Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a 5-0 victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon, with African stars Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah getting on the scoresheet.
Brazilian duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho didn’t feature for the Reds, who gave Robert Firmino his third start this season and a first start for Caoimhin Kelleher in goal.
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The mentioned duo’s absence weren’t an issue as on eight minutes Mohamed Salah glided past Danny Rose to swing in a diagonal ball for Sadio Mane to tuck in his 100th league goal.
Salah came very close to add another for Jurgen Klopp’s men minutes later with a curler inside the area, but goalkeeper Ben Foster thwarted stupendously.
It was only a matter of time, actually ten minutes to halftime when Firmino stationed perfectly in the heart of the area to tap in Liverpool’s second on the back of a one-touch passing move.
Watford enjoyed no reprieve as the first half slowed down, with Naby Keita’s snap-shot outside the area clipping the crossbar following a slight deflection.
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Claudio Ranieri showed a substitution for the Hornets following the second half in Tom Cleverley for Moroccan international Adam Masina.
Liverpool’s dominance continued seven minutes into the restart as Firmino gave the visitors a third with a tap in the area after Foster spilled Craig Cathcart’s defensive clearance.
The Hornets spell got worse two minutes later after quick feet from Salah from a tight angle in the area culminated with a far corner finish.
Watford saw a lot of forward play in the closing stages, whilst Mane squandered a clear chance for a fifth with a wayward finish from the tightest of angles.
Klopp’s troops rounded off the contest with a fifth goal through a tap-in at the far post from Firmino, who completed his hat-trick with the last kick of the game.