Match Reaction: Watford (3) – Liverpool (3)

“The Premier League is well and truly back,” is what I said to my mate as soon as Miguel Britos sent the ball beyond Simon Mignolet from an offside position.

Truth is, I have missed Premier League football but I haven’t missed its officiating. It’s too easy to blame the linesman though and Liverpool should have defended better throughout the game.

Although the equalizer was definitely offside.

If Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren, Jordan Henderson and, to a lesser degree, Joel Matip played as if they’d met each-other before, we likely wouldn’t have been bothered by a late offside goal as we’d have been 3-0 up.

It was apparent that the game wasn’t going to be as straightforward as it should have been just eight minutes into the game; Stefano Okaka ran to the near post and powered the ball into the net, Matip was grounded and helpless.

Being 1-0 down isn’t the end of the world when you’re at Vicarage Road. You know more chances are going to come your way and that they did; Sadio Mane started this season as his did last by scoring just when Liverpool needed a goal most.

Only problem is, we can’t defend and Watford were able to restore their lead just three minutes after Mane leveled the scoreline.

The second goal epitomizes Liverpool’s defending, really; Moreno loses out in a tussle for possession, Lovren goes to ground at the wrong time and the ball is crossed in, Trent Alexander Arlond tries to clear the ball but it hits a grounded Matip and the ball is swiped into the open goal by Abdoulaye Doucoure as Mignolet was standing in the wrong position.

Hard to watch.

However, early on in the second half we saw just what Liverpool are capable of when attacking. Within 12 minutes, Jurgen Klopp’s men were 3-2 ahead following goals by Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

Salah, by the way, took some time getting into the game and missed a few chances but – overall – he impressed and there won’t be any Chelsea fans laughing at his performance.

“Typical Liverpool,” everybody groaned on Twitter when the equalizer went in and they’re 100% correct, what have Liverpool been doing all summer? Our failures against Watford were all too familiar.

There are positives to be had from the game though, Liverpool scored three goals and we didn’t get out of first gear all game. At the other end of the field though, we were frankly embarrassing and hopefully the club now sees that we need to make more recruitments, thankfully the window is open for (just shy of) another three weeks.

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Steven Carson

Steven is a Club Journalist at AFC Liverpool and Features Writer for Paisley Gates

2 thoughts on “Match Reaction: Watford (3) – Liverpool (3)

  • August 13, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    FSG OUT NOW! John Henry get the fuck out of our club you clown. FSG OUT. Zero ambition. Sell the club.

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