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Summary

  1. Allen converts Benteke knock-down for opener
  2. Gomes fails to stop 20-yard Firmino strike
  3. Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Moreno, Allen, Stewart, Ojo, Coutinho, Ibe, Benteke
  4. Watford XI: Gomes, Prodl, Cathcart, Britos, Anya, Abdi, Suarez, Watson, Jurado, Ighalo, Deeney.

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Right, thanks for you company and that, as they say, is that from Anfield. Liverpool's last home game will be against Chelsea on Wednesday.

'Stewart dictated a lot of the play'

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

"Kevin Stewart has been fantastic, very composed. He's dictated a lot of the play and it's been a very mature performance."

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Cameron Brannagan delivers an enticing cross for Christian Benteke at the far post but the Blegium striker gets his timing all wrong and sends his header over.  

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

There'll be three minutes of added time at Anfield.

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

A Jordon Ibe effort hits the post after good work from Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

You've always got to hope but Watford fans might be stuggling for some considering the Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Villa.

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Christian Benteke just cannot buy a goal at the moment. He's played in by Joe Allen but his shot is palmed away by keeper Heurelho Gomes.

'Liverpool needed that'

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

Firmino celebrates
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"Firmino picked it up, got the ball under control and away he went. That was special. 

"Liverpool needed that - they've not played so well in this second half. 

"Watford have made life difficult for the hosts but there is a distinct lack of quality in their side."

Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Odion Ighalo has another chance for Watford and puts his shot into the side-netting. Some Watford fans cheer thinking it's gone in but - I'm afraid for them - it's not.

GOAL - Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino looks like he's wrapped up the three points for Liverpool. The Watford defence stand off him as he runs at the visiting goal and he takes advantage by driving in a shot which keeper Heurelho Gomes will be disappointed he didn't save.

Roberto Firmino celebrates
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Starting berths

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

"This is a little bit scrappy. Some of these players haven't played much recently so won't be as sharp as we'd all like. 

"Mind, you can still put in 100% effort. Especially if you're fighting for a starting spot in a Europa League final..."

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Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Watford are picking up the pace. Troy Deeney finds Steven Berghuis and his shot is saved by keeper Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Dangerous for Liverpool. Joe Allen is penalised for a foul on Almen Abdi just outside the box in a central position. Abdi picks himself up to take it but sends his effort over. It wasn't that bad a strike but he's immediately substituted for Nordin Amrabat.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores appeared set to substitute Odion Ighal before his recent chance but replaced Jurado with Steven Berghuis instead a few minutes ago.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp brings on Roberto Firmino for Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Could this man be about to come on? Watford might hope not.

Daniel Sturridge warming up
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CLOSE!

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Odion Ighalo
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Great chance for Odion Ighalo. The Watford striker collects an Ikechi Anya pass after a Troy Deeney dummy, leaves Alberto Moreno on his backside with a sidestep but his shot is saved. 

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Coutinho and Benteke quickly combine again and this time the former's shot is on target but easily saved by keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Heurelho Gomes.
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Wasted opening

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Christian Benteke squares the ball for Philippe Coutinho and it seems the Brazilian is set to sidefoot in for the home side but he can only make glancing contact - a good chance goes begging.

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Can Watford respond? Let's find out as the second half gets under way...

Goal replay

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Joe Allen (24) was rewarded for his run from midfield as he met Christian Benteke's (9) knock-down from Philippe Coutinho's (10) ball into the box.

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'What a great goal it was'

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

"Watford have had a couple of decent chances and Liverpool's goal came against the run of play. But what a great goal it was, following a great move. 

"But if this was a draw neither side could complain."

HALF-TIME

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Liverpool have had most of the ball but Watford have had their chances...

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HALF-TIME

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Martin Fisher

MOTD commentator

"There's not an awful lot of quality out there but Liverpool are doing just enough. Watford's best chances have fallen to Odion Ighalo, who has been struggling recently, and he's not looked like putting any of them away."

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Watford midfielder Ben Watson is chatting to ref Lee Mason. He might be asking why his side didn't get a penalty when his shot was blocked by Martin Skrtel. Mason is probably saying because Skrtel's arm was down by his side and not in an unnatural position. 

