Full-time: Watford 3-0 Liverpool

  • Odion Ighalo nets a brace as Liverpool are comprehensively beaten at Vicarage Road
  • Nathan Ake gave the hosts an early lead following a mistake from Adam Bogdan
  • Martin Skrtel was forced off in the first half after injuring his hamstring
  • Watford stay seventh after securing their fourth consecutive top-flight victory for the first time since 1987
Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo took his goal tally for 2015 up to 27 on a superb afternoon for Watford at Vicarage Road Getty

There is one more Premier League fixture to come today as West Ham travel to Swansea, but we will be back tomorrow night to bring you live coverage of the eagerly-anticipated clash between title hopefuls Arsenal and Manchester City from the Emirates Stadium.

Until then, goodbye.


A superb result in the end for Watford. Aside from Liverpool's brief flurry after half-time, they were comfortably the better side and led the way with pace, aggression and a relentless pressing game.



Watford 3-0 Liverpool


Ibe attempts to reduce the deficit with a low shot late on but it goes harmlessly wide. A miserable day for Liverpool is complete.


Three minutes of stoppage time are signalled by the fourth official, but there is no question of Liverpool getting back into this now. They have been well beaten this afternoon.


No hat-trick today for Ighalo as Flores takes him off and allows him to bask in the admiration from home supporters at Vicarage Road. Adlene Guedioura is now on.


Game, set and match Watford after the hosts battle hard to win the ball back in midfield. Ighalo feeds it forward to Deeney, who knocks a good pass out to Behrami on the right.

The substitute then provides a perfect cross for Ighalo, who slips in behind Sakho to head home from close range. That's a brace for English football's most prolific striker in 2015.


Goal: Watford 3-0 Liverpool (Odion Ighalo)


Sakho really is having a terrible afternoon as he gives away an obvious free-kick by climbing all over Ighalo.


A second Flores changes as Behrami, who has been out since mid-November with a calf injury, jogs on in place of Abdi. 10 minutes of the 90 left to play.


Henderson tries his luck from the edge of the area after good interplay between Clyne and Ibe, but Britos deflects the ball over.

The defender is then cautioned for a foul on Benteke.


Some treatment for Can after he catches an accidental arm to the face from Deeney.

Watford make their first substitution of the afternoon, Ikechi Anya on for Jurado.


Another good break from Watford sees Capoue find Ighalo, but his scooped cross back towards the former Tottenham midfielder and Jurado is far too strong and the ball goes wide.


With 17 minutes plus stoppage time remaining, Klopp makes his final two changes as Benteke and Jordon Ibe replace Firmino and Lallana. All or nothing now for Liverpool.


Something of a let-off for Britos as his botched clearance finds Emre Can, who takes a touch before unleashing a shot that takes a slight deflection on its way through to Gomes. Good reactions from the goalkeeper to push wide.


Wasteful from Watford as Lucas concedes a cheap free-kick in a dangerous area but Ben Watson can only send the ball crashing well over the crossbar.


Nyom's ball down the right channel is intercepted by Sakho, but another error from the defender sees Deeney win possession. Luckily for Liverpool, Lucas gets across to block the subsequent cross.


This game is being played at a breakneck speed and Liverpool quickly produce another chance as Coutinho switches the ball across to Henderson on the right.

The captain gets a slice of good fortune as he cuts inside past Ake, but his dipping half-volley is turned behind by Gomes.


Watford come agonisingly close to an all-important third goal as Jurado plays a low pass towards Ighalo and the Nigerian goes clean through after a slip from Sakho.

He shoots, but this time Bogdan reacts well to make a strong one-handed save. That will do his fragile confidence the world of good, you feel.


At the other end, Henderson is given time and space to pick out an inviting diagonal pass towards Lallana. The England midfielder gets ahead of Abdi, but his header drifts wide of the left-hand post with Gomes rooted to the spot.

Abdi later does enough to prevent Lallana getting another header in the penalty area and Moreno's fizzed cross is too hard for anyone to make contact.


Wonderful skill from Ighalo to leave Sakho on his backside. The striker's low cross towards Jurado then causes a real scramble in the six-yard box, but Lallana just does enough to clear.


Nyom is in oceans of space down the left-hand side and wins a corner as his whipped cross is deflected wide by Henderson.

Liverpool deal with the set-piece and launch a quick counter attack, but it breaks down after Origi fails to spot the incisive forward run of Coutinho. The Brazilian looks furious with his teammate, but he may well have been offside.


Deeney and Ighalo are relentless in their defensive work, so Sakho may want to think twice about attempting cute little dragbacks of that nature again.

Replays also suggest he was lucky not to be whistled for a tug on Ighalo's shorts as he looked to collect that earlier pass.


Liverpool continue to apply serious pressure but the Watford backline are holding firm for now.

On the break, Deeney catches Sakho in possession and tries to release Ighalo who goes to ground while tussling with the French centre-back. Nothing given.