Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed the maturity of his side as they won 3-0 at Watford despite having 10 men. Roberto Firmino ended his Premier League goal drought as the Reds maintained their unbeaten start at Vicarage Road.
The striker headed in late on to complete a 3-0 win and score his first top flight goal since September 15.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliant free-kick had made it 2-0 after Mohamed Salah opened the scoring after the break.
But Liverpool will be without Jordan Henderson for next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton after he was sent off for two bookings. “It was a real mature performance,” said Klopp. “In similar games last year we were not that convincing.
“They had moments but you can’t stop that. Controlling it and staying in that mode, being positive, that’s new for us. It was exactly how it had to be in our situation. We have to win football games week in and week out.”
Klopp went on to explain how tough it is to prepare a side after the international break. “I have to explain how difficult things are,” said Klopp. “I know you always expect perfection but we had exactly one session to prepare for this game because the players came back on Thursday,” he added.
“At half-time we said we had to stay solid and do it again but better, with more rhythm. “The first goal was brilliant, the second was a world class free-kick and third was one of the best counter-attacks I’ve seen.”