Player Ratings: Watford 3-0 Liverpool

Jacob Culshaw analyses each Watford players’ contribution during the 3-0 win over Liverpool at Vicarage Road, giving each one a rating out of 10.

Heurelho Gomes

Gomes didn’t himself in a bad light in front of the Sky Sports cameras, claiming a number of crosses to ease the pressure on the Hornets’ back line. The goalkeeper make a good save to deny Jordan Henderson early in the second half and was continuously reliable throughout. 7.5/10

Allan Nyom

Nyom did well defensively and made some great surging runs forward when given the opportunity; something he clearly enjoys doing! Held a great line with his team-mates too as Liverpool were caught of side on a number of occasions. 8

Miguel Britos

Much like his partner in the heart of the Watford defence, Britos is asserting himself as a Premier League defender and looked assured all afternoon against the Reds. The Uruguayan seemed to relish the physical battle against substitute Christian Benteke. 8

Craig Cathcart

Cathcart has been one of the Hornets’ best and most reliable defenders this season. The Northern Ireland international hasn’t put a foot wrong for a while – with the Liverpool game being no exception – and has formed an impressive pairing with Britos at the back. 8

Nathan Ake

Ake looks to be a real prospect and has already displayed great maturity at such a young age. His early goal got Watford going and as ever the Dutchman again displayed his class to the Vicarage Road faithful. The Hornets came under threat early in the second half but Ake showed superb concentration not to dive in or make a rash challenge. Sign him up, Quique! 8.5

Jose Manuel Jurado

Solid game for the Spaniard making a couple of incisive runs towards the penalty area and feeding some tidy balls in to the Liverpool penalty. Jurado looked a bit lazy on occasions but, like Abdi on the other side, put a good shift in. 7.5

Etienne Capoue

When Watford committed men forward it was Capoue who was the most progressive midfielder, with him at the forefront of most of the pressing, robbing midfielders and breaking away – something which has become a regular occurrence throughout this campaign. A prime example of this was for the Hornets’ third goal as Capoue stole possession and laid it off to Behrami who provided it on a plate for Ighalo to make it 3-0. 8

Ben Watson

A favourite of Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores, Watson broke up play throughout the afternoon by sitting in front of the back four. His strong partnership with Capoue means that fit-again Behrami may struggle to win back his place in the starting 11.  8

Almen Abdi

A very disciplined performance from Abdi who went about his work in a quiet fashion, doing the dirty work for the Hornets which, in hindsight, was vital for his side in picking up the three points. Although didn’t possess much attacking wise, he put in a real shift today. 7.5

Troy Deeney

Hassled the back four tirelessly and displayed an eye for a pass too by creating Ighalo’s second goal with a fine ball over the top of the Liverpool defence. 9 MOTM

Odion Ighalo

The ever reliable goal-scorer is on fire. A world-class finish for the opening goal, shrugging of Skrtel and finishing from that angle was truly impressive and his second, which was delivered on a plate by substitute Behrami, capped another fantastic day for the Nigerian. 8.5



Cracking ball to Ighalo who couldn’t miss, should he play instead of Abdi? Flores certainly has a selection dilemma on his hands. 6.5

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