How Watford's players rated in a disastrous 6-1 defeat to Liverpool
Going into the game unbeaten in four and with three consecutive clean sheets, Watford fans were hoping for an upset at Anfield on Sunday, but they could not have been more misguided. Conceding a host of chances early on, Liverpool soon found their scoring boots and on another day it could almost have been double figures. Daryl Janmaat’s strike provided a small piece of consolation.
Heurelho Gomes – 5
The Brazilian hadn’t conceded in three consecutive games, but could do nothing about Sadio Mane’s strike, though he perhaps could have done better to stop Phillipe Coutinho’s fairly central strike. Either way, his injury is a major worry for the Hornets.
Daryl Janmaat – 5
Failed to cope with the incredible threat of Phillipe Coutinho down the flank, with James Milner backing him up to only worsen the pressure on the Dutchman. Found the net with a good finish in the only positive of the afternoon.
Younes Kaboul – 4
Failed at some basic passing early on and was then dragged all over the park by Liverpool’s interchanging front three with Emre Can and Adam Lallana running on.
Miguel Britos – 5
Like his partner, pulled all over the place by the movement of Liverpool’s attack. His flick almost caught out Loris Karius from a corner, but that was the highlight of a poor afternoon. Booked.
Jose Holebas – 5
Tried to break forwards when he could and did a better job of handling the pace and movement of Liverpool’s attack, but still struggled. Frustration showed as he hacked down Sadio Mane to earn a yellow which will see him miss the Leicester game.
Etienne Capoue – 5
Came closest to scoring with an effort from the edge of the box and nearly squeezing the ball under Karius, but defensively Capoue was just as culpable as any other midfielder in Watford colours.
Valon Behrami – 5
Anonymous in midfield from start to finish, pressed to begin with but then grew increasingly quiet as he was pinned back by Liverpool’s attacking force.
Roberto Pereyra – 5
Tried to get forward early on but like many of his teammates he was held back by the pressing and presence of the Liverpool attack for much of the game.
Nordin Amrabat – 3
Seemingly forgot his defensive duties and was poor at implementing them when he did remember them, his efforts to stop Emre Can beating him to the ball for the third goal were embarrassing.
Troy Deeney – 6
Battled and pressed hard but had some very poor service up to him. Cut an isolated figure up front with Odion Ighalo for much of the last hour of the game, with the Hornets under pressure throughout.
Odion Ighalo – 5
An aerial presence and also pressed whenever possible, but had increasingly fewer chances as the game went on and was ineffective when dropping deep to pick up the ball.
Costel Pantilimon (for Gomes, 33) – 5
Caught out in terms of his positioning for the fourth and fifth goals, it would be harsh to blame him, though his passing and distribution was pretty poor throughout on top.
Ben Watson (for Behrami, 62) – 5
Struggled to have an influence, though he added a bit more steel and desire to a Watford midfield which had at that point almost given up on the game.
Juan Zuniga (for Pereyra, 87) – N/A
Little time to salvage anything for the Hornets.
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