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Liverpool do enough to see off competitive Watford

Liverpool saw off a competitive Watford 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah scored twice, curling the ball into the far corner for the opener before flicking in a late second in the final minute of normal time.

Watford missed chances in both halves too, while Liverpool's Sadio Mane had a header ruled out for offside following a review by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Liverpool remain unbeaten in the league this season while Watford sit six points from safety at the bottom of the table.

The Reds were made to work for their victory though - goalkeeper Alisson making smart saves after the break, while Watford's Ismaila Sarr also wasted a huge chance.

The Anfield crowd, who were frustrated at times by a lack of intensity and sloppiness, grew anxious as the game wore on - Virgil van Dijk almost passing the ball into his own net following a mix up with Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold being caught out of possession on the right.

But the European champions, who are chasing a first league title in 30 years, were carrying winning momentum and victory here at Anfield leaves them heading into the new year with a healthy lead at the top of the table.

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