when he slotted them into an early lead after just nine minutes.
Roberto Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead from point-blank range in the 37th minute before adding his second just minutes after the break.
Mohamed Salah added a sensational solo goal to make it four just minutes later before Firmino grabbed his third to cap a superb afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Here, Brinkwire Sport takes a look at five things Klopp got right during Liverpool’s comfortable win at Vicarage Road…
James Milner suffered a torrid time in the Reds last game against Manchester City.
The versatile veteran, and makeshift right-back, was tormented all afternoon by Phil Foden as Liverpool and their title rivals played out a 2-2 draw.
But Klopp showed faith in the 35-year-old by choosing him to fill in for the unavailable Fabinho.
And his decisions was vindicated by a sterling performance from Milner – who capped his display with an assist after teeing up Firmino late in the first half.
He even showcased his adaptability on his 568th Premier League appearance by filling in at right-back for the final third of the game after Trent Alexander-Arnold was withdrawn on his return from injury.
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After Klopp had confirmed prior to the game that Diogo Jota was fit and available, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that Firmino would start alongside Sane and Salah.
But the Brazilian slotted back in seamlessly alongside Sane and Salah as Liverpool’s infamous front three were reunited and set loose on Watford.
They swarmed all over the Hornets, with Salah going close twice before teeing up Mane for the early opener.
Firmino got in on the act too by doubling the Reds lead on the stroke of half time – vindicating Klopp’s decision to give the 30-year-old the nod over Jota.
And he stung Watford again just six minutes after the break, stabbing home a fumbled ball to kill the game off.
He still found time to tap home his hat-trick in the final moments to cap a fine afternoon for the Reds and Firmino.
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