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Greedy? Philippe Coutinho has the Watford defence backtracking as he runs at the visitors' goal and, even though he has Christian Benteke free on the right, he chooses to shoot and has his effort blocked.

'Allen is playing so well at the moment'

Liverpool 1-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

Joe Allen
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"That was a beautifully-worked goal. Lovely free-kick from Coutinho, a great Benteke knock-down and there was Joe Allen. Great finish. 

"Adding goals to his game will be another string to the bow of Allen, and it's well deserved. He's playing so well at the moment. 

"Whenever he's brought into the side, Allen adds something to Liverpool's game."

GOAL - Liverpool 1-0 Watford

Joe Allen

Joe Allen
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Philippe Coutinho sends a ball into the Watford box and Christian Benteke heads it down for Joe Allen to slide in and sidefoot home.

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Jordon Ibe doesn't see a pass to play in Reds striker Christian Benteke after Liverpool steal possession in midfield but he's fouled just outside the box to win a free-kick 22 yards out. Benteke steps up to take it and can only hit the wall before his rebound is also blocked.

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

A Watford corner falls to Almen Abdi and he lets fly with a well struck shot but Reds centre-back Martin Skrtel is again on hand to block the effort.

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

A ball over the top of Liverpool's defence is controlled well by Odion Ighalo but, before the Watford striker can get a shot away, Martin Skrtel gets in a vital tackle.

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Watford's tactics appear to be to catch Liverpool out on the counter-attack. A Reds corner quickly turns into a Hornets foray forward as Ikechi Anya charges at the Liverpool goal before sending an angled shot over.

'Benteke's had a difficult season'

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

Christian Benteke
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"This match is a great opportunity for Christian Benteke. He's had a difficult season and has scored a few goals but nowhere near enough. 

"He's going to have to start delivering soon or his Anfield career won't last much longer. Which is a shame, because I really like him."

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Ikechi Anya gives the ball away for Watford and Sheyi Ojo picks it up on the Reds right. He cuts inside and, even though his pass to Jordon Ibe is overhit, it falls to Alberto Moreno just outside the box and he sends a shot over. 

Gareth Pirlo?

Liverpool v Watford (15:00 BST)

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers once referred to Joe Allen as the Welsh Xavi but the Reds player is supporting Gareth Bale style hair and an Andrea Pirlo beard. Gareth Pirlo or Andrea Bale?

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Philippe Coutinho produces a sidestep in the Watford box before having a shot go just wide via a deflection. Watford clear the resulting corner and it's been a fast start by both teams here at Anfield. Let's hope it continues. 

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

Odion Ighalo
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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen gives the ball away to Odion Ighalo and he tries an ambitious effort from about 40 yards as he tries to catch keeper Simon Mignolet off his line. The shot is off target but not by much.

Liverpool 0-0 Watford (15:00 BST)

Troy Deeney
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An early chance for Watford. Troy Deeney plays Odion Ighalo through on goal but Alberto Moreno runs across from left-back to dispossess the Watford forward. That was a rarity - some actual defending from Moreno. 

'It's just about getting through the games'

Liverpool 0-0 Watford

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Ex-Liverpool midfielder David Thompson at Anfield

"The league position for either club is not too important now. For Liverpool, the priority is to get into Europe next season. If they can get into the Champions League via the Europa League that will be an extraordinary achievement. 

"Regarding the league, for the Reds it's just about getting through the games and making sure everyone is fit for Basel."

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Liverpool 0-0 Watford (15:00 BST)

After a top rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone and a Watford huddle, Liverpool get the match under way...

Take stat

Liverpool v Watford (16:00 BST)

  • Liverpool are on a 10-match unbeaten run at Anfield, including four Europa League wins (W7, D3).
  • The Reds have dropped an unrivalled 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.
  • Watford's only competitive win in 11 attempts against Liverpool at Anfield came in August 1999 when Tommy Mooney scored the only goal in a Premier League meeting.
  • The Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Aston Villa.