Liverpool tops Premier League table with Watford rout

Liverpool tops the Premier League table for the first time under manager Jurgen Klopp with an emphatic victory over Watford at Anfield.

The fluid play of Phillippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino carved out chance after chance from the start. While Watford were at times sloppy in possession, there was little they might have done better to withstand Liverpool’s 28 attempts on goal.

Mane’s acrobatic header finally put the Reds ahead after a host of missed chances, before Coutinho drilled in a second from 20 yards three minutes later.

Lallana then crossed for Emre Can to nod home before half-time– putting them firmly in control of the game by 3-0 before the break.

Watford were abject and Liverpool masterful as Roberto Firmino tapped in a Lallana cut-back before the Brazilian turned provider and Mane slotted in Liveprool’s fifth amidst slack defending.

It was also Mane’s fifth goal in his five Premier League appearances at Anfield for Liverpool.

Georginio Wijnaldum completed the scoring in the 91st minute with his first goal for the club, after substitute Daniel Sturridge had struck the bar twice.

It is the fifth time Liverpool have scored four goals or more in the league this season. With 30 goals from their 11 matches, they are unquestionably the highest scorers of the English top flight.

But Watford’s consolation through Daryl Janmaat still meant that Klopp’s side have only kept one clean sheet in the league this season.

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