Liverpool 2-0 Watford

A goal in either half from Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino was enough to hand Liverpool a 2-0 victory over Watford on Sunday.

Match Reports: Liverpool 2-0 WatfordMatch Reports: Liverpool 2-0 Watford

The Reds dominated the early possession, but both sides struggled to create clear goal-scoring opportunities in the early exchanges.

Phillippe Coutinho saw a curling effort from the corner of the box fly just wide of the target for Liverpool, before Watford twice came close via a speculative long-range effort from Odion Ighalo and left-foot strike from Ikechi Anya.

Liverpool then took the lead that their play probably deserved in the 35th minute when Joe Allen latched onto a superb knockdown from Christian Benteke, before calmly slotting the ball past Heurelho Gomes.

Watford then missed their best chance of the contest on the stroke of half-time when Ighalo headed wide from six yards following a Jose Manuel Jurado cross.

Into the second half and Watford again came close to equalising as Ighalo was denied by a superb save at full stretch by Simon Mignolet.

The visitors were made to pay for their near misses as substitute Firmino made it 2-0 with just 14 minutes remaining, as his strike from 20 yards slipped through the grasp of Gomes.

Benteke then missed a gilt-edged chance in stoppage time to make it 3-0, but the result sees Liverpool tighten their grip on eighth position, while Watford remain in the bottom half.

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