Ratings: How the Watford players fared in the mauling at Liverpool

Heurelho Gomes 7


A short afternoon for the Brazilian after he limped off with a worrying knee injury. Even before Liverpool scored the two goals he conceded, his goal was constantly being peppered and had to be at his best to thwart a constant stream of Liverpool chances. He left the ground on crutches and in a knee brace. Not good.

Younes Kaboul 4

Still yet to put in a sold performance in a Watford shirt and you have your heart in your mouth when he has the ball at his feet. He had Gomes, his own goalkeeper, scrambling when a back pass when straight out for a goal kick. Watford were under enough pressure as it was. Struggled with the rest of his defensive colleagues to do anything to stop a rampant Liverpool attack, and was static when Sadio Mane ghosted in to score Liverpool’s fifth.  You feel when Cathcart and Prodl are fit he’ll struggle for game time.

Miguel Britos 4.5

Like his central defensive partner, he struggled to stop Liverpool walking all over Watford. Another player who has struggled this season after being excellent last year. Looked shaky in possession and couple of shanked clearances summed up a tough afternoon for the Uruguayan. Liverpool exploited the space between Britos and Holebas – and you can’t leave the 31-year-old one on one.

Daryl Janmaat 5.5

Hard to be to tough on the Dutchman, as it was difficult to work out whether he was playing in a back four or a back five. Either way it’s clear why Newcastle fans weren’t keen on his defending. He allowed Mane to peel off him for the first and, for the second time in quick succession, allowed Coutinho to step inside him and rifle in a shot. The Brazilian hit the sidenetting with the first but found the back of the net with the second. Janmaat did give the fans something to cheer by capping off a good Watford move down the right with his first goal for the club.

Jose Holebas 5

Struggled with the pace of Mane throughout and ended up being booked for a rash tackle on the Liverpool front man. He’ll now miss the Leicester game. Was prevented from getting forward as Watford were penned in for most of the match.

Valon Behrami 2

Comfortably his worst game in Watford shirt. Was toyed with by the Liverpool attack and was shocking on the ball, constantly giving it away. You perhaps knew wasn’t going to be his day after he was made to retake the kick-off. Maybe his legs are starting to go as Behrami has been poor for a few weeks now. Don’t be surprised to see Ben Watson starting after the international break.

Etienne Capoue 3

What on earth has happened to the Frenchmen after a blistering start to the season? Capoue’s performances have tailed off alarmingly, to such an extent that he failed to execute a simple return five-yard pass to Roberto Pereyra in the second half. He did force Karius into a making two good saves late on but Watford were dead and buried by then. You wouldn’t want him in the trenches with you.

Roberto Pereyra 4

Another whose performances have nosedived after a positive start. Maybe he’s still getting to grips with the speed and strength of the Premier League but he was a passenger here. He needs to play as one of a midfield three or a number ten. Asking him to play on the left-hand side of a midfield four is not going to get the best out of him.

Nordin Amrabat 6.5

By far Watford’s most threatening attacking player, which isn’t saying much. Had the beating of James Milner and at least gave it a go. Defensively, however, he was awful, allowing Milner to ghost past him into the box in first half and then he stood and watched as Emre Can jogged past him to head in the third. This wasn’t a compelling case for him and Janmaat to play in the same team.

Troy Deeney 4

His search for his 100th goal Watford continues – and he probably wouldn’t have got it had the teams still been playing now. A pretty flat afternoon for the captain who barely even saw the ball. Had a chance at the end when he saw a goal bound shot blocked but that’s now four games and counting since Deeney reached 99 Watford goals. Didn’t bully the Liverpool centre-halves like he did at Vicarage Road last year. In his defence, the service he received was non existent.

Odion Ighalo 4

Looked laboured and sluggish in possession while he closed down and challenged for the ball half heartedly. The forward did earn one chorus of his song, by collecting a diagonal Capoue pass and cutting inside, but his shot was comfortably saved by Karius. Never seemed to be in the right place at the right time when Watford put balls in the box, which is a stark contrast to his 2015 form. His starting place will certainly be in question when Isaac Success returns from injury.


Costel Pantilimon 6

A first competitive appearance for the Romanian since the FA cup semi-final and it was a tough baptism. Was helpless to prevent Liverpool scoring four more goals and, if anything, helped keep the score down, engaging in a private battle with the goal hungry Daniel Sturridge, making one excellent finger-tip save in particular.

Ben Watson 6

After playing in almost every Watford game last season Watson has been much more of a spectator this time round. If Mazzarri is even handed, he should start Watson in place of the struggling Behrami against Leicester. Shielded the defence much better than his Swiss counterpart did the previous 59 minutes and was involved in Watford’s move of the match.