Liverpool denied at Watford
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)