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Liverpool dismantle Watford to go top

Liverpool dismantled Watford at Anfield on Sunday afternoon, moving top of the Premier League table with a 6-1 victory.
A scintillating showing was rewarded with goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can in the first half, with Roberto Firmino, Mane again and Georginio Wijnaldum netting in the second period.

However, Daryl Janmaat grabbed a consolation goal for the visitors late on, as Liverpool’s search for a second clean sheet of the season eludes them.

The hosts dominated the opening stages, Coutinho, Firmino and Mane cutting through the Watford defence.
The former dragged a shot wide which really should have hit the target, and also saw a strike crash against the bar – although he was called offside.

Lucas really should have opened the scoring, but fired straight at the diving Gomes from two yards out after a corner fell to him in the area.

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Firmino and Mane both went close as the Reds attacked again and again, and the opening goal finally came – Mane sending a wonderful header past Gomes after a well worked short corner.

And before too long the lead was doubled, Coutinho tearing through the centre of the pitch, before drilling a low strike which beat Gomes before he even had time to dive.

That was Gomes’ last action, as he was replaced by Costel Pantilimon with an apparent leg injury, and the Romanian stopper was beaten minutes before the break as Liverpool took a three-goal lead.

A lovely break resulted in Lallana crossing to the far post, with Can there to head back across the face of goal and into the far corner.

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