Premier League – Liverpool put pressure on City in the lead by beating Watford (2-0)

Liverpool temporarily take control of the championship. This Saturday afternoon, the Reds beat Watford (2-0), during the 31st day of the Premier League. At Anfield, Diogo Jota’s goal (22nd) launched his own, while the break only came at the very end of the game, with a penalty converted by Fabinho (89th).

In the standings, Jürgen Klopp’s men therefore take first place, two lengths ahead of Manchester City, traveling to Burnley’s lawn at 4 p.m. The Hornets, meanwhile, remain 18th and first relegated.

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The Reds were on a mission. This mission was simple, it was not necessary to lose this meeting against the men of Roy Hodgson. From the kick-off, Liverpool had already fulfilled it, insofar as a simple draw allowed them to ascend the throne.

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Liverpool made their efficiency speak for themselves

But the 2020 English champions necessarily wanted more. On a very fine cross from Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota was able to find the solution, with an uncrossed header, also taking advantage of the failed exit from Ben Foster, for the opener (22nd, 1-0). He has now scored seven of his 23 Premier League goals for Liverpool with a header.

Formidably efficient, Jürgen Klopp’s men could have doubled the lead, in the first act, still through the Portuguese, but this time the opposing goalkeeper won his duel, despite the strike from the left of the former resident of Wolves (38th). Liverpool confiscated the ball (72% possession), but remained within reach of their opponent, not taking cover, at the level of the scoreboard.

Finally, this famous and long-awaited break goal arrived, at the very end of the game. Decidedly in all good shots, Diogo Jota caused a penalty, after a collision with Juraj Kucka, in the penalty area. A penalty confirmed after intervention by the VAR and after verification of the images by the referee himself. In the absence of Mohamed Salah, replaced during the match, Fabinho knew how to take his responsibilities, scoring with a strong shot from the right foot, full skylight (89th, 2-0).

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Opposite, Watford played with its means, and was even the first to find the frame. After a first header from Cucho Hernandez easily captured by Alisson (13th), the Liverpool goalkeeper then saved his people, ahead of Juraj Kucka (22nd). A more than decisive action, since in the extension of it, the Reds therefore then unblocked the situation.

Liverpool have won ten consecutive Premier League games, becoming the second team in the competition’s history to achieve such a streak five times, after Manchester City (also five). After the evening of the sixth day, the Mersey club once again took the lead. The pressure has now changed shoulders. To regain his throne, Manchester City is therefore condemned to win. Under penalty of passing from the position of hunted to that of hunter.

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