Liverpool crushed Watford 5-0 on Wednesday evening in a fantastic showing. We pick three standout performers from the game.
Mane had a big task against Watford: replace Roberto Firmino. Many expected Mo Salah to lead the line and, once the lineups were announced, Divock Origi appeared to have the role.
Instead, it was Mane, and the Reds’ number 10 proved Jurgen Klopp right within 20 minutes.
He struck first with a brilliant header, showing striker’s instincts to drift in between the centre backs. His second was a brilliantly inventive backheel to lift the ball over Ben Foster.
All in all, Mane played the role to perfection. Liverpool have another brilliant option up top now.
Every Liverpool player was as good as you’d expect in a 5-0 win over Watford but Alexander-Arnold was the star.
The 20-year-old grabbed three assists in the game, including for the crucial first two goals. That may even be underselling it – Alexander-Arnold consistently put it on a plate for his teammates and could have set up more.
His energy down the right was brilliant, his touch was even better, and his crossing was of an impeccably high standard.
Liverpool have a true gem in their ranks.
The Brazilian had a slow start to life at Anfield but he’s now an integral part of the side.
Fabinho’s ability to calmly hold down the fort in the middle of the pitch freed up his midfield teammates, while he did his individual job perfectly.
He was winning the ball back consistently throughout the game but one first-half moment stands out above the rest. Fabinho chased down a pacy Gerard Deulofeu and the ease in which he took the ball must have been soul-crushing for the Spaniard.
This was yet another brilliant performance that showed what a vital player he is.