Watford: Bruising hitmen Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney suffocated Liverpool’s slipshod defence as Watford prevailed 3-0 at Vicarage Road for a fourth-successive Premier League victory.

Watford’s striker Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring. PIC/AFP
Watford’s striker Odion Ighalo celebrates after scoring. Pic/AFP

Adam Bogdan endured a nightmare league debut for Liverpool, never able to settle after gifting Nathan Ake Watford’s early opening goal.

Ighalo’s brace pushed his tally to 12 goals in 17 appearances this term, partner Deeney claiming a hand in both strikes as Watford beat Liverpool at home for the first time since 1986.

Leicester top the table
Quique Sanchez Flores’ flourishing 4-4-2 leaves Watford just one point shy of the top four. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester sit top of the table at Christmas thanks to the very same and humblest of old school English tactics.

Liverpool slipped to four games without a win, paying the price for starting without a recognised striker despite boasting Divock Origi and Christian Benteke on the bench.

Manager Jurgen Klopp has a sizeable job on his hands to resolve Liverpool’s extensive defensive shortcomings, with the Anfield men languishing in mid-table. Hungary stopper Bogdan was drafted in at the expense of Simon Mignolet, who Liverpool said had a tight hamstring.