Watford 0-3 Liverpool: Mohamed Salah scores as 10-man Reds win at Vicarage Road

Trent Alexander-Arnold scored his first goal of the season for Liverpool with a stunning free-kickMohamed Salah set Liverpool on their way to victory over Watford to keep them within two points of leaders Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning free-kick and Roberto Firmino’s tap-in added to the score for the Reds, but it was far from a comfortable afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who had captain Jordan Henderson sent off in the second half.Despite establishing a defensive club record for this stage of a top-flight campaign, Liverpool looked shaky at the back throughout.And the hosts were aggrieved to not be given a penalty when Reds defender Andy Robertson appeared to foul Will Hughes while the score was level.It proved a pivotal moment for the Hornets, who were then unpicked by the visitors on the counter-attack once they had fallen behind.Though Liverpool were well short of their fluent best, the manner of this victory endorses their credentials as challengers to City.Defeat meant Watford slip to ninth in the table.Flying full-backs make the differenceWhile Salah may have opened the scoring for Liverpool, Alexander Arnold’s second goal in the space of 10 days broke Watford’s resistance in the second period.It was a moment of undeniable quality from the right-back, who has now scored in consecutive matches after opening his account for England in the 3-0 win over the USA.Up until that point, the visitors had looked unsettled by the perseverance of Javi Gracia’s team, who forged several promising openings after capitalising on mistakes by the Reds.However, Alexander-Arnold and left-back Robertson both came to the fore – though the latter was fortunate not to concede a penalty.Both players enjoyed more touches than Liverpool’s celebrated front three of Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane, providing pace and purpose to the visitors’ counter-attacking.And it was Robertson’s galloping run down the left which ultimately laid on a late goal goal for Firmino, the Brazilian tapping in his fourth goal of the campaign after Mane had been denied by Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.More to follow.

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