Liverpool are not playing that well and neither is Mohamed Salah, he is nowhere near his best
LIVERPOOL are not playing that well, so it is credit to the team that they are keeping up with Manchester City.
Ten win, three draws and two points off Pep Guardiola’s team at the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool were once again not at their best today but they did enough to see off WatfordAFP or licensors
Mohamed Salah is not in his best form but is helping to grind out goals and winsReuters
Jurgen Klopp’s side are hardly playing fantasy football but that does not matter, as we saw here at Vicarage Road today.
Liverpool deserved to win even though they made hard work of it and the final scorline was perhaps flattering.
The only downside was the sending off for Jordan Henderson who was dismissed near the end and he will miss the Merseyside derby against Everton next week.
Yet Mo Salah’s performances are typifying Liverpool’s campaign.
Most read in football
SCOTTISH CUP DRAW
Celtic vs Airdrie, Cowdenbeath vs Rangers and Hearts vs Livi among ties
'worst goalkeeper in prem'
Chelsea fans slam Kepa for letting in two goals against Spurs
SERIE A LIVE
Juventus vs SPAL: Latest score, updates and commentary
Tottenham vs Chelsea: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time
Paul Pogba left fuming as Jose Mourinho hauls him off for Alexis Sanchez
Saints 2 Hearts 0
Kearney grabs first win as Buddies boss as Jambos go five without a win
Inter Milan vs Frosinone: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time
Motherwell 3 Aberdeen 0
Dons thrashed in final warm-up game before Betfred Cup Final
He received a standing ovation when he was replaced near the end for Fabinho but, not for the first time, he was nowhere near his best.
Yet he was in the right place at the right time to make it nine goals for the season which set Liverpool on their way.
At this time last season, he had found the net 14 times and on current form, the best he can hope for is to get past the 20-goal mark which is still an outstanding achievement.
But at times, though, he does appear to have lost his goal-scoring mojo and, along with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, does not look the same attacking threat.
Salah opened the scoring at Vicarage Road, firing through Ben Foster’s legsReuters
It was his ninth goal of the season but by this stage last year he already had 14Reuters
But if Liverpool remain unbeaten and in second spot, playing like this, imagine what could happen if they improve and Manchester City – however unlikely – begin to wobble.
The Reds, who now face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday, look far more organised at the back with Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson the key men this term.
WATFORD 0 LIVERPOOL 3 Jordan Henderson sent off but Trent Alexander-Arnold wonder free-kick helps Reds to victory
Crucially, their defensive calmness has had a significant impact on the three musketeers of Salah, Firmino and Sane because they can be patient and do not have to panic.
So at half-time, despite playing bang average, Liverpool were still in the game.
Salah received a standing ovation when he was taken off in the final minutes and replaced by FabinhoReuters
Jurgen Klopp’s side have not been at their best this season yet remain two points off leaders Manchester CityGetty Images – Getty
Salah then showed his goalscoring instinct by prodding the ball in after 67 minutes and Trent Alexander-Arnold made it 2-0 with a decent free-kick.
Firmino headed in the third after Sane’s effort was saved and maybe this was harsh on Watford.
Not that anyone at Liverpool will care. If they keep playing consistently, like this, then they still have a chance of finally winning the Premier League.
And then Salah will not have to move to another club, something suggested by his national manager in the week.
Trent Alexander-Arnold made it 2-0 this afternoon with a curling free-kick past FosterAFP or licensors
Roberto Firmino sealed the win with a header from close range after Jordan Henderson’s red cardGetty Images – Getty