S Okaka (8),A Doucouré (32),M Britos (90+3)
S Mané (29),R Firmino (55 pen),M Salah (57)
Watford vs Liverpool
12:30pm Saturday 12th August
WATFORD 3-3 LIVERPOOL
FT: Blimey. Where to start. Two Premier League games, 13 goals.
Watford looked to be in control of this one at 2-1 with goals from Okaka and Doucoure, but then Salah started to find his feet on debut. He won the penalty for 2-2 - Firmino scored - and then bundled home what looked like the winner. But yet more questionable Liverpool defending handed Britos an equaliser in the fourth minute of added-time.
90+6: CHANCE!! Surely not another one? My fingers couldn't take it. Wijnaldum finds himself free in the box about 15 yards out. He strikes...but Brittos gets a crucial deflection onto the ball which bobbles into the arms of Gomes. There's the whistle.
GOAL!!! WATFORD 3-3 LIVERPOOL (Britos, 90+4)
Just when you think you've seen it all in the last two days. Watford have stolen a late leveller! Incredible!
Liverpool fail to clear a corner and Richarlison smashes one at goal from the by-line. Mignolet spoons it onto the bar and Britos reacts quickest to bundle the ball over the line from a yard out. Once again, questions will be raised about Liverpool's defending. They've thrown this one away. What drama.
WATFORD 2-3 LIVERPOOL
90+3: PRESSURE! Here come Watford. Holebas whips in a cross from the right. Mignolet punches clear.....
90+1: SUB! Alexander-Arnold is replaced by Gomez.
89: Watford are trying to put some pace into their attacks - but Liverpool are coping with their late charge.
90: Five minutes added on.
85: CHANCE!! Wijnaldum has never scored a Premier League goal away from home....and he still hasn't. The ball drops to him 12 yards out but he skews an effort well wide.
86: SUB! Milner replaces Salah, who has had an exceptional second half.
82: Can pings a stupendous ball over the top in behind Holebas for Salah to chase. Gomes races off his line and just gets there ahead of the nippy Liverpool attacker.
78: Now Kaboul is down for Watford. They've strapped his left knee up as he must solider on due to the fact they've made all their changes.
80: SUB! Liverpool make a change. Firmino - who has been quiet but has scored one and made one - is replaced by Origi.
75: CHANCE! This game is opening up now. Doucouré shows some neat tricks in midfield but Henderson nips in to break it up. Liverpool break and Salah sprints in behind Holebas with a clever run. It's a tight angle but he only has Gomes to beat. Straight into the side netting.
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72: The crowd stand as one for a round of applause in appreciation of Graham Taylor, who passed away earlier this year. Nice touch.
68: BRILLIANT! Emre Can charges Liverpool up the field. His first touch to pluck the ball out of the air to kick-start the attack was sublime. The play develops and they win a corner.
70: SAVE!! Once again, the attacking team are first to the ball. Firmino finds Lovren at the near post but his header is palmed away by Gomes. It's all Liverpool - it's like someone has flicked a switch.
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64: SAVE!! Moreno drives forward from left back and muscles Femenía out of the way. He tries a dipping volley from 25 yards and Gomes has to tip it over the crossbar. That's the first effort on target that's not gone in. Amazing.
66: CROSSBAR!! Firmino pings his corner to the near post and Matip beats Kaboul in the air. It's a well directed flick that beats Gomes but the woodwork comes to Watford's rescue. They've gone to pieces in the last 15 minutes.
GOAL!! WATFORD 2-3 LIVERPOOL (Salah, 57)
WHAT. A. TURNAROUND.
Lovren chips a lovely ball in behind the Watford back four and Firmino races onto it. He lifts it over Gomes but the ball is slipping wide of the post until Salah comes charging in to bundle the ball home from close range. What a few minutes for the new man!
GOAL!!!! WATFORD 2-2 LIVERPOOL (Firmino pen, 54)
No mistake from the striker, who takes over the penalty duties from Milner. He sends Gomes the wrong way. Game on....
WATFORD 2-1 LIVERPOOL
54: PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL!! Salah shows his pace behind and is fouled by Gomes, who comes charging out and clips the winger.
50: OFFSIDE! Richarlison nearly gets in straight away. Okaka makes space and threads the ball through for the Brazilian but he goes too soon. Two yards offside.
52: Watford still look bright. Amrabat swings a ball into the danger zone from the right. Richarlison wins his header at the back post but the referee stops play for a push on Lovren.
