• Sadio Mane heads Liverpool ahead before Philippe Coutinho doubles the lead.
  • Emre Can heads home before half time.
  • Roberto Firmino makes it four 12 minutes after half time before Mane's second.
  • Daryl Janmaat nets consolation for Watford.
  • Substitute Wijnaldum scores first Liverpool goal in 90th minute.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side go top of the Premier League.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores 25,000th goal in Premier League history.
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Mane and Coutinho celebrate giving Liverpool a commanding lead. Getty Images

Full time: Liverpool 6-1 Watford

Liverpool go top of the Premier League, 26 years on from their last league title, with an emphatic win over troubled Watford. Sadio Mane scored twice, Philipe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum also got in on the act to crown a convincing victory. Daryl Janmaat struck for Watford but they were blown away by Jurgen Klopp's men.

Well that is all we have time for on this Premier League live text. We'll have all the reaction from Anfield cross IBTimes UK over the next few hours, but until then it is goodbye.


Goal: Liverpool 6-1 Watford (Georginio Wijnaldum)

A second wind from Liverpool sees them get a deserved sixth. Pantilimon again denies Sturridge and the lose ball is planted home by substitute Wijnaldum. Fine end to a superb all-round display.


Sturridge denied by the woodwork for a second time. A curls one towards the far post and Pantilimon gets his fingertips to it and turns it onto the crossbar. Fine effort but it just won't go in for him.


Sadio Mane turned home the second and Liverpool's fifth before the hour mark.

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Not sure how Liverpool are not six to the good. Daniel Sturridge is on and he rattles the crossbar from a tight angle, before he bizarrely ducks out of a header from Can's header across goal. Now Pantilimon makes an easy save from another effort from the England forward.


Goal: Liverpool 5-1 Watford (Daryl Janmaat)

Watford get some rewarded for their marked improvement in the second half. Liverpool are the ones standing and staring now as Janmaat receives an inside pass and slides past Karius. Could that defensive fallibility be Liverpool's undoing in the title race?


Watford have been greatly improved since the fifth goal and Capoue has twice gone close to cutting the deficit, but Karius has come to the rescue. After pushing out a long range effort, the midfielder is denied after Deeney's through ball, but the German 'keeper keeps his clean sheet intact.


Roberto Firmino has been the star of the second half for five-star Liverpool.

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Firmino scored one and made one in the second half. Getty Images


Goal: Liverpool 5-0 Watford (Sadio Mane)

The Reds match Chelsea's feat from yesterday, and score their fifth before the hour mark. It's all about Roberto Firmino, who gets the wrong side of Holebas when he had no right to get to the ball, threads a pass to the onrushing Mane who converts from close range again.


Goal: Liverpool 4-0 Watford (Roberto Firmino)

Watford's second half resistance lasts 12 minutes as Liverpool get their fourth. A corner is cleared by recycled by Liverpool, and when Coutinho finds space to cross from the left Firmino taps home from six yards out. Pick a number now.


Liverpool have been a little bit complacent at the start of this second half, trying to walk the ball in rather than relying on the fast movement and quick passing which defined their first half display. Solid from Watford, so far.



That 25,000th strike goes to Manchester United's Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the visitors lead 2-0 at Swansea. Read all about it here on our live blog. Remember that one, it'll be on your pub quiz next week.


Worth mentioning that we're now one goal away from 25,000 in Premier League history. Three games currently being played, who will get the landmark strike?


Will Liverpool be celebrating again in the second half?

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Players back out at Anfield ahead of the restart. Elsewhere, Manchester United have taken the lead over Swansea through Paul Pogba. Read how he gave Jose Mourinho's side the lead here.


Half time: Liverpool 3-0 Watford

Complete dominance from Liverpool, who go in at half time three goals to the good after woeful Watford. The damage has been done by Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can, and in fairness it could have been more. The Hornets have been stung and they will do well to prevent a rout in the second half.


Goal: Liverpool 3-0 Watford (Emre Can)

Three goals and that should mean three points for Liverpool. Adam Lallana crosses from the right and Emre Can runs into the box unmarked and heads past Gomes with ease. Jurgen Klopp is delighted, and so he should be, with his side heading top of the Premier League.


Walter Mazzarri has kept his cool as Watford have been embroiled in off-the-field controversy, but he'll do well to stay level-headed after this first half display. The visitors have offered little going forward and have been powerless to prevent wave after wave of attacks at the other end, despite a decent start to the game.


Goals from Mane and Coutinho have given Liverpool complete control against Watford.

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Mane and Coutinho celebrate giving Liverpool a commanding lead. Getty Images


Goal: Liverpool 2-0 Watford (Philippe Coutinho)

Too easy for Liverpool and they are cruising to victory. Philippe Coutinho receives the ball from Firmino, comes inside Janmaat and shoots powerfully under Gomes, who can't get down quickly enough.


Goal: Liverpool 1-0 Watford

A goal has look inevitable in the last 10 minutes and Liverpool have their lead through Sadio Mane. A short corner is played in my Milner and Mane gets across the first defender and flicks with power beyond the despairing Gomes.


Watford are being carved open at will now and Liverpool should be ahead. Coutinho controls beautifully to cut the ball across Janmaat but as he goes for the near post the ball brushes the side-netting - fooling several home fans who though their side had taken the lead.


Coutinho strikes the crossbar, but the linesman's flag rules the effort would not have stood had he beaten Gomes. Liverpool much improved after a lethargic start to the game.