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One player earns a 3: Liverpool player ratings v Watford

For the first time in 422 days, Liverpool lost a Premier League game of football.

It was also the first occasion since March that the Reds even failed to score a goal.

To Watford’s credit, the hosts were magnificent, but for Liverpool, it was a painful experience that sent the league leaders crashing back down to reality.

The English champions-elect won’t be crowned the Invincibles once they claim silverware in May.

Their unbeaten PL run ends at 44 games in embarrassing fashion at Vicarage Road. They also miss out on setting a new English top-flight record for most successive league wins

Shades of December 2015 when Klopp’s Liverpool also lost 3-0 materialised into a crushing reality.

Here are our Liverpool player ratings v Watford…

WATFORD, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 29: Troy Deeney of Watford scores his team’s third goal past Alisson Becker of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Liverpool FC at Vicarage Road on February 29, 2020 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker – 6

Good save in the first half and distribution was fine. Three goals in the second half as shambolic defending let the Brazilian down

Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 4

Was not a good evening for the Scouser in our team. His ineffective delivery culminated in a rare mistake that gifted Watford their third goal.

Centre back: Dejan Lovren – 3 

A shambolic and chaotic performance from the returning Croatian. Was bullied by Deeney from start-to-finish and looked frustratingly rash and lacking composure from the off. Gomez was a gargantuan miss today.

Centre back: Virgil van Dijk – 5

Offensively Van Dijk was very effective with some excellent passes including a beautifully weighted ball to find Robertson. However, the big Dutchman was far too lacklustre in defence and was miles off his usual brilliant best.

Left-back: Andy Robertson – 6

Wasn’t at fault for any of the goals and was consistently an outlet on the left-flank. One of few players to leave with any credibility

Defensive midfield: Fabinho – 6

Another who maintained an acceptable standard and was let down by his teammates.

Centre midfield: Gini Wijnaldum – 5 

Couldn’t live with Watford’s midfield duo Capoue or Doucouré who bossed proceedings and dominated the middle of the park.

Centre midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

Was given the nod over Keita and wasn’t able to maintain the same devestating performance level as he did against West Ham last Monday. Looked bright in the first-period providing much-needed forward thrust and intensity in midfield. Subbed.

Right wing: Mo Salah – 4

Struck one into the side-netting before the break and one strong run, but not give much support. Second half totally ineffective. Nowhere near his besr

Left-wing: Sadio Mane – 4

Squandered chances in the first half and failed to grasp any kind of stronghold in the game.

Striker: Bobby Firmino – 5

Lively whenever in or around possession first half but that wasn’t anywhere near enough from Bobby’s usual high standards.

 

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