Premier League leaders, Liverpool saw their 44 league match unbeaten run ended on a dramatic weekend affecting the relegation battle.
Ismaila Sarr put Watford ahead in the 54th minute when he turned in a low cross from Abdoulaye Doucoure, which quickly became two goals to the good six minutes later after smashing in from Troy Deeney’s through ball thanks to a smart pass from Will Hughes.
Deeney then completed the Hornets’ victory when Trent Alexander-Arnold gifted Sarr the ball, which the Senegalese played across to Deeney who curls in past Alisson to lift them out of the relegation zone.
Liverpool meanwhile suffered their first league defeat since losing to Manchester City in January 2019, as they retain a 22 point lead over the Citizens, who instead defeated second-bottom Aston Villa in the League Cup Final to retain the League Cup for a third consecutive season.Embed from Getty Images
Down in the relegation zone, Norwich remain rock-bottom despite Jamal Lewis’ second half curler gifting them a narrow win over third-placed Leicester.
Jarrod Bowen opened his West Ham goal scoring account as the Hammers defeated Southampton 3-1 to move out of the relegation zone, condemning Bournemouth to third-bottom after Marcos Alonso’s brace earned fourth-placed Chelsea a 2-2 draw.Embed from Getty Images
Elsewhere, Manchester United stay fifth after Bruno Fernandes cancelled out Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s opener for Everton in a scrappy 1-1 draw.
Wolves leapfrog Tottenham into sixth after twice coming from behind through Matt Doherty and Diogo Jota, before Raul Jimenez struck a late winner to edge an entertaining five goal thriller.
Crystal Palace made it back-to-back wins after Jordan Ayew fired in from Christian Benteke’s through ball to defeat Brighton.
Finally, Newcastle held Burnley to a goalless home draw in front of England manager, Gareth Southgate.