Liverpool cruised to a comfortable win over Watford at Anfield this afternoon.
With Liverpool the only top six clubs in domestic action this weekend, there was a chance for Jurgen Klopp’s side to temporarily gain some ground on Manchester United and move ahead of Tottenham Hotspur.
And victory didn’t look in doubt as soon as Mohamed Salah put Liverpool ahead in the fourth minute.
The Egyptian made a mockery of Watford defender Miguel Britos before slotting the ball home to make it 1-0.
Salah added a second - his 34th goal in all competitions this season - minutes before half-time, converting from Andy Robertson’s superb cross to give the Reds a 2-0 lead that they fully deserved.
Watford just weren’t at Liverpool’s level and the game was over as a contest when Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 five minutes after the restart.
Salah completed his hat-trick later on, emphasising his case to win the Player of the Year award.
Jordan Henderson was wasteful in possession
So a pleasing afternoon for Klopp, who now gets a bit of rest before one last push towards securing a top four place and Champions League glory after the international break.
There was one concern for the Liverpool boss, though - Jordan Henderson.
The midfielder has always divided opinion and today was no different.
He gave the ball away twice in the opening 45 minutes in Liverpool’s own half, his inability to cope with pressure the cause of his issues.
What Liverpool fans were saying about Henderson
Liverpool fans rushed to Twitter to make the point that if you put Henderson under pressure, he’s likely to crack.
For some supporters, the arrival of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig can’t come quickly enough.
Klopp is a huge Henderson fan
Henderson could well keep his place in the team when the Guinean comes in; Klopp has always considered the 27-year-old an important player in his side.
"I don't get this, I don't even know if people are not happy with Jordan," Klopp said last month in response to some of the criticism that his captain has received.
"When he is not available that is always a blow for us, like it is with other players.
“Hopefully he stays fit now until the end of the season. It is important for Liverpool and England. He is a fantastic player.”
Yeah - we're not sure many will agree with that final sentiment, Jurgen.
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