Daryl Janmaat will not be cracking open the champagne on the return flight to Luton to celebrate his first goal for Watford. The defender’s strike in the Hornets’ 6-1 loss could barely be classed as a consolation.
“It is always hard to take 6-1,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “Liverpool showed they were much better than us. The quality on pitch today was the difference and Liverpool were much better than us.”
That they were. In fact, right now, Liverpool are the best team in the league, a point above second-placed Chelsea. Reds captain Jordan Henderson felt it would have been difficult for any team to stop his side today, particularly the attacking triumvirate of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
“I feel as though, when we’re on it and we’re performing well – and that’s not just going forward but defensively – with the front three it will be very difficult for teams to stop,” said Henderson.
But for all of Liverpool’s brilliance, Watford made it too easy for the home side on a bitterly cold afternoon on Merseyside. As was the case when you saw the team rock up at Southampton and Swansea last season, the Hornets’ squad were simply not up for a fight and the number warming up in tracksuits, wearing scarves or snoods – Juan Camilo Zuniga had a head garment which covered all but his face – smacked of a team who didn’t fancy it.
Walter Mazzarri was straight down the tunnel both at half-time, when the score was already 3-0, and at full-time. He will not have been happy with the effort put in by his players. The way Nordin Amrabat, Ben Watson and Troy Deeney went up to the away fans suggested they knew it wasn’t good enough.
“They are good but we could have done more,” said Janmaat. “Losing 6-1 is too much and we must analyse this. It’s a hard defeat but it is only one game. We came stronger near the end but at least we kept going. We have to forget about this. It’s Liverpool away and they are very good.”