Liverpool hit six past Wat­ford to go top of Premier League ta­ble

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Liverpool have moved to the top of the Premier League ta­ble with a dom­i­nant 6-1 vic­tory over Wat­ford at An­field.

Sa­dio Mane scored ei­ther side of half time while Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum all got on the score­sheet as Liverpool de­liv­ered an­other five-star per­for­mance in front of their own sup­port­ers.

It took Liverpool just seven min­utes to cre­ate their first clearcut chance of the match but Firmino was un­able to make a good con­nec­tion from eight yards out after be­ing found by Coutinho.

Lu­cas Leiva should have got­ten on the score­sheet when the ball fell invit­ingly for him at the back post but he sent his close-range ef­fort straight at Heurelho Gomes.

The op­por­tu­ni­ties con­tin­ued to come for Liverpool and after Coutinho had fired wide from 10 yards out and Firmino poked wide from a sim­i­lar dis­tance, the Mersey­side team fi­nally went in front after Mane glanced a header into the far cor­ner after meet­ing Coutinho's cross.

Three min­utes later, Coutinho capped a mes­meric open­ing 30 min­utes with a low drive into the net from 20 yards, with the goal also see­ing Gomes re­placed by Cos­tel Pan­til­imon after he suf­fered a knee in­jury when div­ing for the ball.

There was no let up from Liverpool and two min­utes be­fore the break, Can made it three when he headed into the bot­tom cor­ner after be­ing found at the back post by Adam Lal­lana.

Coutinho and Jordan Hen­der­son had both gone close after the restart be­fore Liverpool added an­other to their tally as Firmino tapped home from close range as Lal­lana con­trib­uted his sec­ond as­sist.

The scor­ing was not over for Jur­gen Klopp's men as Mane made it five be­fore the hour mark after con­vert­ing from six yards out after meet­ing Firmino's de­liv­ery.

A clean sheet be­came Liverpool's pri­or­ity as the game en­tered the fi­nal 30 min­utes but Wat­ford started to look the more likely to score a sixth goal of the match as Eti­enne Capoue and Miguel Bri­tos both forced solid saves out of Loris Kar­ius.

How­ever, the goal­keeper was pow­er­less to pre­vent Daryl Jan­maat grab­bing a con­so­la­tion goal for the Hor­nets as the right­back calmly slot­ted the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner with his left foot.

Klopp in­tro­duced Daniel Stur­ridge and the striker struck the cross­bar with two ef­forts in the space of 10 min­utes, the sec­ond of which forced an out­stand­ing save from Pan­til­imon who man­aged to get fin­ger­tips to his 25yard ef­fort.

How­ever, the goal­keeper con­trib­uted to Liverpool bag­ging a sixth in added-on time after he par­ried Stur­ridge's shot into the path of Wi­j­nal­dum, who took his time be­fore con­vert­ing the re­bound to cap a mem­o­rable after­noon for his side.

FA Cup

Yes­ter­day Al­fre­ton-New­port ............................. 1-1 Black­pool-Kid­der­min­ster .................. 2-0 Bore­ham Wood-Notts County .......... 2-2 Hartle­pool-Stam­ford ......................... 3-0 Maid­stone-Rochdale ......................... 1-1 More­cambe-Coven­try ....................... 1-1 Sh­effield Utd-Ley­ton Ori­ent .............. 6-0 St. Al­bans-Carlisle ............................ 3-5 Taun­ton-Bar­row ............................... 2-2 Premier­ship

Yes­ter­day Ross County-Rangers ........................ 1-1 Yes­ter­day Arse­nal-Tot­ten­ham ......................... 1-1 Wim­mer 42’ og (A), Kane 51’ (T) Hull City-Southamp­ton ................... 2-1 Austin 6’ pen (S), Sn­od­grass 61’ (H), Daw­son 63’ (H) Liverpool-Wat­ford .......................... 6-1 Mane 27’ (L), Coutinho 30’ (L), Can 43’ (L), Firmino 57’ (L), Mane 60’ (L), Jan­maat 75’ (W), Wi­j­nal­dum 90+1 )L) Swansea-Manch­ester United .......... 1-3 Pogba 15’ (M), Ibrahi­movic 21’, 33’ (M), Van der Hoorn 69’ (S) Le­ices­ter-West Brom ....................... 1-2 Mor­ri­son 52’ (W), Sli­mani 55’ (L), Phillips 72’ (W) Liverpool 11 Chelsea 11 Man. City 11 Arse­nal 11 Tot­ten­ham 11 Man. United 11 Ever­ton 11 Wat­ford 11 Burn­ley 11 Southamp­ton 11 West Brom 11 Stoke City 11 Bournemouth 11 Le­ices­ter 11 Mid­dles­brough11 Crys­tal Palace 11 West Ham 11 Hull City 11 Swansea 11 Sun­der­land 11 8 8 7 7 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 3 3 6 3 3 3 2 4 4 4 3 3 5 2 2 1 2 2 1 30 14 26 2 26 9 25 1 25 10 24 1 2411 24 0 15 6 21 3 16 13 18 3 15 13 18 4 15 19 15 5 11 15 14 4 12 12 13 4 12 15 13 4 13 18 13 5 13 16 12 5 13 18 12 4 10 12 11 6 16 19 11 6 11 20 11 7 10 24 10 8 10 21 5 8 9 21 5

SCOT­LAND

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino cel­e­brates scor­ing his side's fourth goal of the game with Philippe Coutinho yes­ter­day

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