Player Ratings: Watford 3-3 Liverpool
Watford snatched a stoppage time equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.
Liverpool had come from behind to lead 3-2 but sloppy defending cos them two points.
Watford took advantage of some woeful defending from a corner to go in front through Stefano Okaka’s close range header after only eight minutes. Sadio Mané equalised just before the half hour mark with a fine finish into the far corner following an elegant flick from Emre Can. The Reds were level for less than three minutes as Abdoulaye Doucouré restored Watford’s lead from close range.
Big summer signing Mohamed Salah won a penalty 10 minutes into the second half which Robero Firmino converted. The Brazilian returned the favour two minutes later when he set up Salah’s goal. It was not until the third minute of stoppage time until the next goal. After Simon Mignolet had needlessly punch a central effort out for a corner, Watford snatched a point with Miguel Britos heading home from the goalline after Richarlison’s effort had been tipped onto the underside of the bar.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Watford 3-3 Liverpool:
Simon Mignolet 5 – Poor defending was to blame for Liverpool’s two goals but Simon Mignolet could do little about either. The Belgian could have dealt with a stoppage time effort much better than the corner he conceded from which Watford snatched a point.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 7 – Not involved in either goal defensively and put a couple of nice crosses into the Watford box. Solid defensively. Unlucky with second goal.
Joël Matip 5 – Strangely didn’t challenge for the ball that went over his head for Watford’s opener. Hit the underside of the Watford crossbar from a corner.
Dejan Lovren 6 – Was watching Okaka before the corner came in from which the striker scored, but didn’t go with him. Made a number of clearances and forced a good save out of Gomes.
Alberto Moreno 6 – Watford’s second goal came from Alberto Moreno’s side. The Spanish left-back did test Gomes with a long-range effort.
Jordan Henderson 6 – Was quite sloppy in possession today., Jordan Henderson wasn’t very effective breaking up Watford’s possession in the middle of the park either.
Emre Can 6 – Great flick to setup Sadio Mané’s equaliser, made a couple of tackles and helped to start some attacks.
Georginio Wijnaldum 4 – Lazy defending on Watford’s second goal as he could have stuck with Abdoulaye Doucouré to prevent the tap in. Was very poor defensively, conceded possession a few times and didn’t test Gomes with either of his efforts.
Mohamed Salah 7 – Had a terrible first half with some poor passing and woeful efforts on goal from good positions. Turned his game around after the break by winning the penalty from which Roberto Firmino equaliser before scoring the goal that gave Liverpool their only lead of the game.
Roberto Firmino 7 – Didn’t pick up Stefano Okaka for Watford’s opener. Not greatly involved before the three-minute spell which he scored a penalty and assisted Salah’s goal.
Sadio Mané 8 – Fine finish for his goal in the first half, created the odd chance for teammates and won a number of free kicks.
Divock Origi (10 mins) N/A – Brought on at 3-2 to hit Watford on the counter but barely touched the ball.
James Milner (5 mins) N/A – Came on for Mohamed Salah to help see out the victory but it never happened.
Joe Gomez (1 min) N/A – Brought on in the final minute to help run the clock down but Watford still found time to equalise.