Diogo Jota scored another headed goal to help Liverpool produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Jota opened the scoring with his seventh header of the season in the 22nd minute before Fabinho sealed the three points from the penalty spot in the 89th minute. The win put Liverpool at top of the table with Manchester City scheduled to play later on in the day.
Watford boss Roy Hodgson: “I think there was a lot to admire in the performance. I’m a little bit saddened by that VAR penalty decision at the end because there was no appeal from any Liverpool player for a penalty. Jurgen and I had no idea what they were checking or what they were doing. I don’t really think that is what VAR is about. VAR has done some good things this season, but it’s not about giving a team a second goal in the 88th minute. To some extent, destroying a feeling we might have had that 1-0 up, we might have created a chance or so in that last few minutes. That’s the only sad note for me.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “It was exactly like that. Everybody wants an analysis of the game, I will not deliver that, I’m not interested today because we had to get through this. A big compliment to Watford and especially Roy [Hodgson], who when we’ll bring him back when he’s 80 will still set up and organize a team in a really good way. They defended the spaces really well and we could’ve definitely done better, but it’s not too interesting today. We needed maturity and desire. The counter-press was the best I’ve seen for a long time, but with the ball we could’ve been slightly more creative offering more runs in behind.”
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