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Sadio Mane nets brace as Liverpool beat Watford, remain top of table

Sadio Mane nets brace as Liverpool beat Watford, remain top of table

Senegalese striker Mane got the party started in the ninth minute, leaping between defenders to head in from close range after a sumptuous cross from Liverpool’s marauding Trent Alexander-Arnold. The young right back provided three assists on the night.

In the 20th minute, Mane received another pass in the box from Alexander-Arnold, first appearing to lose control of the ball before then cheekily back-heeling it into the net past Watford keeper Ben Foster.

Belgian forward Divock Origi made it 3-0 in the 66th minute, cutting into the box from the left wing before firing past Foster at his near post. Dutch defender Van Dijk headed in the fourth and fifth goals late on as Watford were swept aside.

Liverpool, who had failed to score in their last two games against Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Manchester United in the Premier League, could have bagged more as Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah ran Watford ragged and hit the post.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

The result kept Liverpool top of the Premier League on 69 points, just ahead of Manchester City on 68 points after the champions’ 1-0 win over West Ham United on Wednesday.1

Liverpool had drawn three out of their last four league games to allow City back into the race, but found their full fluency and intensity again against the Hornets.

“We draw against Bayern and then United … but it’s always about showing reactions,” Klopp said.

“We want to play like this every day.”

Klopp’s opposite number Javi Gracia, who has defied expectations this season for Watford, was disappointed at his players’ failure to shackle Liverpool’s forwards.

They would have scored a consolation goal had Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker not pulled off two great second-half saves from Watford striker Andre Gray.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“It was a very demanding game,” Gracia said, praising Liverpool’s strike force. “They dominated the game, they created more chances. They deserved the victory.”