Liverpool 2-0 Watford: Premier League – as it happened

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Mohamed Salah scored twice as Premier League pioneers Liverpool fought to triumph over strugglers Watford in Nigel Pearson's first game in control.

Salah twisted the ball into the furthest corner for the opener before flicking in a late second in the last moment of typical time at Anfield.

Watford botched opportunities in the two parts, while Liverpool's Sadio Mane had a header precluded for offside after an audit by the video colleague official (VAR).

Liverpool stays unbeaten in the association this season while Watford is six - and with a generous objective distinction to upset - hapless of wellbeing.

The Reds were made to work for their triumph, however - goalkeeper Alisson making brilliant spares after the break, while Watford's Ismaila Sarr additionally squandered a gigantic possibility.

Salah wasted chances of his own as well, however, Liverpool did what's needed to get their sixteenth triumph of the period and open up a 10-point hole at the top, with second-put Leicester being held at home by Norwich later on Saturday.

Liverpool granulate out another success

It wasn't pretty, yet indeed Liverpool took care of business.

Jurgen Klopp's side has made Anfield a fortification and it was obvious from the beginning that they would rule ownership and separate Watford.

A long ball over the top from Virgil van Dijk nearly set Salah on his way close to the beginning whistle and Roberto Firmino could have scored not long after, jumping on a free ball on the edge of the territory.

In any case, the odds were not many for Liverpool in a first a large portion of that saw Watford shield in quite a while and stay conservative.

Watford had risks on the break however didn't take them - Will Hughes hauling a shot wide and Etienne Capoue having an exertion obstructed in the case.

At last, it was Liverpool who promoted with their very own break - Firmino, Mane, and Salah consolidating for the opener.

Sarr botched a brilliant chance to adjust five minutes after the fact, and Alisson was kept on his toes as he made two savvy short proximity spares right off the bat in the subsequent half.

The Anfield swarm, who were baffled now and again by an absence of force and messiness, became on edge as the game wore on - Van Dijk practically passing the ball into his very own net lining a mistake with Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being gotten out of ownership on the right.

Be that as it may, the European bosses, who are pursuing a first association title in quite a while, were conveying winning energy and triumph here at Anfield leaves them heading into the new year with a solid lead at the highest point of the table.

Sorted out however inefficient from Watford

Coming to Anfield in his first game in control was continually going to be a troublesome assignment for Pearson, who supplanted Quique Sanchez Flores as Watford supervisor not long ago and was at Vicarage Road to see their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace a week ago.

He was encouraging his side to stay tight and will have been satisfied, all in all, by their association at the back.

In any case, Watford has not won in the alliance since 8 November - their solitary triumph of the period - and they are the most minimal scoring side in the challenge with only nine objectives up until this point.

They had opportunities to score at Anfield - Sarr's lightened endeavor in the principal a large portion of a gigantic miss, as he totally mishit a bounce back from Gerard Deulofeu's risky cross.

Deulofeu, who got in behind a couple of times down the left, hurled his arms in dissatisfaction behind the objective as the Kop sneered before the ball had even left play.

Those odds infrequently come around again at Anfield however Deulofeu himself had one from the get-go in the subsequent half, which he hit directly at Liverpool manager Alisson.

Watford was never expected to take anything from this game however if they are to climb the table and escape the transfer zone, they have to discover their objective scoring boots.

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)