Sport Watford 3-3 Liverpool: Reds New-Boy Scores on Debut But Late Hornets Goal Shares Spoils

19:55  12 august  2017
19:55  12 august  2017 Source:   90min

Watford enquire for Alberto Moreno

  Watford enquire for Alberto Moreno Watford have lodged an official enquiry for Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, according to IBTimesUK. The Reds defender had a superb game against Bayern Munich in Liverpool’s recent friendly, but looks likely to be surplus to Jurgen Klopp’s requirements ahead of next season. Liverpool have already signed Andy Robertson from Hull in this window for a fee of around £8m, offering a rotational option to James Milner. This could spell the end of Moreno’s time at Anfield, with Watford seemingly keen to bring him in this summer. Marco Silva’s side are somewhat weak on the left hand side of defence, and Moreno would undoubtedly bolster the Hornets’ options, while offering competition to Jose Holebas. It’s stated in the report that Silva is a big fan of Moreno’s speed and technical ability, and a move is most certainly plausible if Klopp is content with the two defensive options at his disposal at left-back. Moreno signed for the Reds back in 2014 but has failed to tie down a regular place in the starting line-up.

WATFORD , ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Roberto Firmino of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on August 12, 2017 in Watford , England.

Watford score late to seal demoralising draw. Liverpool, lining up in their customary 4- 3 - 3 formation, controlled the game “A wakeup call for Klopp”, “Never had control” – Supporters react to Watford 3 - 3 Liverpool . Watford 3 - 3 Liverpool : Reds held by Hornets in dramatic Premier League opener.

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Miguel Britos scored a late, late equaliser to deny Jurgen Klopp as Watford and Liverpool played out a spectacular 3-3 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Uruguayan snatched an unlikely equaliser in the fourth minute of injury time as he bundled home with the Reds looking destined for the three points. 

Watford had led 1-0 and 2-1, but found themselves 3-2 down after they collapsed during a five minute spell in the second-half. Roberto Firmino (pen) and a debut goal from Mohamed Salah looked to have given Liverpool a second successive opening day victory. 

Watford strike late to deny Reds win

  Watford strike late to deny Reds win Miguel Britos' late strike saw Watford rescue a point following a 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Vicarage Road.Miguel Britos struck deep into stoppage time as Watford secured a late point following a 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

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Liverpool produced a hit-and-miss performance as they fell to a late equaliser to draw 3 - 3 away to Nearly scored himself with a header from a corner shortly after, but his shot was saved by Heurelho Gomes. Watford 3 - 3 Liverpool : Reds held by Hornets in dramatic Premier League opener.

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Stefano Okaka gave Marco Silva's side an early lead after some questionable Liverpool defending from a corner exposed them. Saido Mane scored a cool equaliser to make it 1-1, but Watford restored order when Abdoulaye Doucoure tapped home just two minutes later. 

Klopp's side upped the ante in the second period and Salah won a penalty which was scored by Firmino with considerable ease. The former Chelsea man then got the goal his play deserved, but in the end it wasn't enough with both sides taking a point a piece. 

WATCH: Watford equaliser offside?

  WATCH: Watford equaliser offside? Miguel Britos bundled home an injury-time effort to snatch a 3-3 draw for Watford against Liverpool – but should it have stood? The Reds looked as though they had put all speculation and uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho's future to one side to win their opening Premier League clash - only for Britos to head home from point-blank range in the dying moments to seal a 3-3 draw.However, the Watford defender seemed to be offside for the 93rd-minute goal from Nordin Amrabat's low cross from the right-wing by-line."We were unlucky in the end," Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said."The equaliser was offside.

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Silva handed a debut to just one of his seven new summer signings, Nathaniel Chalobah started in midfield after he made a permanent move away from Chelsea. Newest acquisition Andre Gray was on the bench. Meanwhile Salah made his first start for Jurgen Klopp's side, lining up on the right of a three pronged attack with Mane and Firmino. 

The opening exchanges were fairly cagey, but the first goal on eight minutes brought the game into life. Okaka held off two challenges and played in Roberto Pereyra who's shot initially forced a corner, with the former was soon celebrating. 

