Just like old times: Liverpool’s 3 best players in 5-0 win vs Watford

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Just like old times: Liverpool's 3 best players in 5-0 win vs Watford

Liverpool tore Watford to pieces on Saturday, running out 5-0 winners at Vicarage Road. Here are the three standout players in our eyes.

Mohamed Salah

Only one place to start. Mohamed Salah was, yet again, absolutely sensational here and Watford had no idea how to stop him. We’re not sure anyone does.

His elite moment in the first-half came from a world-class pass for the opener. Salah shrugged off poor Danny Rose before playing a magnificent first-time ball with the outside of his foot for Sadio Mane to score.

And yet, who’s talking about that? Salah’s goal in the second half was simply miraculous as he toyed with three defenders in Watford’s box. He sent them left, right, sat one down and curled it home.

An unbelievable player doing unbelievable things. No wonder everyone is talking about him.

Sadio Mane

A brilliant display from Mane, who scored one and created another. His run and finish from Salah’s pass were both perfection to get Liverpool going today.

And really, the second goal was thanks to Mane, too. No goal or assist from it but the Senegalese forward made it happen.

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Mane was able to isolate the defender and beat his man. That drew in another defender but right as it seemed he’d go for goal, the winger split Watford apart with a chopped pass in behind for James Milner.

Milner simply needed to get the ball across goal for Roberto Firmino to score.

Mane is undoubtedly at his best like this. He looked confident in ways we didn’t see too often last season. Back to his peak now, though.

Roberto Firmino

This was, quite incredibly, only Firmino’s second start of the season. His first came against Chelsea but the Brazilian went off injured before half-time.

So really, this was Firmino’s first proper game of the campaign. He was everything Liverpool needed him to be in the 5-0 win over Watford.

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Without Thiago, Curtis Jones or Harvey Elliott moving the ball through midfield, there was extra pressure on the ‘False 9’ role. Liverpool needed Firmino to drop into space and link the attack together.

He did just that and you saw it best in Liverpool’s second goal. Firmino dropped between the lines, received the ball, and turned to get the Reds moving. He sprayed the ball out wide and then carried his run into the six-yard box to score from Milner’s pass.

On top of that, he bagged a hat-trick of tap-ins.

Liverpool are undoubtedly at their best when Firmino is flying. Games like this – where he really does feel like two players in one – are a reminder that he truly is one of the world’s best strikers.

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