Liverpool beat Watford to bolster European back-up plan

Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 at Anfield on Saturday in a result which shores up their European hopes for next season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will enter the Champions League if they win the Europa League final against Sevilla but this result sees them close to within two points of Southampton – who sitting in sixth will currently qualify for the Europa League. Liverpool also have a game in hand.
Liverpool were a little sharper and eventually took the lead thanks to Joe Allenin the 35th minute. In the second half, the Reds came back a little brighter, for the first 10 minutes or so really pressing Watford, who took a back seat. However, the Hornets started to make more of an impression as the game wore on, even if Odion Ighalo has now not scored in 12 league games.
Substitute Roberto Firmino scored in the 76th minute to effectively end the match as a contest with a low strike into the net, but not before Heurelho Gomes got a hand to it and clumsily let go again.
The result is likely to spell bad news for Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, who is rumoured to be facing the sack.

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