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English Premier League 2015-16

‘We lost our minds’, Klopp fumes as Liverpool flop against Watford

Goalkeeper Bogdan’s blunder and more calamitous defending allow Hornets to sweep to a 3-0 English Premier League victory – their first home win over the Reds in 29 years

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 December, 2015, 1:08am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 December, 2015, 1:08am

Adam Bogdan’s embarrassing blunder cost lacklustre Liverpool dearly as Watford swept to a 3-0 English Premier league success on Sunday that gave them their first home win over the Reds for 29 years.

Juergen Klopp’s side had only themselves to blame for the chastening loss at Vicarage Road and Hungarian goalkeeper Bogdan was the chief culprit after dropping a routine corner that Nathan Ake converted for Watford’s early opener.

Always in football it is like this, somebody makes a mistake. You have to react better
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

More calamitous defending, this time from Martin Skrtel, allowed Odion Ighalo to double Watford’s lead and the Nigeria forward completed Liverpool’s misery with his second late on.

Liverpool’s performance was comically bad at times and ranked as the heaviest loss of Klopp’s two months in charge.

Klopp accused his Liverpool flops of losing their minds.

“It was a bad start to the game. Of course the first goal with Adam Bogdan, he should keep it and he drops it,” Klopp said.

“Always in football it is like this, somebody makes a mistake. You have to react better.

“We lost our minds and stopped playing football. The second goal was very easy, we can defend this better.

“The start to the second half was very good, we could have scored two goals, but we didn’t and then the third goal. Yeah, game over.”

The Reds are now without a win in their last three Premier League matches, leaving them five points off the top four heading into the hectic Christmas period.

While Liverpool are some way short of the finished article, Quique Sanchez Flores’ Watford are enjoying their best season since the golden Graham Taylor era in the 1980s.

Even in a campaign already full of memorable performances, this was a landmark moment for Watford as they recorded their first victory over Liverpool since 1999 and their first on home soil since a John Barnes inspired win in December 1986.

“It was an amazing victory against an amazing team,” Flores told the BBC.

Yet the Spaniard was keen not to get too carried away with his side’s progress. “We should be humble, we have a lot of matches to play,” he added.

The seventh-placed Hornets’ fourth successive win lifted them to within one point of the top four and maintained the momentum of a remarkably strong showing in their first season back in the top flight for eight years.