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Ian Doyle's Liverpool player ratings from 2-0 win over Watford

Liverpool player ratings - Cheeky Mohamed Salah stars but Alisson Becker contribution crucial
Player ratings after Liverpool defeated Watford in the Premier League

By Ian Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
14:27, 14 DEC 2019

Alisson Becker 8
Parried one low cross first half and made good saves from Sarr and in particular Deulofeu second half.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
Found his range with the crossfield diagonal to Mane, which was the obvious out ball first half. Difficult time up against Deulofeu defensively, but did well.

Joe Gomez 7
Targeted by Deeney whenever possible, but held his own. Very nervous at times when in possession, but improved after the break and made some crucial tackles and interceptions.

Virgil van Dijk 6
Watford seemed determined to keep the ball away from the big Dutchman. Made one good clearance in front of own goal and one really bad backpass which almost gifted Watford an equaliser.

James Milner 6
Celebrated his new contract extension with a typically hard-working effort at left-back before switching to midfield when Robertson was introduced. Booked.

Jordan Henderson 6
Passing wasn't always accurate first half and his shooting less so. Improved a bit second half. Booked.

Gini Wijnaldum 5
Too often stretching for possession and hounded out of it during a difficult outing. Injured second half and replaced.

Xherdan Shaqiri 6
Wasn't involved enough by his team-mates but used the ball well. Defensively put in a shift, too. Subbed.

Roberto Firmino 5
Poor touch cost Liverpool an early chance and set the tone for a poor first half for the Brazilian, although his touch did initiate the opener. Took an age to get off a presentable shot second half, which was blocked.

Sadio Mane 7
A constant menace to the Watford backline with his pace and direct play, his pass created the first. Seemed distracted for a while after his header was disallowed.

Mohamed Salah 8
Curled one wide after a good run but didn't get sufficient service playing as the main striker until taking the opener expertly. Snatched at other chances but a constant pest when leading the line, and so cheeky with his second.

Andy Robertson (for Wijnaldum 59) 6
Slotted in at left-back and put in some dangerous low crosses.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Shaqiri 70) 6
Introduced on the right, did his bit.

Divock Origi (for Firmino 88)
The most unlikely assist of his career for Salah's second.

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