Liverpool will not go for the Arsenal Invincibles record. Irresistible this season, the Reds finally fell heavily to Watford (3-0), nineteenth in the Premier League and in a series of five games without a win. Uninspired and technically feverish, visitors bow after forty-three undefeated games.
Thanks to an Ismaila Sarr, double-scorer (54th, 60th) and decisive passer (72nd) in the space of eighteen minutes, the Hornets offer themselves a monumental feat and, by the same token, leave the relegation zone (17th). Liverpool will be expected to rebound on Tuesday in the Cup against Chelsea, while Watford will confirm next Saturday against Crystal Palace.
MAN OF THE MATCH: ISMAILA SARR
Sometimes an evening is enough to change the contours of an entire season. That of this Saturday, February 29 was probably one of these for the Senegalese. Absent from the field since January 18, Sarr stopped the machine to win the Reds in less than twenty minutes and allowed the Hornets to achieve a monumental feat.
It was first by being quicker than Robertson at the penalty spot that he opened the scoring for Watford on a Doucouré serve (1-0, 54th). Then, in his characteristic style, the former Rennais went behind the defense, spoke his speed to present himself against Alisson, before crucifying the Brazilian doorman with a dive dosed wonderfully (2-0, 60th) . It was, finally, with malice that he intercepted a mistake by Alexander-Arnold and served in the aftermath Troy Deeney for the 3-0 (72nd). A recital that regulars on Vicarage Road are not going to forget.