Liverpool struggle against Watford despite our attack shining 

Another game against a team that won’t be challenging for Europe, last season we would have struggled. But not this year – surely. We have had since the end of may to address all our defensive woes haven’t we?!? 

Another game against a team that won’t be challenging for Europe, last season we would have struggled. But not this year – surely. We have had since the end of may to address all our defensive woes haven’t we?!?

Well after today’s game it’s fair to say that it’s still a work in progress. WOW – how polite was that! Quite frankly it’s clear for all to see that we need investment starting with at least a new centre-backs, Van Dijk anyone?

Today Liverpool twice went behind against Watford before eventually drawing 3-3.

Starting XI

Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Salah, Firmino and Mané.

The Game

Stefano Okaka made it 1-0 to Watford after just eight minutes after some sloppy defending that, however Sadio Mane levelled with a fine team goal on 29 minutes. Shockingly it only took Watford three minutes before they were back ahead.

To Liverpool’s credit they fought back with Roberto Firmino scoring a well taken penalty spot, which was initially won by debutant Mohamed Salah, who then applied the finish from Firmino’s lobbed pass just two minutes later.
More poor defending allowed Miguel Britos to bundle home a third in stoppage time making it 3-3 and perhaps giving the game the result it deserved.

Currently a famous Brazilian is hoping to find his way out of the club. But credit to his fellow compatriot; Roberto Firmino. He hasn’t always convinced people that he’s a suitable false-9. However he played really well today with a well-taken penalty and a neatly-weighted ball over the top for Salah to poke home what looked for so long like being the winner from close range.

Despite a quiet start, Firmino grew into the game and showed he can be relied upon by Jurgen Klopp, and justify the German’s decision not to play a more out-and-out centre-forward to spear-head that front three.

Errors again

Sadly Simon Mignolet looked far from convincing in goal, which makes us all wonder why an upgrade wasn’t sought during the summer. Has Klopp seen something in Karius or Danny Ward? Is this a stop gap till they are ready?

He again failed to command his penalty area and organise the defenders in front of him. Awful positioning for Watford’s second goal and unaware of what was going on for their third goal!

There was a lack of quality and organisation in defence, highlighted again with the amount of space Moreno allowed down the left which contributed towards Watford’s second. It was a surprise to see him get the nod ahead of Milner or Robertson.

Moving on from today

You can’t deny that Liverpool have a quality attack, the pace of Salah and Mané is undeniably breathtaking. The movement of Firmino is something the academy players can learn from.

However, Klopp has to work on getting his side to keep clean sheets against opposition like this or they will be in for a very rough time indeed when they meet Europe’s finest later this season.

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