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Summary

  1. Liverpool start with a one point lead at the top
  2. Watford 7th in the table and in FA Cup quarters-finals
  3. Mo Salah needs one goal to reach 50 in the Premier League
  4. Hornets seeking first Anfield win since 1999

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. FULL-TIME

    Liverpool 5-0 Watford

    Rampant Liverpool stay top after destroying Watford.

    Superb stuff from Jurgen Klopp's side.

    Liverpool are back in the groove.

    Thanks for your company.

    You can read a match report from this game here.

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    Liverpool 5-0 Watford

    Three minutes of added time.

    Time for another goal?

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    Liverpool 5-0 Watford

    Adam Lallana and Naby Keita are both on for Liverpool for the closing stages.

    This has been an utterly dominant performance from the Reds - and it's a timely return to winning ways.

  4. GOAL - Liverpool 5-0 Watford

    Virgil van Dijk

    Another header, another goal for Virgil van Dijk.

    This is doing Liverpool's goal difference no harm at all.

    Van Dijk is on a hat-trick after beating his marker to meet Andy Robertson's cross.

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    Liverpool 4-0 Watford

    Three assists for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

  6. GOAL - Liverpool 4-0 Watford

    Virgil van Dijk

    It's raining goals at Anfield.

    "It's an absolutely evil ball to defend," says Match of the Day's Steve Wilson as Trent Alexander-Arnold whips in a cross and Virgil van Dijk towers above the Watford defence to power it over the line.

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    Liverpool 3-0 Watford

    Andre Gray is putting himself about - Trent Alexander-Arnold plays him on as he lets fly. Alisson gets a touch and it's a corner.

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    Liverpool 3-0 Watford

    Watford are next to make a change.

    It's a double switch as Andre Gray and Tom Cleverley come on.

    Moments later Gray tests Alisson after breaking into the penalty area,.

  9. SUBSTITUTION

    Liverpool 3-0 Watford

    Jordan Henderson, last seen scowling at Old Trafford, is on for James Milner who has put in another superb shift.

  10. GOAL - Liverpool 3-0 Watford

    Lovely from Origi!

    Divock Origi has practically been a bystander during Liverpool's surge to the top of the table but he's the scorer of the goal that almost certainly ensures the Reds stay top.

    And what a beauty it is. Origi cuts inside before beating Ben Foster at his near post with a right foot finish.

    The Kop love it and Origi is wearing a huge smile.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Hat-trick chance for Sadio Mane.

    He has the ball at his feet about 10 yards and turns but his attempt is deflected over the bar by Craig Cathcart.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Sergio Aguero steps up and Manchester City have the lead. Liverpool's lead at the top is back down to one point.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Meanwhile at Etihad Stadium, a penalty to Man City.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Craig Cathcart wins a corner after his shot cannons off a red shirt.

    Watford's travelling fans are out of their seats applauding.

    This is a good spell for the visitors.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Watford are playing a lot better this half - they're passing the ball around with a lot more confidence and pressing Liverpool.

    A goal for them in the next few minutes would make things interesting.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Nice from Daryl Janmaat who beats a couple of Liverpool players before getting a shot away - it's not a clean strike and it's comfortable for Alisson.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Mo Salah ghosts past Adam Masina like he isn't there but Ben Foster sticks out a strong hand to deny the Liverpool man.

    It's one-way traffic and a long half coming up for Watford at this rate.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Liverpool are attacking the Kop.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold was excellent in the first half but over-cooks a cross after more good work by Mo Salah, whose excellent performance is missing one thing - a goal.

  19. KICK-OFF

    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    We're back under way.

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    Liverpool 2-0 Watford

    Alisson is 45 minutes away from a 16th clean sheet in 28 Premier League games.

    Here come the teams for the second half. Sadio Mane has a spring in his step - he's one of the first to reappear. Will he another goal for his hat-trick?