Liverpool had won their previous four opening day fixtures heading into the one at Vicarage road against a team that had never won an opening day fixture. Liverpool handed youngster Alexander Arnold as well as summer signing Mohammed Sallah respective debuts while it’s more of the same for Marco Silva’s Watford.
Like the first fixture, it didn’t take long for a goal to be registered as Stefano Okaka headed in from Holebas corner to shock bookies. Liverpool didn’t offer much going forward as Watford threatened to compound to their misery. Sights of Dutchman Janmaat limping off so early was however damaging as Sadio Mane found his mojo one minute before the half hour mark with a beauty of a confident curler off an intelligent Emre Can flick.
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Like the first fixture again it didn’t last as Watford found the lead again just three minutes later as Dacoure latched on to a loose ball in the Liverpool area to go into the break ahead and in charge.
It didn’t pan out as planned for Watford in the second half however as they surrendered their lead early on. Emre Can found Sallah in space and the Egyptian was hacked down by Huerellio Gomes, from the spot, Firminho made no mistakes, sending his countryman the wrong way; seems to be a season of quick fire double already as it only took three minutes for Liverpool to surge in front for the first time on the day, Firminho once again set up by the impressive Emre Can with Gomes on rushing, Firminho lobbed but the effort was heading out before Sallah on his debut bundled in with little resistance from Britos, 3:2 and it was all to fight for.
Marco Silva sent on record signing Andy Gray having handed debut to Brazilian Richarlison moments earlier for Okaka, it was Liverpool however that looked the likelier to score; First, Matip’s header from a corner cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and Lovren was denied by a smart Gomes tip, there was a scare for Watford when Kaboul limped heavily with Watford done with substitutions but he managed to continue.
With five minutes announced as added time, Liverpool brought on Origi, Milner and Gomes, taking off Firminho, Sallah and Alexander Arnold who had a game to remember with impressive runs but it wasn’t to be for a win as Britos bundled in from a Cholevas corner with questions of offside ignored. Six goals evenly shared… two points dropped for Liverpool at Vicarage.