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BREAKING: 19th-Placed Watford End Liverpool’s Unbeaten Run

Watford’s Senegalese midfielder Ismaila Sarr (2R) scores the group’s first objective in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Street Stadium in Watford, north of London on February 29, 2020. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP

 

English Premier League leaders Liverpool ended their unbeaten run after they fell to 19th-placed rivals Watford on Saturday.

The match, which was Liverpool’s 28th league recreation, ended Three-Zero in favour of The Hornets.

Coach Jurgen Klopp’s facet recorded their first defeat of the season after profitable 26 of their final 27 league matches with one draw.

The match had resulted in a goalless attract half time earlier than Ismaila Sarr’s double and Troy Deeney’s strike, all in lower than 20 minutes, dashed Liverpool’s hopes of profitable the title unbeaten in contrast to ‘The Invisibles’ of 2003-04 season.

It was the primary time the Champions League title holders would fall to a defeat within the Premier League since January 2019.

Regardless of the loss, Klopp’s males nonetheless get pleasure from a 22-point lead on the high of the desk, though their sluggish return from a two-week winter break earlier in February was lastly punished.

 

After single-goal victories over struggling Norwich and West Ham both facet of a Champions League defeat at Atletico Madrid, Liverpool had been thrashed by a relegation-threatened facet at Vicarage Street.

A 55-point hole separated the edges earlier than kick-off, however the out-of-sorts guests did not muster even a single effort on objective within the first 45 minutes.

Gerard Deulofeu’s dipping effort simply didn’t come down in time because it landed on the roof of the online earlier than he teed up Abdoulaye Doucoure, who noticed his shot deflected behind by Virgil van Dijk.

Deulofeu then needed to be stretchered off with a nasty wanting knee damage that appears sure to finish his season.

Watford’s heads didn’t drop with out one in all their most harmful gamers, although, as solely Alisson Becker’s fleetness of foot allowed the Brazilian worldwide to avoid wasting from Deeney deep into first-half stoppage time.

Andy Robertson’s pushed effort lastly pressured Ben Foster right into a save early within the second half, however simply as Liverpool had been starting to construct up a head of steam, they had been stung by two fast strikes by Sarr.

Firstly, the Senegalese beat Robertson to Doucoure’s low cross to stab dwelling on the close to submit.

Six minutes later, Sarr had an excessive amount of tempo for a flat-footed Liverpool defence as he raced onto Deeney’s by ball and confirmed unbelievable composure to elevate the ball over the advancing Alisson.

Sarr additionally had an enormous half to play in Watford’s third as he pounced on a brief passback and had the imaginative and prescient to pick Deeney, who lofted the ball nonchalantly over Alisson to make it Three-Zero.

Watford had thrown away a lead in three of their final 4 Premier League video games to fall again into the underside three.

However they by no means seemed in any hazard of doing so once more as they moved again out of the relegation zone on objective distinction.

Sarr ought to even have had a well-known hat-trick along with his last contact as he curled large when one-on-one with Alisson.

Nevertheless, that was the one gloss lacking from a wonderful evening for Watford as Liverpool stay 4 wins away from the title.

AFP

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