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Liverpool’s defeat came from within not Watford’s brilliance

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The runaway Premier League leaders suffered a shock defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Watford but could only blame themselves.

Arsenal fans can rest assured, the Invincibles do not have company in Premier League lore. Manchester United supporters have something to remain content with, Liverpool will not have a perfect season.

Fans of rival clubs will be happy but not the Anfield faithful. The Reds were on course for a historic season, one that overtakes any in the history of Premier League and English top flight football before it.

But not anymore. The record has been tainted. A second half blitz from Nigel Pearson’s Watford saw three goals conceded Alisson. It was a nightmare night full of nightmarish performances by Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Ismaila Sarr opened the scoring within 10 minutes of restart. Six minutes later, he doubled the hosts lead with is fifth goal of the season. Sarr than turned provider for Troy Deeny, as the result was put beyond any doubt.

Such has been Liverpool’s dominance that a defeat in Premier League was never on the cards. They have scraped results against all and sundry, and now suffered two defeats in their most recent fixtures.

Woken and shaken by defeat

Dejan Lovren deputized for Joe Gomez against Watford and called out his team to wake up.

“It’s strange, to be honest. It hurts, really hurts,” he said. “A defeat is a defeat but, you know, this was strange. Maybe it is a wake-up call for us.”

“It feels like someone has hit us in the face – and we deserved it. We feel a bit ashamed because there’s no excuse for that performance.”

“It really hurts because from the beginning to the end we were missing all the things we usually have.”

Despite defeat, Liverpool command a considerable lead at the top of Premier League points table. The Reds have a 22-point advantage over second place Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, but have played a game more.

The defeat allows the Citizens to reduce Liverpool’s lead at the top as they return their focus to English top flight football. Guardiola was not concerned with Premier League action as he sent out his charges to claim the EFL Cup at the expense of struggling Aston Villa.

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