Jose Holebas whipped in a dangerous in-swinger and Okaka meet the ball at the near post and headed home with nobody around him. Even a hand from Simon Mignolet wasn't enough in what was some shocking defending. 

Mane making no excuses for Liverpool's draw at Watford

  Mane making no excuses for Liverpool's draw at Watford Jurgen Klopp felt Watford's late equaliser should not have counted, but winger Sadio Mane is not making any excuses for the 3-3 draw.Sadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat Watford but is not making any excuses for his side dropping two Premier League points after Miguel Britos' late equaliser.

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After seeing his side ship two goals from corners, Klopp said Liverpool will attempt to rectify the issue, even though he highlighted other Watford 3 - 3 Liverpool : Reds held by Hornets in dramatic Premier League opener. Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Watford : Salah makes Reds debut , Moreno starts.

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Klopp tried to inspire and kick-start his team into action, but Liverpool looked very flat after going one down, Tom Cleverley causing more discomfort when he sent over a looping cross that Mignolet just about dealt with. 

After the home side's strong start, they were about to be undone by a goal against the run of play on 29 minutes. The Reds' Player of the Year for last season, Mane was slipped in after a superb passage of play which saw Emre Can split the Hornets defence and the 25-year-old finished with aplomb. 

For all of Liverpool's relief, they were to be right back to where they were a few minutes previous as Doucoure put Silva's men 2-1 ahead on 32 minutes. Cleverley found himself in acres of space on the right-hand side of the box and after Trent Alexander-Arnold failed to clear his low cross, the Frenchman finished from close-range. 

The Merseysiders' frustrations were clear to see when Mane was booked for a late tackle on Doucoure, but Salah almost opened his account when he toe-poked over from close range. The half-time whistle gave Klopp the chance to re-rejuvenate his troops as the home side went in the much happier of the two. 

Whatever the German gaffer said at the interval it clearly had an effect. Salah got through on goal and was hauled down by Heurelho Gomes with the referee awarding the Reds a penalty. Firmino stepped up and sent Gomes the wrong way with Liverpool equalising for the second time of the afternoon. 

Then, that man Salah was involved again in a mad few minutes which saw the capture from Roma put Klopp's side into a 3-2 lead. Dejan Lovren chipped a delightful ball through and Firmino latched onto it and steered his attempt goalwards. The ball looked to be looping wide, but Salah came charging in and knocked it in from almost the goal line. 

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The Hornets really lost their sting after they fell behind for the first time during the game. Gray was brought on in their third and final switch, but it was Joel Matip who almost increased Liverpool's lead but his header hit the bar. 

Other chances of note came from Lovren and Salah as the Reds tried desperately to put the game out of reach. Divock Origi and James Milner were introduced late on, the latter replacing Salah who had looked superb throughout the second-half. 

Then, right at the death, Britos headed home after the ball bounced back up from the crossbar after Richarlison's effort. Mignolet parried it onto the underside of the bar and Britos headed in from a yard out to send Vicarage Road into raptures. 

Liverpool submit offer for teenage star Victor Mollejo .
Liverpool have made an “important” offer for Atletico Madrid’s teenage sensation Victor Mollejo, who made his senior debut for the club on the weekend in their friendly against Leganes, according to a report on the Mirror. The 16-year-old has attracted interest from clubs all around Europe and Atletico Madrid face a battle to hold on to one of their finest young talents. Mollejo is considered as the brightest prospect in the whole of the Atletico academy and this was shown as Diego Simeone gave the youngster his debut on the weekend. The young striker is keen to follow in the footsteps of his footballing idol Fernando Torres as he wore the number 35 shirt, the same one which Torres wore on his debut for the Spanish club and the Reds will be hoping that he will follow Torres’ career path also by joining the Anfield club. The forward has represented the Spanish national side at under 16 level and has also shown his prolific form in front of goal as he managed to find the back of the net 30 times for the youth team last year. Liverpool are keen to enhance their academy and challenge the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City and bringing in Mollejo could do this. The Reds have a ban on signing academy players but would hope to agree a deal to sign the youngster when the ban is lifted.


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