LIVERPOOL won a game two nil in a relatively no-nonsense manner.
Some of the passing was a bit off but it was very hot. One of those times when the crowd were wearing less than the players.
It was holiday weather, but to describe the players as being on the beach would be unfair. Watford were committed, tough and fairly dangerous on the break. They needed beating and we did. Up the professional Reds.
Simon Mignolet 8
It’s an absolutely outstanding save at 1-0. Was even congratulated by Troy Deeney. Flapped a little at a corner later on but can be proud of his role in the win.
Jon Flanagan 6
Looked quicker to me. Got about the pitch much better.
Alberto Moreno 6
Great covering tackle early on. Good effort considering Thursday’s exertions.
Martin Skrtel 6
Got caught wrong side a couple of times, but generally fine. Especially considering what happened to them at their place.
Lucas Leiva 7
A couple of moments when he didn’t look at all like a centre half, but individually as a performance was very good. Great tackle second half in a dangerous situation.
Kevin Stewart 6
A bit shaky first half but improved second and has a very good last twenty. Seems to have added a couple of tricks that move him away from a pressing midfielder with a shimmy.
Joe Allen 7
Slow to start but ran the show first half once he got going. Bit quieter second half but had his goal by then.
Philippe Coutinho 6
Linked up well with Benteke. Nice run out for him.
Sheyi Ojo 6
Thought he started well but drifted a bit. Shows a great understanding of the game when he drops deep.
Jordon Ibe 5
Seems to be overthinking everything he does which makes him too ponderous. Frightened of making mistakes.
Christian Benteke 7
Great for the opener and a good focal point throughout. Movement and general positioning much better.
Roberto Firmino 7
Seemed unsure of how hard to try at first before realising being good is fun. ‘Keeper should probably save his shot, but the record books don’t care about that.
Cameron Brannagan 6
Probably not his ideal position so can be happy considering. So close to an assist at the end.
Connor Randall N/A
Not on long enough, but good to see him get a run.