Liverpool registered a dominant 5-0 win over Watford in their Premier League clash on Saturday.
Liverpool registered a dominant 5-0 win over Watford in their Premier League clash on Saturday.

Watford 0-5 Liverpool: Reds player ratings from a five-star rout of the Hornets | Premier League 2021-22

Vaibhav Joshi
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Liverpool put the dampener on Claudio Ranieri’s return to the Premier League by thrashing his Watford side 5-0 on Saturday afternoon.

Roberto Firmino’s hat-trick was added to by goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot at Vicarage Road. With the win, the Reds move to the top of the table.

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Having started the game on the front foot, the Reds raced into the lead through Mane’s well-taken ninth-minute opener. The rest of the half played out in much the same fashion, with Liverpool doubling their advantage through Firmino in the 37th minute.

The Brazilian doubled his tally soon after the restart before Salah lit up the tie by adding a sumptuous fourth two minutes later. Virtually assured of the three points, Liverpool then took their foot off the gas for most of the second half.

However, a late foray forward saw Firmino complete his hat-trick as he wrapped up the rout for the Reds. In the process, Liverpool dealt Ranieri his worst defeat in the English top flight.

5 - Claudio Ranieri suffered his biggest ever Premier League defeat, while no manager whose first game with a club in the competition came at home has suffered a bigger margin of defeat (also Alan Smith with Crystal Palace v Liverpool in August 1994, 1-6). Frosty.
6:57 AM · Oct 16, 2021
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On that note, here are the Liverpool player ratings from their dominant display.


Caoimhin Kelleher: 5/10

Drafted in to replace the quarantining Alisson, Kelleher was only marginally more involved in the game than his absent teammate. Rarely called into action, the Irishman registered one of the most comfortable clean sheets of his fledgling career.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6/10

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Alexander-Arnold, given the freedom of the right flank on his return from injury, took full advantage of that in an excellent attacking display. The Englishman was taken off just after the hour mark as Liverpool looked to rest key players ahead of a tough run of fixtures.

Joel Matip: 6/10

Matip continues to justify his selection in the Liverpool side ahead of Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate.

Barely troubled by Watford’s attackers, Matip regularly brought the ball out from the back with calmness and confidence. The classy centre-back completed the most passes (101) in the game, racking up an impressive 93% pass accuracy to boot too.

Virgil van Dijk: 6/10

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Van Dijk was a rock in the Liverpool defence, hardly allowing anything to go past him on the rare occasions Watford ventured forward.

Andrew Robertson: 6/10

The Scotsman was a livewire down Liverpool’s left flank, constantly bombing forward in support of his attackers. Like Alexander-Arnold on the opposite flank, Robertson was given an early breather with more demanding games on the horizon.

James Milner: 6/10

The ageless Milner started the game in midfield, marking a characteristically energetic display with an assist for Firmino’s goal. In the process, he became the oldest Liverpool player to provide an assist in the Premier League.

35y 285d - James Milner is the oldest player to assist a goal for Liverpool in the Premier League since Gary McAllister in October 2001 (36y 299d v Leicester). Timeless.
5:44 AM · Oct 16, 2021

He then showcased his versatility by slotting in at right-back for a while before going off late on in the game. During his time on the pitch, Milner created more chances (4) and made more interceptions (2) than any of his Liverpool teammates.

Jordan Henderson: 5/10

Playing the deepest of Liverpool’s midfield three, Henderson turned in a solid performance, winning tackles and keeping the ball moving swiftly.

Naby Keita: 5/10

Keita delivered another busy performance, making an impact at both ends of the pitch without really grabbing the headlines.

Mohamed Salah: 7/10

Salah started the game like a man on a mission, and continued in the same vein, tormenting Danny Rose throughout the game. The Egyptian marked a spectacular display with a gorgeous assist and a second breathtaking goal in as many games.

Mohamed Salah's game by numbers vs. Watford:

68 touches
5 shots
3 shots on target
3 ball recoveries
3 take-ons completed
2 chances created
1 assist
1 goal

Another sublime performance.
6:56 AM · Oct 16, 2021

Roberto Firmino: 8/10

Firmino took home the match ball for his excellent hat-trick.

Often the man whose unselfish play helps his fellow attackers reap the rewards, Firmino filled his boots on this occasion. The Brazilian striker bagged an excellent hat-trick in addition to claiming the assist for Salah’s strike. It was only the second hat-trick of his career, with Firmino becoming the Brazilian to net multiple Premier League hat-tricks.

3 - Roberto Firmino has scored the second hat-trick of his career in the Premier League (also v Arsenal in December 2018), becoming the only Brazilian to have netted multiple hat-tricks in the competition. Samba.
6:54 AM · Oct 16, 2021

Sadio Mane: 7/10

Mane set Liverpool on their way with a landmark 100th Premier League goal, and looked threatening throughout, also setting up one of Firmino’s three strikes. Incredibly, none of Mane's strikes in the competition have come from the spot, making him only the third player in Premier League history to achieve the feat.

100 - Sadio Mané has now scored 100 goals in the Premier League, and in the meantime become only the third player to reach 100+ Premier League goals without any of them being penalties, after Les Ferdinand (149) and Emile Heskey (110). Earned.
5:11 AM · Oct 16, 2021

Ratings of Liverpool substitutes against Watford:

Kostas Tsimikas: 4/10

Tsimikas replaced Robertson midway through the second half, but struggled to make as much of an impact in the game.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5/10

Oxlade-Chamberlain showcased energy and desire in his second-half cameo without making too much of an impact on proceedings.

Neco Williams: 5/10

On for the final five minutes, the young Welshman found the time to grab an assist as he set up Firmino’s third.


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