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Liverpool v Watford - as it happened

Pin Liverpool v Watford. Premier League 2019/20. Matchday 17, 14/12/2019
Liverpool v Watford. Premier League 2019/20. Matchday 17, 14/12/2019

Liverpool v Watford - as it happened

Join us for this Premier League match between leaders Liverpool and basement boys Watford. The hosts can open up an 11 point gap with a win, whilst Watford will move up to 19th if they can get all 3 points.

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FT: Liverpool 2-0 Watford. A Salah double sees the Reds go 11 points clear, Watford on the other hand, remain bottom will be pleased of their performance, they could have got something from the match if they had finished their chances.
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Mané has a shot from just inside the box straight at Foster.
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4 minutes added time!!
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Oxlade-Chamberlain plays Mané down the right, he crosses for Origi who scuffs his shot, but it comes to Salah in the 6-yard box who back-heels it in the net.
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAL LIVERPOOOOOL!!!
88'
Liverpool sub: Origi on for Firmino.
87'
Watford sub: Quina on for Doucouré.
85'
Alexander-Arnold is booked for destructing Deulofeu.
84'
Sarr passes to Doucouré at the edge of the box but he fires well over. Good stuff from Watford.
83'
The ball comes to Sarr at the edge of the box but he volleys well wide.
81'
Deulofeu's corner hits the outside of the post.
80'
Mix-up in the Liverpool defence. Alisson comes for the ball and Van Dijk passes back but doesn't know he's coming and passes past him and it goes past the post for a corner. Heart in your mouth stuff and not what you'd expect from Van-Dijk.
75'
Watford sub: Gray on for Deeney.
74'
Mané plays it to Robertson who is running down the wing, he crosses for Firmino but his shot is blocked and Foster gathers.
72'
Watford are far from out this game, one chance and they could sneak a goal.
70'
Liverpool sub: Shaqiri off for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
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The ball breaks to Milner from about 25 yards out but he fires wide.
64'
Salah is played through but from a tight angle, he fires wide. Just before that, he was one on one with Foster but the Watford defender got back and put him off and Foster gathered.
63'
Firmino has a shot from just outside the box that foster gets down and saves.
59'
Liverpool sub: Robertson on for Wijnaldum.
58'
Bad news for Wijnaldum here, he is down injured. The good news is he is able to walk off the park.
57'
Milner is booked for a bad foul on Saar.
56'
I'd say Watford have been the better side here, they could be in front if it wasn't for 2 very good saves from Alisson.
54'
Another save from Alisson. Deulofeu is played through and shoots from inside the box, Alisson stays up and saves with his chest. Good save.
52'
Incredible. A matter of centimetres and it has been disallowed. Another controversial decsion from VAR.
51'
Shaqiri whips in a cross from the right and Mané heads in the bottom corner. VAR is checking and if this is dissalowed it'll be controversial.
50'
GOOAAAAAL LIVERPOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!
48'
Doucouré's shot from inside the box is saved by Alisson. Deeney was screaming for it.
46'
And we're back!!
45'
HT: Liverpool 1-0 Watford. An undeserved lead but it just shows you that you need to make the most of your chances. Liverpool have done that and lead at the break.
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1 minute added time.
44'
Alisson punts it up the park to Salah, he finds Sané who runs on to it, he tries to take it round the keeper but Kabasele gets back to avoid the hosts doubling their lead.
43'
Henderson is booked for pulling back Deulofeu.
39'
Liverpool counter-attack. Mané runs with the ball, he passes it to Salah who is at a tight angle in the box. He chops inside past Femenía on to his right foot and curls it into the top corner!!
38'
GOOOOOOOAAAAAL LIVERPOOL!!!!
37'
Great chance for Watford. Capoué gets down the left and finds Doucouré at the penalty spot and but he scuffs his shot.
33'
Doucouré goes down the left and gets a cross in, and Van Dijk manages to clear. If he didn't touch that Deeney was putting it in the net.
31'
Still no clear cut chances. Watford are doing well to hold the league leaders.
25'
Hughes is booked for a foul on Henderson.
25'
Milner crosses, it is headed away and Mané tries the volley from just inside the box but it goes over the bar.
24'
First chance for Watford. Hughes wins the ball and runs with it and takes a shot from outside the box but it goes wide.
23'
First chance of the game, Mané crosses, it is knocked away by the Watford defender and comes to Henderson in the box who skies it over.
22'
Both teams are losing the ball a lot here, I wonder if there is a bit of nerves.
17'
Still no chances so far, Watford are playing some good stuff under new manager Nigel Pearson.
10'
Liverpool look the most likely to score here.
6'
Great cross in from Sarr and Deeney is inches from connecting and putting Watford in front.
4'
Liverpool starting the game very well, they are looking very bright.
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And we're off!!
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No matter how many times I watch Liverpool at Anfield, it alway gives me goosebumps listening to the fans singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' with their scarves. Incredible atmosphere!!
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Absolutely freezing!!!!
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Last match between the sides was a 5-0 win for the hosts last season. Watford haven't beaten Liverpool since 2015 and last one at Anfield in 1999.
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Robertson is presumably on the bench because of Liverpool's hectic schedule this month. This is their 4th game of the month, they play on Tuesday in the League Cup (albeit it'll be a young side) and the Club World Cup on Wednesday. Both of those games you'll be able to catch with us.
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Watford make 2 changes from their 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace. Mariappa and Hughes come in for Masina and Pereyra.
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Liverpool make 3 changes from the side that beat Salzburg 2-0. Robertson, Lovren and Keita are replaced by Milner, Gomez and Shaqiri.
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Watford XI: Foster; Mariappa, Cathcart, Kabasele, Kiko Femenia; Doucoure, Capoue; Deulofeu, Hughes, Sarr; Deeney.
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Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Firmino, Mane; Salah.
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Hello and welcome to Anfield for this Premier League match. It is the first of 3 games in 5 days for the hosts, but they will be hoping to win to increase their lead at the top. Team news to come.
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