Liverpool de­nied at Watford

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With Philippe Coutinho’s trans­fer re­quest hang­ing over Liverpool, Jür­gen Klopp’s side were de­nied a morale-boost­ing vic­tory dur­ing in­jury time in yes­ter­day’s 3-3 Premier League draw with Watford.

Hav­ing fought back from 2-1 down to take a 3-2 lead, Liverpool’s frag­ile de­fence crum­bled once more as Miguel Bri­tos bun­dled home the equaliser from a cor­ner in the 93rd minute.

The vis­i­tors to Vicarage Road could hardly have started in a worse fash­ion when José Hole­bas de­liv­ered an in­swing­ing cor­ner from the right, and Ste­fano Okaka headed home past Si­mon Mig­no­let in the eighth minute.

Yet, just be­fore the half-hour mark, the side con­jured a won­der­ful equaliser with Sa­dio Mané both the cre­ator and fin­isher.

How­ever, three min­utes later, it was 2-1 to the home team when Moreno got dragged out of po­si­tion in the left-back spot, and Tom Clev­er­ley ran into the in­side-right chan­nel to cross for Ab­doulaye Doucouré to score from close range, af­ter Trent Alexan­der-Arnold was un­able to clear the de­liv­ery at the far post.

Af­ter the break, mo­men­tum shifted in Liverpool’s favour. The pres­sure paid off when the Egypt in­ter­na­tional raced on to Firmino’s pass, and was brought down in the box by Gomes. It was then left to the goal’s cre­ator to dis­patch a clin­i­cal penalty past the keeper in the 55th minute.

Mo­ments later, the Reds had the lead when Watford’s high back­line was caught out by De­jan Lovren. Fur­ther chances ar­rived to in­crease the score­line with Moreno and Lovren draw­ing fine saves from Gomes, with Joël Matip also hit­ting the post.

It looked as if the vis­i­tors would hang on

to the three points as they were rarely trou­bled in the sec­ond pe­riod, yet their Achilles heel in de­fence would eventually count against them. – TEAMtalk Me­dia Other re­sults:

Watford 3-3 Liverpool; Chelsea 2-3 Burn­ley; Crys­tal Palace 0-3 Hud­der­s­field Town; Ever­ton 1-0 Stoke City; Southamp­ton 0-0 Swansea City; West Brom 1-0 Bournemouth; Brighton 0-2 Manch­ester City Today’s fix­tures:

New­cas­tle United vs Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur (St James Park, 1.30pm); Manch­ester United vs West Ham United (Old Traf­ford, 5pm)

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