Liverpool surged to the top of the Premier League for the first time in the Jurgen Klopp era with a 6-1 pak of Watford.
Klopp’s men took their unbeaten streak to 12 matches in all competitions as Sadio Mane scored twice and they blew away Watford’s challenge with three first-half goals in the space of 16 minutes.
First, Philippe Coutinho crossed for Mane to glance home a 20th-minute header before the Brazilian playmaker himself hammered home his fifth of the season three minutes later and Emre Can made it 3-0 before the break.
Watford’s pain continued in the second half, as Adam Lallana set up a tap-in for Roberto Firmino, Mane notching his sixth of the season and substitute Georginio Wijnaldum netting his first for the club.
Daryl Janmaat got a miserly consolation for the visitors.
Brazilian ace Coutinho explained how the movement of Liverpool’s attacking players as five different players got on the scoresheet.
He says: “The manager asks us to move a lot and that’s what we tried to do in the game and
create space for our teammates.
“That’s what we tried to do today. We had a good win, it’s good for us and we are happy with that.”
The Reds No.10’s strike was his fifth goal of the Premier League campaign — but Coutinho is not setting any personal objectives.
He adds: “My target is to play well and help my teammates, contribute in the games and learn a lot, and that’s it.”
Klopp is keeping his feet on the ground after hitting the lead.
He adds: “If somebody thinks being one point ahead after
eleven matchdays is a big sign for the rest of the season, I can’t help this person. Sorry!
“We stay cool, nothing
happened. It’s the best position I can imagine actually, but really nothing else happened.
“We didn’t speak one word about the possibility of being top of the table.”
“The only thing you can do is to work and stay concentrated, because a lot of different things could happen in the next few weeks and months.
“How positive they are is up to us, actually.”