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  • Substitute Wijnaldum scores first Liverpool goal in 90th minute.
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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.

The ball keeps dropping to Lucas and he has the best chance of the game so far, but is denied by Gomes from close range after a free-kick bounced his way.

The scene at Anfield before kick-off.

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Lucas is into the Liverpool defence this afternoon but its in the opposition box where he pops up, nodding wide Coutinhos free-kick. Slow start to this game from both sides.

Slow start at Anfield where Liverpool are having plenty of the ball but as yet not much success in the final third.

Worth mentioning that from 3pm we will have live coverage of Manchester United's trip to Swansea. Our live blog is already underway, where you can keep abreast of the latest team news.

Miguel Britos smashes clear inside the Liverpool half but it almost catches out Loris Karius, who is off his line, but the ball sails wide.

False start as a Watford play ventures into the Liverpool half before the game starts. Referee Michael Oliver brings it back and now we're underway.

Another impeccably observed minute's silence on this Premier League weekend to remember those fallen British servicemen and women.

And we're underway at Anfield.

Almost ready to go in Merseyside. Remember a win for Liverpool takes them top, while Watford could go into the top six if they claim all three points.

Teams in the new-look tunnel at Anfield, which streams from the temporary dressing rooms at Liverpool's home. A member of the Royal British Legion and a giant poppy will lead both sets of players onto the pitch.

Full time at The Emirates and Arsenal have missed the chance to go top of the Premier League after being held by Tottenham. The door is therefore open for Liverpool to leapfrog Chelsea and reach the summit after 11 games.

Jurgen Klopp has been explaining on Sky Sports his decision to select Lucas in the centre of his defence to replace the ill Dejan Lovren. He admits the Brazilian's experience and leadership skills were the deciding factor. You may remember Lucas' error which led to Jamie Vardy's goal in September, and this is his first appearance in defence since then.

Here is the pre-match playlist at Anfield. What do we think? Some questionable taste on display.

Liverpool will be hoping to fair slightly better against London opposition than their neighbours Everton did last night, after they were thrashed 5-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard scored twice and was excellent as Antonio Conte's side went top of the Premier League. Incase you missed it, head to our live blog from the game to recap the events of the day.

English football's tribute to British troops who have died in conflicts across the world, continues. Shame the national team are not allowed to do the same.

Back to north London where the game is entering the final quarter of an hour. Harry Kane's penalty has put Tottenham level, opening the door to Liverpool to go top if they beat Watford this afternoon. Still time for a winner at The Emirates however.

Watford have only recorded one win at Anfield in their history, but you only have to go back to August 1999 for the day that Tommy Mooney downed Liverpool on their own patch. The Hornets have four other wins over the Reds, including last season's 3-0 demolition at Vicarage Road.

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Fans arrive at Anfield ahead of kick-off. Liverpool have been involved in 37 goals in their 10 league matches this season.

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Fans arrive at Anfield ahead of kick-off. Getty Images

Another line to emerge from that team news is that Dejan Lovren misses out with a virus, with Joel Matip coming into the back four.

Daryl Janmaat in for Prodl for Watford.

James Milner returns for Liverpool.

Worth noting that with Arsenal on course for victory that Liverpool would have to beat Watford by two goals more than the north Londoners in order to assume the mantle of Premier League pacesetters. The second half in underway at the Emirates.

We're expecting the teams to be confirmed around an hour before kick-off, but until then how do we expect both sides to line up?

James Milner is available after recovering from illness, while Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum - both of whom missed training this week - are both fit. Danny Ings misses out after suffering a serious knee injury.

Watford defender Sebastian Prodl has joined Craig Cathcart, Issac Success and Stefano Okaka on the sidelines with a muscle injury suffered against Hull last weekend.

Our attention is fully on events at Anfield this afternoon, but it is worth mentioning there is plenty of other Premier League football around to get your teeth into. The midday kick-off saw Arsenal take on Tottenham at The Emirates Stadium, where at half-time the Gunners lead by a Kevin Wimmer own goal. Head to our live blog to recap the events of the first half, and to follow the second 45 minutes.

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It was 1990 when Liverpool last won the league title and though they have briefly flirted with challenges, most notably under Brendan Rodgers, perhaps their best chance of returning to the summit of English football comes this season. Jurgen Klopp has developed he best functioning Liverpool side in it recent history and has supporters dreaming of ending the club's 26-year wait for the title.

Watford arrive at Anfield hoping to spoil the party amid an off-the-field crisis which sees them under investigation for forging bank letters. Fines and a point deduction could come, however their league form has been superb and they start the day above Manchester United in the table. All the team news and build-up on the way.