Liverpool’s dream of ending the Premier League season undefeated ended Saturday evening with a stunning 3-0 loss at Watford.
Watford, who began the day in 19th place, went in front through Ismaila Sarr in the 54th minute.
The same player doubled the lead of the Premier League strugglers in the 60th minute, before captain Troy Deeney added a third in a delicious second-half display from the hosts.
Jürgen Klopp’s men, who had won their past 18 EPL matches, failed to sparkle against a rampant Watford side who move out of the relegation zone as a result of the win.
“It’s such an important win for us. But it is one win. Our season has been tough so far, with losing last week and not playing well, we were keen to get a response,” said Watford manager Nigel Pearson.
“They are such an outstanding side, we had to get our performance right – as close to max as possible – and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. We threatened with the ball and defended with discipline, energy and commitment. That’s been the message from day one.
“It’s in our own hands, and we have to deliver that performance week in, week out.”