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Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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Liverpool 2-0 Watford

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Liverpool moved above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off at Anfield.

The Reds knew that victory would see them leapfrog City, who face Burnley later in the day, for the first time since November 27 – even if only for hours.

Diogo Jota headed in from a Joe Gomez cross after 22 minutes to open the scoring, and substitute Fabinho sealed a battling win with a penalty in the final minute.

Liverpool has now won 10 league games in a row ahead of next weekend’s massive showdown with City, who are two points worse off with their game at Turf Moor.

In the early stages of the game, Watford more than held their own and would have been in front if not for a good stop from Alisson to deny Juraj Kucka.

That proved a vast save as, a little over 30 seconds later, right-back Gomez – filling in for Trent Alexander-Arnold – whipped in a cross for Jota to turn in from four yards.

Jota nearly made it 15 league goals for the season shortly after, only to be denied by Ben Foster when he had Jordan Henderson screaming out for the pass alongside him.

In action for the first time in three weeks, Watford continued to cause Liverpool problems as Joao Pedro fired wide in plenty of space once played in by Ismaila Sarr.

Jota saw a couple of headed chances come and go, but Fabinho made sure of the win.

When thumping in a late penalty, awarded for Kucka dragging down Jota in the box.

What does it mean? Reds set up a compelling showdown.

Liverpool was never at their best but got the job done to become the second club, after City, to record five different runs of 10 or more victories in the Premier League era.

The Reds have kept eight clean sheets during that incredible run and will head to the Etihad Stadium next weekend with the wind in their sails.

They have now won 13 of their 14 home league games against Watford.

While Watford remains in the relegation zone and is running out of fixtures to drag themselves out of danger.

Gomez fills Trent’s void.

No player has scored more opening goals in the Premier League this season than Jota (six), who had a brilliant Gomez cross from the right to thank for his latest headed goal.

That was Gomez’s first assist in the top flight since December 2017 and means Liverpool has had 22 players involved in league goals this term, two more than any other side.

Salah’s off-day.

Salah had previously been directly involved in 11 goals in seven league games against Watford, averaging a goal involvement every 57 minutes, but he was off the pace here.

He suffered World Cup qualifying heartbreak with Egypt in the week, and that perhaps told as he failed to find the target from any of his three attempts.

What’s next?

Liverpool travels to Benfica for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Watford host Leeds United on their return to league action in a week.

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