Javi Gracia admits Liverpool were much better than Watford in 5-0 win
Last Updated: 17/03/18 9:14pm
Watford manager Javi Gracia admitted his side had been outplayed after they were beaten 5-0 by Liverpool on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah scored four times for the Reds and the result rarely looked in doubt from the moment he netted the opener in the fourth minute.
Watford offered little aside from a dipping free-kick from Roberto Pereyra that hit the bar when they were already 3-0 down.
Gracia said: "We knew we had a tough game. We conceded an early goal and then it was very difficult.
"We know we were playing against one of the best teams in Europe at this moment and they were much better than us.
"We tried to play like a team, we tried to find the best option but we need to compete with the best level we can and it was not the best performance for us today."
Defeat means Watford are still yet to win on the road under Gracia, and have not scored an away goal since he was appointed in January.
Gracia felt his team maybe lacked spirit, saying: "Before the match I felt it but after conceding five goals, after the match, I'm not sure. We need to improve and now we have time - two weeks - to prepare for our next match."
Watford are next in action at home against Bournemouth on Saturday, March 31.