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Watford vs Liverpool final score: Salah inspires five-star Reds

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Watford vs Liverpool ended in a mauling, as Roberto Firmino scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah starred for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Claudio Ranieri got off to a torrid start as Watford manager, as Sadio Mane gave Liverpool an early lead, Mohamed Salah scored another sensational goal and Roberto Firmino finished off three fine Liverpool attacks.

The win means Liverpool are the only unbeaten Premier League team through the first eight games of the season, with six wins and two draws.

Watford have seven points from eight games.

Watford vs Liverpool final score, stats

Watford 0-5 Liverpool

Goals scored: (Mane 9′; Firmino 37′, 52′, 90′; Salah 54′)

Shots: Watford 6, Liverpool 18

Shots on target: Watford 2, Liverpool 7

Possession: Watford 23, Liverpool 77

3 things we learned

1. Salah is unstoppable: He almost replicated his sensational goal against Manchester City, and he was unplayable from the first whistle. Salah is at the peak of his powers right now and he is probably the best player in the world on current form. Scratch that. He is the best player in the world on current form.

2. Ranieri’s rough start gets off to worst possible start: Watford played like a team who didn’t want to get beat, and it didn’t work out for them. Ranieri set them up in a back five and from the start they were nervous and couldn’t string a pass together. With all of the big boys to come in the coming weeks, this defeat underlined just how big of a job Ranieri has to do. Watford will stay up if they can beat the teams around them, but they have to have some kind of attacking intent against the big boys.

3. Liverpool are going under the radar: Somehow they are still flying under the radar when it comes to the Premier League title race. Jurgen Klopp is totally fine with that and with Firmino coming in for Jota and scoring a hat trick, plus Milner and Keita looking solid in midfield, this squad looks a lot stronger this season. If injuries are kind to Liverpool, they will be right up there at the end of this season.

Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah

His assist and goal were sensational and he is probably the best player in the world right now.

Mohamed Salah hit the crossbar early on, but Sadio Mane was offside in the build-up. Salah then latched on to a superb pass from Virgil van Dijk, but his shot was deflected over.

Then Liverpool took the lead.

Salah set Mane up to put Liverpool 1-0 up, as the Egyptian King got free on the right and picked out Mane perfectly. The goal was Mane’s 100th in the Premier League, and Liverpool got off to a perfect start.

Ben Foster then made a superb stop from (guess who?) Salah, to tip his curling effort away. After a great pass from Alexander-Arnold, Foster then rushed off his line to deny Salah moments later, as Liverpool were rampant.

Cucho Hernandez was then played in by Ismaila Sarr, but Alexander-Arnold made a fantastic last-ditch tackle… but Hernandez was offside.

Moussa Sissoko was doing his best to keep Liverpool at bay, as Salah continued to cause problems.

Roberto Firmino then doubled Liverpool’s lead as James Milner surged forward and was played in by Mane who crossed for Firmino to tap home and make it 2-0.

Naby Keita’s deflected shot then clipped the bar as Liverpool ran riot in the first half.

At the start of the second half Liverpool made it 3-0, as Firmino reacted to a loose ball after Watford tried to clear and he finished.

Salah then turned Watford inside out, and curled a beauty in to the far corner to make it 4-0. His brilliance knows no bounds.

Watford had a few chances late on but Liverpool wasted a chance as Mane fluffed his lines, then Firmino sealed his hat trick with the last kick of the game as he finished off another incisive attack.

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