Liverpool kicked off their Premier League campaign on saturday against Watford with a dissapointing draw. In what will be an important season for the club, they will be hoping to put this behind them quickly.
Klopp has had plenty of time with Liverpool by now. Under his reign, many players have joined Klopp’s project and many others have left. Klopp’s tactics surely ought to have been ascertained by most of his players by now, making a poor result come down to his tactics more and more. With the Premier League being a league comprised of many able football clubs, every point matters, so a win at Watford’s ground would’ve been very welcome for Liverpool.
Almost straight from kick-off and already a familiar sight which has often given the Liverpool side nightmares occurred; a goal from a corner. The corner was hit into the six-yard box with a fair bit of pace and Okaka headed the ball towards goal, it hit Mignolet and went into the net. Mignolet should have gone and dealt with the cross, but perhaps due to nervousness due to it being the first match of the season, he did not.
A while later, however, Liverpool struck back. Mane dribbled with the ball a few yards behind the 18-yard box and with a few quick passes with Emre Can, he was through on goal and he buried it into the net. It was a truly brilliant goal. Watford had many people in defence yet with a bit of creativity Liverpool solved the puzzle. If that similar type of play were to be repeated, Liverpool would be well ahead.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, however, Watford would score another goal. Another cross, this time on the ground, though, goes across the Liverpool box, the defence failed to deal with it properly and Doucoure slotted home.
Other than two chances where he hit the ball way above the goal, Liverpool’s new signing Salah failed to make a great impact and considering that Liverpool were struggling to make chances, more could have been expected of the £40m signing.
The second half started and very quickly, Liverpool were awarded a penalty. The man who had a quiet half, Salah, took the ball Gomes in the Watford goal and got tripped. Firmino put the kick very calmly into the bottom left corner.
Liverpool then took the lead, a long ball goes to Firmino when there are few Watford defenders at the back, he crosses a high ball to Salah, who then puts it into the net.
After Salah’s goal, whether it was due to the Liverpool players gaining more confidence because of that goal, or that Watford now have to send more players up the pitch due to them losing, perhaps even a bit of both, Liverpool’s attack was electrifying. Almost every one of their attacks looked like they could have resulted in a goal. They just couldn’t find the net though and the score remained at 3-2.
In added time, Watford made the score 3-3 from another corner kick. Liverpool couldn’t clear the ball again, the ball fell to a yellow shirt and after some confusion, Britos hit it in. Watford didn’t give up; they kept on playing until the end and got their rewards.
And like that, Liverpool end up drawing their first football match of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign. The Liverpool attack played far better than they did in the first half, scoring double the goals and the Liverpool defence were able to pretty well until the last watford goal. By no means did Liverpool play a perfect match, but there were certainly good signs. If Liverpool could continue the good things from this match and discontinue the bad things, they’ll surely have a good season.