Liverpool made a dramatic comeback to winning ways after the defeat to Manchester United. A five goal victory meant a heavy defeat at Anfield for Watford.
Jurgen Klopp made a few changes from the squad that had faced United and lost. The defence was worked on and we would have Matip and Gomez in the back line, supporting Virgil Van Dijk. Having beaten Watford already this season, the home side could be confident that a losing streak would not continue.
Oh yeah – concerning the weather… it was snowing in Anfield! Yes, as cold as it gets and Liverpool still managed to run out onto their pitch and perform for the home fans, scoring multiple times.
Liverpool were clearly determined to get back to winning from the start of the game and started off with a goal in only the 4th minute. Salah may have been attempting to break Fernando Torres record of 33 goals in one season (set in 2007- 2008 and never broken since) and managed to do so within this one game. Salah’s first goal would equal the 33 goals. Salah’s second goal in the 43rd minute would break it as he made the new record 34 goals in all competitions by the end of the first half.
The second half would provide more goals than the first half, though it seemed as if Watford were beaten already from shortly after the break onwards. Our defence and goalkeeper had very little to do but defended well when they were called into action. Much of the time was spent seeing our attackers flood forwards to towards Watfords back line and goalkeeper for shots.
In the 49th minute, Roberto Firmino decided to get in on the goalscoring action. Salah wasn’t selfish, he would provide the assist instead of trying to get his hat trick at that point. The Brazilian would gather the clever pass and shoot past Watford’s number 1 for making it Liverpool 3-0 Watford.
It felt all over and the win confirmed for Liverpool even at this point, with still almost a full 2nd half to go (including the extra time to be added). More was to come though.
In the 77th minute, Salah had collected the ball and made his way inside of the penalty area. He had a defender in front of him but he made a clever run around the opposition which saw him cause the defender to fall to the ground without any physical contact being made. Having shaken the last man off, he’d shoot calmly past the goalkeeper. Making it look so easy, the hat trick was now confirmed. Salah would get to keep the ball by the end of the game.
The 85th minute came about and Watford were probably just really looking forward to the final whistle and their chance to get out of the snow and into the warm changing rooms of Anfield but Salah was still determined to improve his already impressive goalscoring record. He’d made it Liverpool 5-0 Watford, claiming his 36th goal of the season. Not bad for his debut season and it’s not even over yet. He’s now done better than both Suarez and Torres, previously our best goalscorers of the last 10 years.
Man of the Match
Well, did anyone get a hat trick? or maybe even 4 goals? YES, of course it’s Mohamed Salah. As if scoring four times wasn’t enough, he’d even assist the only other goal scored which didn’t get scored by him. Firmino seemed happy and grateful for the assist from his teammate who could have tried to score his 3rd goal but let Bobby have a goal too instead. Great teamwork from the Egyptian. Salah’s making a name for himself already at Liverpool and all we have to do as fans is sit back and enjoy each and every game he plays in.
Liverpool will wait a while for their next fixture as other cup competitions we’re already out of take place. We’re NOT out of the Champions League though and shortly after our fixture with Crystal Palace, we’ll be facing Manchester City in the Champions League Quarter Finals from early April.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.