Liverpool smash five past Watford on Ranieri’s return

Liverpool smash five past Watford on Claudio Ranieri’s return to the Premiership

Claudio Ranieri’s return to management against Liverpool in the Premier League today, Saturday, October 15, was not a very memorable experience for the Italian. A rampant Liverpool team ripped his very poor Watford side to shreds. The 5-0 result at Vicarage Road was an underestimation of exactly how much in control Jurgen Klopp’s side had been for the whole game.

What an afternoon for the Reds. A Roberto Firmino hat-trick, Sadio Mane becoming the third African player to notch 100 Premiership goals, and a spectacular goal from Egyptian striker Mo Salah, made up the five that hit the back of the net.

Watford had no answer to the swarm of red shirts that laid a full-time assault on their goal, and on this showing, Ranieri will have his work cut out to keep them in the top flight. The highlight of the afternoon for Watford fans was winning a corner in the 78th minute, for which they gave a standing ovation combined with sarcastic cheering.

Sane hit his 100th goal after just eight minutes, meeting a Salah cross with perfection to steer the ball beyond Ben Foster. Firminho’s first two goals were simple tap-ins on 37 and 52 minutes.

Mo Salah’s strike after 54 minutes was sublime. Surrounded by three Watford players on the edge of the Watford box, he shrugged them all off with brilliant control, before firing his shot home with unerring accuracy.

A goal in added time completed Roberto Firminho’s first Liverpool hat-trick since December 2018, and rounded off an afternoon that sees the Anfield team back on top of the Premier League table, although Chelsea have to play Brentford later this afternoon.

Ranieri now has the monumental task of facing a fixture list that includes Everton, Arsenal, Chelsea, and both Manchester clubs among Watford’s next seven opponents.


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Chris King

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