Danny Rose was left bemused as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s reaction to Mohamed Salah was spotted – .

Danny Rose was left bemused as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s reaction to Mohamed Salah was spotted – .

Liverpool continued their encouraging start to the season with a one-sided defeat at Watford.
Roberto Firmino scored a hat-trick while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also scored as the Reds claimed a 5-0 Premier League victory on Saturday.

The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions and remain one point behind leaders Chelsea at the start of the standings.

But there was a lot that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Vicarage Road.

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Salah is the thorn of Rose

Danny Rose will surely have woken up on Sunday morning and made sure to check the date.

After all, the Watford defender would be forgiven for not knowing what day he was left in a good state by Salah, a few difficult first moments precursors to a full 90 minutes of sheer misery against the Liverpool man.

And for the half hour, Salah twisted Rose back and forth to such an extent that the full-back didn’t see Sadio Mane approaching and fell directly on top of him, resulting in a long treatment for a sore body and bruised pride.

It was hard not to feel sympathy for the former England international. A little bit anyway.

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Trent can’t believe it

Diogo Jota was out of his seat in the canoe. Ibrahima Konaté could barely understand things. And Virgil van Dijk apparently almost burst out laughing in disbelief at what had happened.

But if there’s one reaction that says a lot about Salah’s latest miracle strike, it’s Trent Alexander-Arnold’s.

The right-back had been the Egyptian’s closest player as he embarked on his labyrinthine run and had a perfect view of his next foolproof finish.

And as he ran to congratulate Salah, an impressed Alexander-Arnold put his hands to his face in disbelief. You and all of us, Trent.

Mane echoes Firmino

If Salah received the applause, it was Firmino who returned home with the match ball after a hat-trick that any number nine predator would be proud of.

And it gave the Brazilian a chance to peruse his celebratory repertoire, including an elaborate post-opening issue that was copied brand-style by the ever-willing Mane.

So it only seemed right when Van Dijk dived into Firmino’s playbook and released a karate kick to celebrate the striker completing his hat-trick.

No one, however, does it quite like Bobby.

Klopp respects Ranieri

Watford supporters are so used to a manager change these days that there was only a wave of applause ahead of the game when new boss Claudio Ranieri was introduced.

At least the Italian was greeted warmly by Jurgen Klopp on the sideline.

And there was another less obvious hug during the warm-up as young Liverpool goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga cheerfully greeted 20-year-old Watford forward Joao Pedro.

The fledgling duo had both been to Fluluminese in their native Brazil.


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