48: SUB! Having lost Janmaat in the first half, now Pereyra is struggling for the hosts. He's tweaked his groin and will need to be replaced. That man is Richarlison, who is on for his Watford debut.
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45: Hello again. I hope you're suitably refreshed. Liverpool have work to do to salvage this one. They get the second-half going....
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HT: Plenty of smiles in the home end. Okaka took advantage of some sloppy Liverpool marking before Mane levelled it up with a splendid finish. That should have settled Liverpool down but more haphazard defending presented Doucouré with a chance that he took for 2-1. All to play for.....
45+2: Liverpool pin Watford deep in their own half. Henderson loops a ball over the top for Salah on the right flank. He has support in the middle but shanks his cross into the stands. Not happened for him in the opening 45 minutes.
45+4: CLOSE!! Liverpool force a corner. Firmino send over a delicious centre which is met by a on-the-move Mane. He reverses a header towards the far post but it skims just wide. Gomes was rooted to the spot.
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42: CORNER! A few worried faces in the Liverpool end as Okaka forces a corner. This time Can goes to do a man-marking job on the big man and Mignolet comes to claim a pretty tame Cleverley delivery.
44: Four minutes added on.
38: CHANCE!! First signs from Salah. He sprints away down the right and fashions an opportunity. For some reason he decides to toe-poke it from eight yards out but makes a hash of it. Skied over the bar.
36: YELLOW! Mane into the book. Frustration starting to show? He leaves a naughty stud on the ankle of Doucouré - the referees sees it and a card is shown.
GOAL!! WATFORD 2-1 LIVERPOOL (Doucouré, 31)
Liverpool are back in it for just two minutes. Cleverley makes good ground down the right and sends a low ball into the six-yard box. There's Liverpool defenders sliding everywhere but they can't clear it. It drops to Doucouré, who burst into the box, and he smashes home from close range.
GOAL!! WATFORD 1-1 LIVERPOOL (Mane, 29)
Ruthless and quite brilliant attacking from the Reds. They venture deep into Watford territory and get their passing game going. Moreno finds Can, who flicks a sensational ball into the path of Mane. He only has Gomes to beat but makes it look easy - curling into the far corner. Liverpool are off and running.
WATFORD 1-0 LIVERPOOL
27: A chant of "Merson, Merson - what's the score" echoes around the ground. Perhaps in regards to the great man's prediction that Watford will be relegated. Their team in full control currently.
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24: Nothing is sticking up top for Liverpool. Kaboul is first to everything. Not sure Firmino has won a 50-50 challenge yet.
25: CHANCE! Cleverley dances into space down the right. He floats a ball into the middle which calls for Mignolet to charge off his line and scramble the ball clear.
21: Over a quarter of the game gone and Gomes hasn't had a save to make. No shots on goal so far from Liverpool - they are very flat. Watford doing all the positive work. Okaka still giving Lovren the runaround.
16: Trouble here for Janmaat - he looks to have tweaked a muscle at the top of his leg. He goes off for a bit of treatment, but is OK to continue, for now. Doesn't look good.
17: SUB! Femenía - a free transfer from Alaves - is on to replace him.
WATFORD 1-0 LIVERPOOL
11: Vicarage Road is bouncing. Marco Silva is all smiles. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp instructs his team to keep their chins up. No response as yet - Watford in control with Okaka providing a brilliant platform through the middle.
GOAL!! WATFORD 1-0 LIVERPOOL (Okaka, 8)
The big man strikes - although this is a gift, wrapped up and delivered by the Liverpool defence. The corner is whipped in from the right, Mignolet stays on his line and his defenders stand and watch as Okaka has a free header from four yards out. Mignolet gets a hand to it but he can't keep it out. Can't wait for Carragher to dissect that one at half-time. Shocking defending.
WATFORD 0-0 LIVERPOOL
7: CHANCE!!! Okaka bruises his way through two challenges on half-way and slides a wonderful ball in behind forPereyra to chase. He backs Lovren into the box and fires an effort which is pushed wide by Mignolet. Corner.....
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5: Alexander-Arnold looks confident. He moves forward and tries to pick a tough pass for Firmino in behind. He's only inches away from completing it as the ball runs through to Gomes.
3: Slow start. Defenders seeing most of the ball as both teams keen to ease their way into the season.
1: KICK-OFF! Here we go. The waiting is over. Watford get the game underway.
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