Liverpool saw out a magnificent 5-0 win vs Watford on Saturday. Here are five things we learned from the game.
Jurgen Klopp opted not to take any risks where he didn’t need to in this. He didn’t really have a choice in midfield, though – Fabinho, Thiago, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott were all out.
Seemingly as a result, Klopp put out his first-choice back-four here. It certainly kept Liverpool solid.
But there are games coming up against Atletico Madrid and Manchester United. Will Klopp rest the likes of Virgil van Dijk & Joel Matip in those? It seems unlikely. There might be some tired legs over the next week.
That front three
We got the ‘traditional’ front-three in place for this one. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all started and all three were just unbelievably good.
It was a reminder of just how unstoppable this trio can be. We didn’t see them all on song together very often last season but they were back to their best for this one.
If this is a sign that Liverpool will get these three at their best this season, the biggest trophies are a firm possibility.
Making it work
No Alisson, no Fabinho, no Thiago, no Curtis Jones, no Harvey Elliott. Diogo Jota didn’t even come off the bench.
The fact Liverpool were able to put this kind of performance together despite the absentees should terrify the rest of the Premier League. The Reds were unstoppable at a time they should have been quite weak.
Top marks for Jurgen Klopp, then. We’re not sure how he got that performance.
We talked about the front-three but Salah deserves a special mention. While he may not have scored a hat-trick like Firmino, he still stole the show.
His assist for the opener was exquisite. His goal for the fourth was ridiculous.
Salah is performing the extraordinary on a weekly basis now and not even the rhythm interruption of an international break can stop him. The world’s best player?
This performance vs Watford felt like Liverpool at their scintillating 2019 best. Right before football/the world shut down and everything changed.
They oozed confidence, were as solid as it gets, and just irresistible going forward. This was the best team on the planet playing to a level we haven’t seen for some time.
And if this keeps going, there are more major trophies on the way.