Liverpool beat Watford 6-1 in the Premier League at Anfield to go top of the league.
With the way Philippe Coutinho has been playing in recent weeks, it was inconceivable for the little Brazilian not to get involved in the scoring. After just half an hour, Liverpool’s wonderfully talented midfielder had made and scored a goal to get the game underway.
In all fairness, a 6-1 scoreline doesn’t flatter Liverpool at all and it wasn’t that Watford were bad, they were just eclipsed by Jurgen Klopp’s supreme attacking lineup that has now plundered 30 goals in 11 games this season.
It’s a testament to the way Klopp has designed his team that there were five different goal scorers for Liverpool and each goal brought great shouts of jubilation from the home crowd.
Such was Liverpool’s superiority that Klopp was able to sub on Sturridge after 70 minutes and the Englishman had several good chances to score. He had a superb curling effort tipped onto the crossbar by Costel Pantillimon, but his display and work ethic would have pleased Klopp. He is a viable option to replace Sadio Mane when the Senegal attacker goes to the African Cup of Nations in January.
Liverpool are now top dogs in the Premier League, one point clear of a confident Chelsea side that demolished Everton. So, all-round a good weekend for the red half of Merseyside.
Liverpool – Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino, Gini Wijnaldum
Watford – Daryl Janmaat