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Liverpool 2-0 Watford

Joe Allen scores for Liverpool against Watford
Joe Allen scores his third goal of the season for Liverpool

Liverpool remained eighth after they earned their first Premier League win in three games by beating Watford.

Joe Allen put the Reds in front as he guided in a Christian Benteke knock-down after Philippe Coutinho's cross.

Roberto Firmino added a second when he drove in a shot keeper Heurelho Gomes should probably have saved.

Watford's most promising chances fell to Odion Ighalo but he failed to capitalise, with his best effort seeing him shoot into the side-netting.

Relive Liverpool's win over Watford

Liverpool youngsters show their worth

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp made eight changes from the Europa League semi-final win over Villarreal on Thursday and, unlike in the defeat at Swansea after the first leg, his support cast showed their promise.

Midfielder Kevin Stewart, 22, impressed with his work-rate and 18-year-old Sheyi Ojo produced some neat touches on the right wing as he also played a part in the build-up to Firmino's goal.

Cameron Brannagan, 19, came on and provided a chance for Christian Benteke, who failed to make proper contact with his far-post header.

"I'm really pleased for the young lads," said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"In another situation you don't get these opportunities but we can give them. It's good for all of them."

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.
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

Wasteful Watford

There are question marks over the future of Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores and his side could have helped his cause had they taken some of their chances at Anfield.

Ighalo was the main culprit as he showed the lack of confidence of a striker without a league goal since 23 January.

The Hornets forward was twice well-placed in the first half but was dispossessed by Alberto Moreno and Martin Skrtel. When he did get in a shot after a neat bit of skill to sidestep Moreno, it was saved by keeper Simon Mignolet.

"In the first half, we created chances and didn't take them," said Watford midfielder Ben Watson. "We came out second half and gave it a real go, and were unlucky not to get anything out of the game.

"There's been loads of talk of late [about the manager]. All of the boys are behind the manager."

Man of the match - Joe Allen

Joe Allen has been involved in two goals in his past three league appearances (scored one, assisted one) which is as many as in his previous 36
Joe Allen (centre) has been involved in two goals in his past three league appearances (scored one, assisted one) which is as many as in his previous 36

What they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "We deserved to win. We scored nice goals at the right moment. Everything is OK."

Klopp has been in charge for 49 of Liverpool's 60 games this season and added: "Usually, where I come from, you need one and a half years to have 49 games."

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores: "During the match we had chances. We were competitive but we need to remove the little mistakes."

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The stats you need to know

  • Liverpool have scored in each of their past 12 Premier League games, their best scoring run since April 2014 (25).
  • Roberto Firmino has been involved in 17 Premier League goals this season (scored 10, assisted seven), more than any other Liverpool player.
  • Christian Benteke has had a hand in three goals in his past four top-flight games, assisting one (v Watford) and scoring two.
  • Sheyi Ojo has provided three assists in his four Premier League starts for Liverpool.
  • The Hornets have failed to score in nine Premier League games in 2016, a total second only to Norwich City (10).
  • Watford have also bagged a joint-league low 12 top-flight goals in 2016 (level with Aston Villa).

What next?

Both these side are in action on Wednesday, with Liverpool playing their last home game of the season when they host Chelsea (20:00 BST), while Watford visit relegation-battling Norwich (19:45 BST).

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 38FlanaganBooked at 63mins
  • 37Skrtel
  • 21Leiva
  • 18MorenoSubstituted forRandallat 88'minutes
  • 35Stewart
  • 24Allen
  • 54OjoSubstituted forBrannaganat 78'minutes
  • 33Ibe
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forRoberto Firminoat 61'minutes
  • 9Benteke

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 11Roberto Firmino
  • 15Sturridge
  • 32Brannagan
  • 34Bogdan
  • 56Randall
  • 68Chirivella

Watford

  • 1Gomes
  • 15Cathcart
  • 5Prödl
  • 3BritosBooked at 59mins
  • 21Anya
  • 22AbdiSubstituted forN Amrabatat 69'minutes
  • 4SuárezSubstituted forGuédiouraat 53'minutes
  • 23Watson
  • 7JuradoSubstituted forBerghuisat 57'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 24Ighalo
  • 9Deeney

Substitutes

  • 2Nyom
  • 11N Amrabat
  • 14Paredes
  • 16Aké
  • 17Guédioura
  • 18Pantilimon
  • 20Berghuis
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
43,341

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamWatford
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 2, Watford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, Watford 0.

Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nordin Amrabat (Watford).

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Sebastian Prödl (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Connor Randall replaces Alberto Moreno.

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sebastian Prödl.

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Troy Deeney (Watford).

Kevin Stewart (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Attempt blocked. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Brannagan with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Heurelho Gomes.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Foul by Kevin Stewart (Liverpool).

Adlène Guédioura (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Odion Ighalo (Watford) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nordin Amrabat with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Cameron Brannagan replaces Sheyi Ojo.

Attempt missed. Miguel Britos (Watford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Berghuis with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

Attempt saved. Odion Ighalo (Watford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Berghuis.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 2, Watford 0. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sheyi Ojo.

Offside, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino tries a through ball, but Martin Skrtel is caught offside.

Booking

Steven Berghuis (Watford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Steven Berghuis (Watford).

Attempt saved. Steven Berghuis (Watford) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Troy Deeney.

Corner, Watford. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

Substitution

Substitution, Watford. Nordin Amrabat replaces Almen Abdi.

Attempt missed. Almen Abdi (Watford) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

Almen Abdi (Watford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Ben Watson (Watford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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