Liverpool’s long unbeaten run is finally over, and we’re not sure that many would have expected a struggling Watford side to be the first domestic side to get the better of the Champions elect this season.
However, that is exactly what happened, the Hornets running out 3-0 winners against the runaway league leaders, a victory that was as deserving as it was resounding.
Liverpool came into the game in almost flawless form, winning 26 of their 27 league games, while having also equalled Man City’s record of 18 successive wins. However, their mounting list of records came grinding to an unexpected halt, Ismaila Sarr netting twice before Troy Deeney rounded off the scoring, as Watford took advantage of some uncharacteristically poor defending from the Premier League leaders.
Speaking afterwards, Jurgen Klopp admitted his side simply ‘were not good enough’, though was pleased his side didn’t become overly frustrated in defeat.
“They did exactly what they wanted to do, we did not. That’s how football works,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“The first half was a tough one, a lot of second balls, running here and there, we had the ball a lot but we didn’t come in the right positions to cross, the right positions to finish, against a really good, organised side, with a top set-up for this game.
“You have to accept it, it’s not so easy, but it’s the proof we were not good enough tonight. It’s always very difficult. We have to accept if after.
“In the game, you have to fight. We were 3-0 down but we still tried, there were no silly situations where somebody got frustrated and tried to kick someone.
“If you win good, if you lose, try to do it in the right manner and do it like a man.”
Despite the defeat, Liverpool remain 22 points clear at the top, with Man City not in action this weekend due to their participation in the Carabao Cup final. The Reds still only need four more victories from their remaining 10 Premier League games to be crowned champions for the first time in three decades.