Post match: Watford v Liverpool (EPL 16/10/21 12.30pm)

Man of the match
  • Caoimhin KELLEHER
  • Joel MATIP
  • Virgil VAN DIJK
  • Andrew ROBERTSON
  • Jordan HENDERSON
  • Naby KEITA
  • James MILNER
  • Mohamed SALAH
  • Roberto FIRMINO
  • Sadio MANE
  • Kostas TSIMIKAS

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Unused Subs: Adrian, Konate, Gomez, Minamino, Jota, Origi,.

:arrows_counterclockwise: 64’ Kostas TSIMIKAS on, Andrew ROBERTSON off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 64’ Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN on, Trent ALEXANDER-ARNOLD off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 83’ Neco WILLIAMS on, James MILNER off

:soccer: 9’ Sadio MANE (Assist Mo Salah)
:soccer: 37’ Roberto FIRMINO (Assist James Milner)
:soccer: 52’ Roberto FIRMINO (Assist Andrew Robertson)
:soccer: 54’ Mohamed SALAH (Assist Roberto Firmino)
:soccer: 90+1’ Roberto FIRMINO (Assist Neco WILLIAMS.

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Never in doubt.

Four changes for the Tricky Reds for the lunchtime kickoff at Vicarage Road today, with Alisson and Fabinho both unavailable after international duty for Brazil this week. This meant starts for Kelleher and Keïta, with Trent and Bobby also returning to the starting lineup after the draw with Manchester City two weeks ago. The hosts welcomed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager; the Italian couldn’t have wished for a more challenging first game with his new club.

The visitors were immediately on the front foot and Mané headed through to Salah, whose vicious shot crashed off the crossbar. The flag went up for offside, but it was a bright start and Rose then had to deflect another shot from Mo behind for a corner.

After nine minutes, the Reds’ early pressure paid off as Salah, who had been tormenting Rose, spun his man and slipped it through to Sadio, who slid the ball past the stranded Foster first time. It was Sadio’s one hundredth Premier League goal. 1-0 to the good guys.

Robertson fed Mo, whose shot towards the top corner was clawed away at full stretch by Foster; Rose then blocked Salah‘s shot near the penalty spot. The Reds were rampant and Mo should have doubled the lead when Trent released him just after the half hour mark, but the Egyptian’s touch was uncharacteristically poor and allowed Foster time to make the block.

The visitors didn’t have to wait too long for their second goal, though, as Firmino released Naby, who in turn found Milner in space on the left. The veteran drilled the ball into the box and the Brazilian, who had started the move, was on hand to tap home. 2-0 after 37 minutes.

Naby nearly made it three but his raking shot was deflected onto the bar and behind for a corner. The Guinea international was denied by Femenia just before the halftime whistle, after good play by Mo.

As the players trudged off for their halftime oranges, the Reds had clearly been the better side and the hosts had barely got out of their own half. One-way traffic, then, but (as usual) we should have been out of sight and there remained that nagging doubt that if Watford could score early in the second half things could get uncomfortable for us.

The second stanza started as the first had ended, with the Reds utterly dominant. Salah again tried to set up Naby but this time Troost-Ekong intervened; Mo then had another curling effort saved by Foster after cutting in from the right.

It wasn’t long before the visitors extended their lead, as Bobby bagged a brace with a tap-in after Cathcart inadvertently sent the ball towards his own goal trying to block Salah’s shot. Mo had been offside from Robertson’s pass but, as the defender deliberately made an attempt to play the ball, offside didn’t apply. A stupid rule, in my opinion, but that’s the way the authorities want it done. 3-0 after 52 minutes.

And it was four two minutes later, as Mo scored a world class goal- possibly even better than his stunner against Manchester City at Anfield last time out. He received the ball on the right of the D and slalomed past no less than four Watford defenders before curling low into the bottom left. It was like something out of The Matrix, with all the defenders in slow motion, limbs akimbo. Quite stunning.

Kucka forced Kelleher into his first save of the match in the 56th minute, with a hopeful long-range effort which the young Irishman gathered easily. Trent and Robbo were removed, with one eye obviously on Tuesday, just after the hour mark and replaced by Ox and Tsimikas respectively, with Millie dropping back into the right back slot.

