News ID: 262934
Published: 0254 GMT December 14, 2019

Salah double seals victory over Watford for Reds

Salah double seals victory over Watford for Reds
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Mohamed Salah (R) scores Liverpool’s opener during a 2-0 victory over Watford at Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, on December 14, 2019.

Liverpool claimed a battling Premier League home victory over struggler Watford on Saturday in Nigel Pearson's first game in charge.

Mohamed Salah scored twice, curling the ball into the far corner for the opener before flicking in a late second in the final minute of normal time at Anfield, BBC Sport reported.

Watford missed chances in both halves too, while Liverpool's Sadio Mane had a header ruled out for offside following a review by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Liverpool remains unbeaten in the league this season while Watford sits six points from safety at the bottom of the table.

The Reds were made to work for their victory though – goalkeeper Alisson making smart saves after the break, while Watford's Ismaila Sarr also wasted a huge chance.

Salah squandered opportunities of his own too, but Liverpool did enough to pick up its 16th victory of the season.

 

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It wasn't pretty, but once again Liverpool got the job done.

Jurgen Klopp's side has made Anfield a fortress and it was clear from the opening few minutes that it was going to dominate possession and break Watford down.

But the chances were few for Liverpool in a first half that saw Watford defend in numbers and remain compact.

Watford had chances on the break but didn't take them – Will Hughes dragging a shot wide and Etienne Capoue having an effort blocked in the box.

And in the end it was Liverpool which capitalized with a break of its own - the front three of Roberto Firmino, Mane and Salah combining for the opener.

Sarr then missed a golden opportunity to equalize five minutes later and Liverpool keeper Alisson had to make two smart close-range saves early in the second half.

The Anfield crowd, who were frustrated at times by a lack of intensity and sloppiness, grew anxious as the game wore on – Virgil Van Dijk almost passing the ball into his own net following a mix up with Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being caught out of possession on the right.

But the European champion, which is chasing a first league title in 30 years, was carrying winning momentum and victory here at Anfield leaves it heading into the new year with a healthy lead at the top of the table.

 

 

 

 

   
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