Watford v Liverpool video, highlights: Mohamed Salah goal, Roberto Firmino, offside equaliser

Miguel Britos of Watford scores his sides third goal.

LIVERPOOL have copped two set piece goals in a
dramatic 3-3 draw with Watford, including a 93rd minute
contentious strike which led to calls of offside.

Jurgen Klopp had spent the previous 24 hours handling the
fall-out from Philippe Coutinho’s transfer request after the
club rejected Barcelona’s £90 million bid for the Brazil
playmaker.

Liverpool remain adamant Coutinho will not leave and it looked
like Klopp might find relief from the saga when debutant
Mohamed Salah gave the visitors the lead after they had twice
come from behind.

Premier League: Liverpool’s set piece curse has
continued – conceding a contentious late equaliser
against Watford, with major question marks as to
whether or not Miguel Britos was offside.

Sadio Mane’s 29th-minute effort had cancelled out Stefano
Okaka’s eighth-minute header, only for Abdoulaye Doucoure to
immediately restore the home side’s lead.

Liverpool, who were without Coutinho, were back level in the
55th minute through Roberto Firmino’s penalty.

But with Salah’s 57th-minute goal looking as though it would be
decisive, Britos bundled the ball home deep in stoppage time
after Simon Mignolet had pushed Richarlison’s shot against the
bar.

Premier League: Just minutes after finding the
equaliser, Liverpool struck again, with the Reds’
record signing Mohamed Salah finding the back of the
net in his premier league season debut

For all the close-season transfer dealings, both starting
line-ups carried a familiar look, with Nathaniel Chalobah the
home side’s only new face and Salah the lone Liverpool
debutant.

For Klopp’s side, it appeared to be a case of same old faces,
same old problems, as they allowed Watford to twice take the
initiative during the first half on the back of defensive
errors.

The opening goal was certainly one to frustrate Klopp as Okaka
took full advantage of Liverpool’s lack of organisation as they
failed to defend Jose Holebas’s corner.

Roberto Pereyra had broken threateningly after being sent clear
by Okaka and was unfortunate to see his shot deflected wide off
Dejan Lovren following a twisting run that had opened up the
visitors’ defence.

EPL: In the space of just two minutes Liverpool have
produced their best and worst football against Watford.

Football: Liverpool have conceded another set piece
goal, this time 8 minutes into the new PL season
against Watford.

Holebas swung in the resulting corner towards the near post,
where it was headed home by Okaka, who had been allowed to
advance unchecked, with Roberto Firmino in particular guilty of
failing to react.

It was the perfect start for Watford manager Marco Silva, but
for Klopp it was an early reminder of the problems that need to
be eradicated if Liverpool are to prove genuine title
contenders.

The other side of Liverpool was demonstrated 21 minutes later
when Mane levelled in spectacular fashion.

EPL: Liverpool’s Emre Can entered video game mode
against Watford, showing off this piece of superb
skill.

The Senegalese forward, who started the game on the left,
picked up the ball on the right and worked his way across the
pitch before exchanging passes with Alberto Moreno.

Moreno played the ball in to Emre Can, whose flick set up Mane
for a precise finish.

It was an incisive breakthrough, but the good work was almost
immediately undone when Watford made their way too easily down
the right-hand flank in the build-up to Doucoure’s goal.

Doucoure was at the heart of the move, releasing Tom Cleverley,
whose low cross was met with an attempted clearance by Trent
Alexander-Arnold.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford celebrates.

Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford
celebrates.
Source:Getty Images

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah after scoring

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah
after scoring
Source:AFP

But the ball ricocheted off team-mate Joel Matip’s back,
allowing Doucoure to add the home side’s second.

Once again Liverpool had been responsible for their own plight,
although Watford’s positive approach was unsettling Klopp’s
side.

The visitors’ response in the second half confirmed the
attacking strengths of this Liverpool side.

Within 10 minutes of the restart, the Reds were back level
after a superb flick by Firmino sent Salah clear.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool’s Mohamed
Salah.
Source:AFP

Miguel Britos of Watford celebrates.

Miguel Britos of Watford
celebrates.
Source:Getty Images

The winger was brought down by Heurelho Gomes as he attempted
to round the goalkeeper and Firmino finished from the penalty
spot.

Three minutes later, Firmino again produced a moment of
exceptional skill as he made up for his error on the opening
goal.

The striker brought down Moreno’s floated pass before lifting
the ball over the advancing Gomes and Salah ensured the chance
was not wasted by bundling home from close range.

Liverpool’s victory looked assured, only for Britos to reward
Watford’s persistence at the death.

RE-live the game in our blog below …

Originally published as
Reds’ set piece horror, cop 93’ controversy

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