English Premier League Report: Watford v Liverpool 12 August 2017

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2017

"At this moment I am just concentrating on my team".

Stefano Okaka headed home from a corner to give Watford an early lead and Abdoulaye Doucoure later restored Watford's advantage after Sadio Mane had equalised for Liverpool with a superb goal.

Bar Sadio Mane's determination to instruct the manager's "simple and quick" rule, which led to the Senegal worldwide creating and finishing Liverpool's equaliser after Stefani Okaka opened the scoring, they looked decidedly average before the interval and invited Watford to exploit their weaknesses. We're all that type at different times.

Coutinho sent the transfer request via e-mail to Michael Edward, who is Liverpool's sporting director and soon the sage unfolded.

Liverpool's preparations were hit on Friday when star playmaker Philippe Coutinho submitted a transfer request, but Klopp said he was not thinking about the Brazilian's future. That decide, for example, just in general, if we sell a player or we don't sell him.

If he is to force his way out then Liverpool will need to work quickly to replace him. Coutinho is a doubt for the match because of injury.

Liverpool sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014, after the Uruguay striker pushed for a move away from Anfield.

And in a further blow for Klopp, Southampton are adamant they will not do business with the Reds over Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool's defence was scythed open by Roberto Pereyra, whose shot was narrowly deflected wide by a flailing Dejan Lovren. They've confirmed the signings of Will Hughes, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kiko Femenia, Daniel Bachmann, Tom Cleverley, Richarlison and Andre Gray.

With the two full-backs also sitting deep and maintaining positional discipline, Liverpool were limited to long, hopeful balls into a forward line not set up for that sort of service. "If you want to win the Premier League, you've got to be conceding 30-35 goals".

Mo Salah still has some convincing to do...

... They have had a pre-season and nothing has changed. I was not happy in the first half with the situation; it was very physical and Watford were too often the winners in these situations. Salah struggled to get the timing of his runs right, while much of the visitors' approach play was disjointed.

"The second half was a lot better".

Last season, Watford finished 17th, narrowly avoiding the drop. A stunning summer for the Hornets.

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