Watford 0-5 Liverpool: Roberto Firmino hat-trick and Mohamed Salah scores one other stunner

Sadio Mane is the third African participant to attain 100 Premier League targets after Didier Drogba and Liverpool team-mate Mohamed Salah

Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick as rampant Liverpool condemned Claudio Ranieri to a depressing begin to life as Watford supervisor in a one-sided sport at Vicarage Highway.

The house aspect had no reply to Liverpool’s fluid attacking play.

Sadio Mane turned the third African participant to attain 100 Premier League targets earlier than Roberto Firmino struck both aspect of the break and Mohamed Salah completed a superb particular person purpose with a sensible shot past Ben Foster.

Salah’s purpose takes him degree with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba because the highest-scoring African participant in Premier League historical past with 104 targets.

Firmino accomplished the scoring within the closing minute for his first hat-trick since December 2018.

The consequence means Liverpool have scored three targets or extra in all six away video games in all competitions to this point this season, one thing no different English top-flight aspect has ever managed. It additionally prolonged their unbeaten begin to the season and took them again to the highest of the desk, earlier than Chelsea’s go to to Brentford (17:30 BST)

It may simply have been extra however a mixture of dangerous luck and – from Salah – a horrible mis-control price them additional alternatives.

Watford didn’t handle a nook till the 78th minute. That it was greeted with large cheers and a standing ovation nearly summed up Ranieri’s day.

Ranieri’s job laid naked

Watford is Ranieri’s twenty second totally different job in his lengthy and diverse teaching profession. Hardly ever can he have endured a begin as sobering as this.

It was Watford’s heaviest Premier League defeat since their eight-goal hammering by Manchester Metropolis in September 2019 and their greatest at house because the identical opponents scored six right here two years earlier than that. There was definitely nothing to set off a celebration earlier than his seventieth birthday on Thursday.

The scale of Vicarage Highway imply the sting of the managers’ technical areas are about as shut as it’s potential to get to the aspect of the pitch.

It meant that Ranieri was virtually on high of the motion as the dimensions of his job was laid naked.

An extended pre-match chat with Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp was about nearly as good because it acquired for the Italian.

The hosts merely didn’t get close to sufficient to their gifted opponents. Salah was given far an excessive amount of house by Danny Rose even earlier than he created the opener. Firmino was allowed to drop into the house between Watford’s defence and midfield with out anybody monitoring his actions and Liverpool stroked the ball about at will additional again, with no press to rush them up.

With a paltry 17% possession, no photographs, no corners and, clearly, no targets, the primary half was a non-event for Ranieri and his new staff. And if he hoped the introduction of Tom Cleverley into midfield for the second interval would enhance issues, he was sadly mistaken as Liverpool scored twice inside 10 minutes of the restart.

Watford did rally in the direction of the tip, with Ismaila Sarr hanging a publish, though by then any likelihood of turning the sport right into a contest was lengthy gone.

If there was a comfort for Ranieri, it’s that there needs to be no dissenters if he needs to make important adjustments throughout his first full week working along with his new staff.

Nevertheless, with a fixture checklist that features Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea and each Manchester golf equipment amongst Watford’s subsequent seven opponents, Ranieri wants a plan if his membership’s famously trigger-happy homeowners are to not be contemplating whether or not to axe one more supervisor.

Rampant Reds

This was Liverpool’s greatest win because the 7-0 hammering of Crystal Palace final December, which was additionally the final time Firmino, Salah and Mane all scored in a top-flight sport.

In becoming a member of Egypt’s Salah and Ivorian Didier Drogba as African goalscoring centurions, Senegalese Mane is a part of a reasonably unique Premier League membership.

Salah’s curling go with the skin of his left foot couldn’t have been any extra inviting and Mane confirmed very good composure to satisfy the ball with excellent timing and provides Foster no likelihood.

Firmino’s three have been welcome – however they have been additionally all fairly easy. The primary two have been tap-ins due to James Milner’s low cross into the six-yard space and the ball operating free from a determined Ben Foster save after Craig Cathcart had turned the ball in the direction of his personal purpose.

There was a bit extra to the Brazilian’s third as he ran ahead with intelligence, one thing no defender countered, after Neco Williams had crossed.

However there was no doubting Salah’s was the purpose of the sport.

Surrounded by three gamers on the sting of the Watford field, by means of a mixture of velocity, dexterity and good shut management, Salah acquired rid of all of them earlier than discovering the goal along with his traditional unerring accuracy.

It means he has now scored in eight successive matches in all competitions and in 9 out of 10 in whole, underlining why Liverpool are so eager for him to signal an extension to his present contract, which has lower than two years to run.

Watford are subsequent in motion in opposition to Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, 23 October (15:00 BST). Liverpool are at Atletico Madrid within the Champions League on Tuesday (20:00). Their subsequent Premier League sport is at Manchester United on Sunday, 24 October (16:30).

Participant of the match

Roberto FirminoRoberto Firmino



Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Foster
  • 21FemeníaSubstituted forNgakiaat 56′minutes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 5Troost-Ekong
  • 3Rose
  • 25DennisSubstituted forJoão Pedroat 69′minutes
  • 33Kucka
  • 19Sissoko
  • 11MasinaSubstituted forCleverleyat 45′minutes
  • 23Sarr
  • 29Hernández Suárez


  • 2Ngakia
  • 6Louza
  • 8Cleverley
  • 10João Pedro
  • 12Sema
  • 16Gosling
  • 17Fletcher
  • 18Tufan
  • 26Bachmann


Formation 4-3-3

  • 62Kelleher
  • 66Alexander-ArnoldSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 65′minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 64′minutes
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forN Williamsat 83′minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 8Keïta
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firmino
  • 10Mané


  • 5Konaté
  • 12Gomez
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 20Jota
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 76N Williams

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