As it happened: LFC 5-0 Watford

Premier League
Wednesday 27 February 2019 - 8:00 pm
Anfield
Liverpool5
0Watford
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⚽️ Mane10'
⚽️ Mane20'
⚽️ Origi66'
Milner off, Henderson on ↔️70'
73'↔️ Deeney off, Gray on
73'↔️ Deulofeu off, Cleverley on
Mane off, Lallana on ↔️78'
79' Cathcart
⚽️ van Dijk79'
⚽️ van Dijk82'
82' Masina
Wijnaldum off, Keïta on ↔️84'
Possession %
6238
Total Shots
195
Shots on Target
103
Shots Blocked
51
Offside
12
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The reds take a slender one point Premier League lead into tonights game against Watford.

Watford are currently the best of the rest in the top flight, sitting in 7th place behind the top six.

They can take advantage of Wolves defeat last night and go 3 points clear in their quest to try and qualify for European football.

For Liverpool, fans will be hoping for a return to winning ways as well as an impressive performance to match.  The reds lead the Premier League after 27 games and will be hoping to still be top at the end of the evening.

Roberto Firmino is a doubt for the reds, whilst Naby Keita appears to have recovered from illness on Monday.

Here we go..

As it happened...

18:58 UK
Top seven all in action tonight

19:01 UK
Confirmed LFC teams

Two changes.  Origi in for Firmino. TAA in for Henderson.

LFC: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Origi.

Subs: Mignolet, Keita, Henderson, Sturridge, Lallana, Shaqiri, Camacho.

19:27 UK
Watford

Here's how the reds opponents line up this evening.  Unchanged from their last game.

19:41 UK
Klopp on Firmino being unavailable

"It's not good Bobby's not available but it's really nice to give someone else a chance – Divock a good option for us. We want to have positive football, we're used to being on the front foot. Tonight is another chance for us, so let's go for it"

20:00 UK
KICK OFF

Underway at Anfield...

20:02 UK
Front three

1' Sadio Mane starting central - Origi out left and Salah on the right.

20:03 UK

3' Milner almost catches Ben Foster out there.  Little mini moment of panic in these opening moments.

20:12 UK
GOAL!

10' Sadio Mane heads in after a great cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Good start from the reds.

20:17 UK

17' Liverpool looking bright here.  A good opening quarter hour. 

Milner and Trent combining well on the right hand side.

20:18 UK

18' Quick counter attack by Watford - they've got the numbers but the killer ball in is a looped cross that Alisson Becker in his pink shirt comes out to collect.

20:21 UK
GOAL!!!

20' It's 2-0. Mad run down the right from Salah, he's being held back .  

Wijnaldum gets it - pass back to Alexander-Arnold who sends in a beautiful pass, Mane beats the offside trap and then backheels it in!

20:38 UK
Graft

38' Milner's determined he's winning that ball inside the box.  He gets it and it comes out to Fabinho who has a crack! Wide.

That coming not long after Salah wormed his way into the area and hit the post.

20:43 UK
Close

43' Superb tackle there by Joel Matip.

And back up the other end, intricate movement from the reds and a lovely first time cross from Robertson that goes across the face of goal.

Great opening 43 minutes!

20:47 UK
HALF TIME

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Best half of football from Liverpool so far in 2019.

Two goals for Mane with Trent Alexander-Arnold involved.

20:58 UK
First half stats

21:02 UK
Second half underway

Here's Sadio Mane's second goal from the first half

21:06 UK

49' Robertson running in at pace and drills the ball just across the face.

Reds started this half brightly.

Salah forces a corner.

21:07 UK

Milner's corner headed away.

21:13 UK

57' Double shooting chance there for Origi. Both blocked.

21:16 UK

60' Corner from Alexander-Arnold this time.  He sends an inswinger but it just beats the reds at the far post.

21:23 UK
GOAL!

67' ITS DIVOCK ORIGI! He smashes that right footed from the edge of the box.  Great goal.

21:26 UK
Substitution

70' James Milner heads off after an excellent nights work.  On comes Jordan Henderson.

21:33 UK

77' Watford beat the offside trap but somehow, from 8 yards out they manage to launch it over the bar.

This is a Liverpool win this game.

21:35 UK
Mane off

78' Klopp left him on long enough to try for his hat-trick but attention must now turn to the Everton game.

Sadio heads off and Adam Lallana is on to replace him.

21:37 UK
GOAL!!

79' It's 4-0 to the reds.

Virgil van Dijk heads in from another Alexander-Arnold cross.

21:39 UK
GOAL!!

82' It's another for VIRGIL VAN DIJK.  Cross from Alexander-Arnold but this one goes out to the other side of the area.  Robertson lobs it back in and van Dijk heads it down into the corner.

He's on for a hat-trick here!

21:43 UK
Sub

Naby Keita replaced Wijnaldum a few moments ago.

'Liverpool, Liverpool, Top of the League' ringing around Anfield.

21:51 UK
FULL TIME

Liverpool 5 Watford 0

Magnificent performance.

22:15 UK
Elsewhere

Man City sneaked a 1-0 win over West Ham thanks to a very dubious looking penalty.

Chelsea effectively ended Spurs involvement in the title race with a 2-0 win, whilst Arsenal hammered Bournemouth 5-1 to keep themselves in 4th place.

You can read our report of LFC 5-0 Watford.

22:23 UK
Thanks for joining us

Next up...

The Merseyside Derby.  It's Everton's World Cup Final and this season more than ever they will want to put a serious dent in Liverpool's title charge.



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