Joe Allen is congratulated after scoring his side\'s opener. Getty
  • Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino score to keep top six hopes alive
  • Jurgen Klopp made eight changes to the side that beat Villarreal on Thursday
  • Watford remain 13th after unfortunate defeat

FULL TIME: Liverpool 2-0 Watford


Oh dear, Benteke. Cameron Brannagan stands an inviting ball up to the back post where the Belgium international is standing unmarked, but he can't keep his header on target. That should be the last chance of the game.


Three minutes of time added on at Anfield.


Here's Liverpool's final change, Moreno replaced by Conor Randall,


Ibe denied by the post! A neat link up sees Lucas (!) break down the right and ping a ball across goal. Benteke just misses it and Ibe cannot direct it back on target.


Five minutes plus injury time to be played here.


Benteke nearly seals it! Prodl initially does well to take the ball off Firmino but he runs into trouble in his own box and the Belgian takes the ball off him. The angle is closing with Gomes running out, and he manages to block Benteke's effort.


Another change for Liverpool as we approach the final 10 minutes of this game with Sheyi Ojo making way to be replaced by Cameron Brannagan


Out of nowhere, Liverpool have a second! A slip from Anya invites Firmino forward with options to his left and to his right. The Brazilian instead hits a low effort on goal that squirms underneath Gomes in the Watford goal and into the back of the net. It's a poor attempt at the save from the former Tottenham goalkeeper, he had to be much stronger there.

That came from Watford's best period of the game where they were really pressing for an equaliser.


Goal! Liverpool 2-0 Watford (Roberto Firmino, 75)


Berghuis is now shown a yellow card for a late sliding challenge on Ibe.


Those changes have had the desired effect for Watford, with Berghuis combining nicely with Deeney and Ighalo. He takes the shot on from a good angle out on the right and should perhaps do better, with Mignolet easily saving.


Abdi goes for the curler, but can't get it up and over the wall in time. That will be hi last action of the game with Amrabat replacing him.


Abdi meanders in from the left, battling with Allen all the way and eventually goes down on the edge of the D, winning a free kick for his side.


Jon Flanagan now enters the referee's book after a hefty challenge on Adbi down the left flank.


Coutinho's afternoon comes to a close on the hour, his countryman Roberto Firmino replaces him.


Britos is shown a yellow card for slinging a boot into the mid-drift of Benteke. It was totally accidental, but a painful one for the Belgian.


Another change for Watford with Berghuis on for Jurado.


Mignolet denies Watford a superb goal! Anya, out on the left, pings a pass into Deeney who deftly flicks onto to Ighalo who controls instantly. The Nigeria striker leaves Moreno on his backside with a wonderful swivel to open up room for the shot, but his shot is brilliantly palmed away by the Belgian goalkeeper.


First change of the afternoon for Watford, Adlene Guedioura comes on for Mario Suarez.


Skrtel is again the wrong side of Ighalo as he looks to hook a long ball out of the air on the edge of the Liverpool box. The Watford striker gets a kick from the defender for his trouble, but referee Lee Mason waves away his appeals for a free kick.


Great chance for a second for Liverpool. Coutinho bends a superb through ball for Benteke, but his first touch brings the ball away from goal. The Belgian does well to cut back inside Cathcart however and slide a neat ball back in for the Brazilian, who continued his run into the six yard area, but he completely scuffs his first-time effort and the chance is gone,


And Watford get us back underway for the second half.


HALF TIME: Liverpool 1-0 Watford