Talking Points: Watford 3 Liverpool 3 – Same old story for the...

Talking Points: Watford 3 Liverpool 3 – Same old story for the Reds


Liverpool have blown all three points after Watford equalised in the dying moments to see the game finish 3-3 at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Stefano Okaka gave the Hornets the lead early, but Sadio Mane scored a great team goal to put the Reds on level terms on the half-hour mark.

Two minutes later saw Abdoulaye Doucoure put Watford in front going into the break.

Jurgen Klopp got a message across to his team as they were much improved in the second half, with Mohamed Salah winning a penalty, which Roberto Firmino put away with ease.

Salah managed to find the net moments later to give himself a goal on debut for the Reds, but a debatable offside goal in stoppage time from Miguel Britos saw the game finish as it begun.

Liverpool’s defence is atrocious  

Liverpool has been a disgrace from the back since the departure of Rafael Benitez, so it’s been a while since the Anfield faithful could sit back and just enjoy a game of football.

If you score three goals against Watford, no disrespect, but still cannot gain all three points, then you need to start questioning yourself.

Klopp is not exempt from criticism, so to not have gone into the market and bought some players that will make the back four better, it’s just not acceptable.

Virgil van Dijk just has to be acquired. Klopp’s Liverpool will not win anything until they get some serious defenders. Opposition attacks would fancy themselves every time against Liverpool’s defence, and that’s just not acceptable for a team like Liverpool.

It’s now or never for Klopp. Dig in and buy some players, or face the pain for another season.

Watford may be in for a good season

In the first half, Watford looked very good. They looked like an organised side and that very much comes from their new manager, Marco Silva.

He seems to be a manager that has an impact wherever he goes and you could see that in Watford’s performance.

The second half they were given a lesson, but the first half certainly showed they can avoid relegation.

They pressed when they needed to and sat back when they needed to. They came across as a team that just knew what they were doing, and that is what will please Silva the most.

Liverpool’s attack will do some damage

The defending was appalling, but Liverpool’s front three deserve some praise.

Firmino, Mane and Salah all looked very bright, mainly in the second half. They all linked up really well and they no doubt will score a lot of goals this season.

They’ve still got Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge and potentially Philippe Coutinho to return. The attacking talent is certainly available.

It will all be irrelevant though if the defensive side of Klopp’s team doesn’t improve, but at least they’ve got something going for them.

One would think though they won’t be scoring a flurry of goals every game, so they’ll need their defenders to bail them out at some point.