Liverpool’s shocking defending was on show once again as the Reds conceded three goals away to Watford to begin the 2017/18 season in disastrous fashion.
Although Philippe Coutinho’s transfer request may have been a distraction for one or two Liverpool players, the fact that three goals were conceded against a small side like Watford once again is cause for concern for Jürgen Klopp.
We know that Liverpool are capable of scoring goals as proven by the fact that Mané, Salah and Firmino all got on the scoresheet. What is also blatantly clear is that Liverpool will concede goals for fun.
It took just seven minutes for Watford to get off the mark and for the Reds to concede their first of the 2017/18 season. Zonal marking at set pieces has come back to haunt Liverpool again as Stefano Okaka made the most of the space in the box to header past Simon Mignolet.
Despite Liverpool’s dismay, the Reds got back into the game soon courtesy of a fine finish from Mané. The Senegal attacker worked the ball from the right-hand side of the pitch to the left and after some brilliant one touch play involving Moreno and Emre Can, the former Southampton forward finished into the top right-hand corner.
Liverpool’s joy at levelling the scores was short-lived as Watford capitalised on some panicky defence from the visiting side to take the lead again.
The two sides went into the break with Watford in the lead and Liverpool desperately in need of a reboot.
Mohamed Salah sped in behind the home side’s defence only to be felled by Heurelho Gomes which the referee responded to by awarding a penalty. Firmino confidently dispatched the ensuing spot-kick to draw the Reds level.
They took the lead for the first time in the game very soon after through Mohamed Salah. Roberto Firmino was involved again as he ran in behind the Watford defence to lob Gomes which Salah pounced on to score his first official Liverpool goal.
Although Liverpool went into injury time with their lead intact, poor substitutions from Jürgen Klopp and more shocking defending from set pieces saw the Reds give up another goal and the lead.
Liverpool take on Hoffenheim on Tuesday night and will need to be a lot better from set pieces as the German outfit are very good from attacking set pieces.