EPL 2016/17: Liverpool 6-1 Watford: Player Ratings
Liverpool went top of the Premier League with a brilliant 6-1 win over Watford at Anfield. The home side displayed exhilarating attacking football throughout the game with all players linking up very well in attack, and the team could have finished with a double-digit goal tally in the match.
The visitors, while thoroughly outplayed by Liverpool, did give some fight and returned with a consolation goal to show for their efforts.
Missing out on a clean sheet yet again will irk Jurgen Klopp, but seeing his side go into the international break at the top of the table with the highest goals tally and a healthy goal difference will certainly please the manager.
We look at how each player fared in the match.
Loris Karius – 7.5/10
The Liverpool keeper had a much needed solid and convincing game, after a run of some nervy matches in recent times. Karius made some excellent saves, especially in the second half against Capoue. Wasn’t able to keep a clean sheet, but he couldn’t have done much to prevent the Watford goal.
Nathaniel Clyne – 7/10
It was a typical no-frills performance by the ever-reliable Clyne, as he offered solidity at the back when required and regularly made forward runs to help the attack.
Lucas Leiva – 7/10
Picked by Klopp to deputise for the missing Lovren ahead of Klavan, Lucas did the needful by slotting in the defence and using his experience to neutralise Watford’s attacks. However, he will rue missing out on a great chance early in the game to score his first goal in six years.
Joel Matip – 7/10
Matip’s performance in the game again proved that his signature on a free transfer was very shrewd business by Liverpool. The defender was solid and composed at the back and didn’t allow Deeney and Ighalo to have freedom to trouble the goal.
James Milner – 7/10
The versatile Milner returned to slot in at left-back again after illness and was very effective on the left flank, making frequent attacking runs and providing cover at the back.
Emre Can – 7.5/10
The German midfielder seems to be getting close to his best after recovering from injury, which limited his game time earlier in the season. Can scored a third Liverpool goal with a fine header, and consistently made runs into the Watford box.
Jordan Henderson – 8/10
While the Liverpool captain’s performance was overshadowed by that of the attackers, Henderson enjoyed another fine game in the midfield as he controlled the game in the middle and made important interceptions.
Adam Lallana – 8.5/10
Lallana made his mark in the game with two assists (which included an excellent cross for Can’s goal), and constant pressing at the front. His efforts were applauded by the Kop when he was taken off in the 70th minute.
Sadio Mane – 8.5/10
Mane continues to enhance his reputation at Liverpool with two goals and constant involvement in attack build up. The Watford defence often struggled to handle his pace and movement.
Philippe Coutinho – 9/10
The Little Magician continued his brilliant form and ran the show in the game. While Coutinho will rue missing out on some excellent goal-scoring chances, he did get on the scoresheet with a fantastic strike and also assisted the opening goal.
Roberto Firmino – 8.5/10
Coutinho’s Brazilian compatriot, Firmino, also enjoyed a fine game as he scored one and created two goals. He was a constant threat for the Watford defense and could have had more goals in the game
Georgino Wijnaldum – 7/10
Wijnaldum came on in the 63rd minute and ensured the there was no respite for the Watford defence from the Liverpool attack. The midfielder scored in the stoppage time, to score his first Liverpool goal.
Daniel Sturridge – 7/10
Unable to find a spot in the starting XI, Sturridge came on in the 71st minute and was unlucky to not score. Some fine keeping by Pantilimon meant that Sturridge is still yet to score in the league this season, but his performance will encourage Klopp to give more game time to the striker.
Ovie Ejaria – N/A
The teenager came on in the 87th minute to make his Premier League debut.