Trent had a shot deflected narrowly wide with Foster completely wrong-footed; Watford had a free kick which resulted in a bit of playground football in the Liverpool area but, after Virgil cleared, the flag went up for offside against the home team anyway. Keïta blasted over from the edge of the box.

Foster then nicked the ball off Bobby’s head from Kostas’ cross; the brilliantly-toothed Brazilian then fed Sadio but the latter’s shot rolled agonisingly wide. Another poor touch from Mo enabled Foster to gather at his feet; it could have been seven or eight by now.

Millie was replaced by Neco Williams, making his return to action from injury, with seven minutes left on the clock and the home side then had their best chance of the match, with Sarr forcing Kelleher into a low save. The ‘keeper turned the winger’s low shot onto his left-hand post and behind for a corner. Sarr had a header at the near post blocked.

Bobby landed his hat trick with the last kick of the game, tucking away Neco’s low cross from the right and that was that. An easy three points for the Reds and comprehensive revenge for the 3-0 defeat we suffered here in February 2020.

Next up is a tricky trip to Madrid to face Atletico in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Our aforementioned Brazilian duo will be back, not that their replacements did anything wrong today, and there’s a possibility of Thiago being back too. We owe this lot one after they knocked us out of this tournament in 2020, just before the first Covid lockdown.

MOTM: those good people at 45 Jermyn St. The flagship restaurant at Fortnum & Mason provides excellent quality at reasonable (for London, at least) prices and does the best Full English breakfast in town. Well worth a trip if you’re ever in the area. Just don’t down too many of their Hinomaru Mary (a variation on the Bloody Mary, using Japanese gin and Sriracha) cocktails too quickly.


No jinx but the last time we have a huge win, we won only 3 of the next 14.

Jimmy Fallon Thumbs Up GIF by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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Mascot’s Match Report.

We went to Vicarage Road and twatted them. A lovely afternoon was had by everyone. We went home again.



Needs work.


I’m going for brevity.


Salah fantastic.
Great second half from Firmino.
Hendo very good even if a bit impatient at times.
Whole team good. Nothing to criticise, domination!


Sissoko is so talented, pity he is so inconsistent


Salah is on another level right now.
Bobby doing his best Kuyt hattrick impression
Sadio with his 100th

Good training session, when is the match starting?


Ah just perfect in every single sense.


Totally dominant. The midfield gets the blame when we underperform, but some of the pressing and work today done was world class. Made them shit their pants in the early minutes along with Salah toying around with their defense in the opening minutes. We are scoring for fun now. Trent brilliant again. Mane and Bobby back to scoring ways. And Salah playing like a man possessed. He’s making it very hard for the club to not give him what he deserves. Unplayable, unstoppable and the best in the world!

Thiago, Curtis, Alisson, Fab, Elliott, Jota absent. No problem. I love this team. We are living in a wonderful time and era. Fcking enjoy every moment of this, it doesn’t happen often and easily! Onwards and upwards!


Mane played well. Could have had a hattrick. Should have scored his second


Brilliant from start to finish. Salah on current form is the best in the world. Everybody played well though, even the subs got plenty done.

Let’s keep it up for Atletico, they won’t be so easy.


Whole team played well. Buzzing for Bobby. People get on at him because he doesn’t put away 30 a season like some CFs, but he can be clinical when given the right chances. 100% shot accuracy, 80% goal conversion this season so far.

Salah’s goal was stupidly good. He and Mane both could easily have had a couple. Midfield far more committed and in control this game. Not much to do at the back, but good clean sheet and Kelleher seemed comfortable.

Happy days all round.


No new manager bounce then? Maybe they should try someone else.

Credit to us as we were absolutely rampant, surprised to be honest but Early kick off wins are the best especially when they are like that.

Reminds me of the Bournemouth wins.

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Maybe it’s the 5-0 that reminded me of 1988 v Forest but that was fabulous to watch as well. Loved every minute.

We are in this……

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Big thumbs up to Kelleher too, excellent concentration throughout the game and a fantastic save to keep the clean sheet. Best No.2 goalkeeper in the PL?


Can I just say how lucky we are to have Millie! What a player! Even at his age!