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00:06  13 august  2017
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Watford enquire for Alberto Moreno

  Watford enquire for Alberto Moreno Watford have lodged an official enquiry for Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, according to IBTimesUK. The Reds defender had a superb game against Bayern Munich in Liverpool’s recent friendly, but looks likely to be surplus to Jurgen Klopp’s requirements ahead of next season. Liverpool have already signed Andy Robertson from Hull in this window for a fee of around £8m, offering a rotational option to James Milner. This could spell the end of Moreno’s time at Anfield, with Watford seemingly keen to bring him in this summer. Marco Silva’s side are somewhat weak on the left hand side of defence, and Moreno would undoubtedly bolster the Hornets’ options, while offering competition to Jose Holebas. It’s stated in the report that Silva is a big fan of Moreno’s speed and technical ability, and a move is most certainly plausible if Klopp is content with the two defensive options at his disposal at left-back. Moreno signed for the Reds back in 2014 but has failed to tie down a regular place in the starting line-up.

The visitors looked set to bring an end to their six game winless streak in the Premier League, but Eddie Howe's men were able to recover late on. Bournemouth twice fought back to draw 2-2 with Watford at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as both sides' wait for a Premier League win in 2017 goes on.

Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero both netted late goals as Manchester City came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Saturday. The former Tottenham goalkeeper came out to deny Fernandinho who was looking to latch on to David Silva's 29th-minute pass and Raheem Sterling

Miguel Britos struck deep into stoppage time as Watford secured a late point following a 3-3 draw with Liverpool at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The Premier League returned in thrilling fashion on Friday night with Arsenal's dramatic 4-3 win over Leicester and the goals continued to flow at Vicarage Road with Stefano Okaka (8) and Sadio Mane (29) exchanging strikes.

Liverpool 'on fire' for season start, says Emre Can

  Liverpool 'on fire' for season start, says Emre Can Ahead of Liverpool's Premier League opener away to Watford, Emre Can believes his side is in position to hit the ground running.A fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool's vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season.

Atdhe Nuhiu (left) scored in the 91st minute to deny Watford the Championship title in agonising style. Substitute Nuhiu's late goal meant the Championship title was won by Bournemouth.

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Watford, led by Marco Silva for the first time in the Premier League, regained the lead soon after through Abdoulaye Doucoure (32) but second-half goals from Roberto Firmino (54) and Mohamed Salah (57) saw Jurgen Klopp's side turn the game on its head.

And Liverpool, who hit the crossbar through Joel Matip, looked to be heading for all three points until Britos (90+4) struck to rescue a point for the Hornets.

Much of the build-up was dominated by the speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho's future at Anfield which was an unwelcome distraction for Klopp and his side ahead of the season opener.

They had further problems just nine minutes in as Okaka ghosted into the box unopposed to head Jose Holebas' corner past Simon Mignolet from close range to give Silva the perfect start to his Watford reign.

Emre Can: Liverpool 'on fire' for season start

  Emre Can: Liverpool 'on fire' for season start Ahead of the club's Premier League opener away to Watford, the German international believes his side is in position to hit the ground runningA fully-fit Emre Can believes Liverpool's vibrant and enthusiastic dressing room can generate a positive start to the Premier League season.

Late strikes from Camilo Zúñiga and a Troy Deeney Penalty secure sensational win . Watford recorded a spectacular win over Manchester United this afternoon, to secure their first victory over the Red Devils for United's front-man was again denied as he seemed destined to take a shot at goal.

Deeney's strike partner Ighalo also got in on the act by scoring his 13th Premier League goal of the campaign against the champions. Substitute Eden Hazard won a late penalty after the Belgium international was brought down by Watford 's Valon Behrami.

Liverpool had hardly had a kick but found themselves back on level terms in the 29th minute when Emre Can's sensational flick picked out Mane, who curled the ball into the top corner.

However, Klopp's men were level for all of three minutes as Watford, who replaced the injured Daryl Janmaat with Kiko Femenia, took advantage of more poor Liverpool defending through Doucoure's close-range finish.

Immediately after the break Watford lost Roberto Pereyra to injury, handing Richarlison his Premier League debut, and they lost their lead, Firmino making no mistake from the spot after Salah was brought down by Heurelho Gomes.

Liverpool completed the turnaround three minutes later. Dejan Lovren's long ball picked out Firmino, who lifted the ball over the onrushing Gomes, leaving Salah to bundle the ball home from close range to secure a debut goal.

The visitors went close to extending their lead when Matip's header cannoned back off the crossbar and Salah's shot rustled the side netting, but missed chances came back to haunt the Reds deep into injury time.

Liverpool team news: Watford (A)

  Liverpool team news: Watford (A) It’s that time! The Premier League season kicks off today, well with the exception of Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester on Friday night. For football fans across the country, it’s something we wait all summer for. The Reds kick things off with a journey down to what has been to us a very unforgiving Vicarage Road. Our last two results against Watford have bought a 3-0 defeat for the Reds, and a slim 1-0 victory courtesy of Emre Can’s sublime overhead kick, which was voted the Goal of the Season. Liverpool appear to be in good shape heading into the opening game, however, there are a few players that will miss out: Daniel Sturridge (Thigh injury, duration 1 week). Adam Lallana (Thigh injury, duration 2-3 months) Nathaniel Clyne (Hamstring, 2-3 weeks) Philippe Coutinho (Back strain, duration – likely to miss opening games v Watford and Hoffenheim). In his press conference on Friday, Jurgen Klopp said: “Coutinho has back problems. He’s not available. He’s also a doubt for Tuesday unfortunately. He hasn’t trained since last Friday.” The boss also went on to confirm positive news about Sturridge, “I’m pretty sure Daniel (Sturridge) will be ok for Tuesday.” Danny Ings is closer to a return following his long rehabilitation program coming to a close, this was due to a lengthy lay off with a knee injury. He plays for the U23’s on Friday night. No return date was given for him, but we wish him all the best for a speedy return.

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Mignolet parried Richarlison's shot onto the bar but the ball dropped to Britos, who bundled the ball over the line to secure a share of the spoils.

Opta stats Watford are unbeaten in their last 11 opening day league games (W5 D6).Liverpool failed to win an opening day Premier League game for the first time since 2012/13.Six of Stefano Okaka's seven Premier League goals have come in home matches.Sadio Mane has scored with his first shot on target in the Premier League in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 seasons.Mohamed Salah is the 12th different player to score on his Premier League debut for Liverpool.Man of the Match - Mohamed Salah

Andy Hinchcliffe: Liverpool needed to turn things around drastically at half-time and the player that did that for them in the second half was Salah.

With no Coutinho, Liverpool were looking to Salah to be this inspiration, this creative spark and his pace and his movement off the ball is absolutely superb.

He got his goal, which was not the most glamourous he'll ever score but his second-half performance, including winning the penalty, was outstanding.

Manager reaction - Jurgen Klopp

"They didn't create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, 'Oh, it was a set-piece'

"We defended most of them really well, but at the end is it enough if we concede one goal? No. We have to work on it."

Pundit view - Jamie Carragher

"On set pieces it's not about the defenders. The way Liverpool are set up - set piece wise - they will always concede goals. No matter which defenders they buy or how much they cost - it won't make a difference."

What next?

It's European action up next for Liverpool as they look to bounce back from their opening day draw. Klopp's side travel to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena to face Hoffenheim for the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Meanwhile, Watford will be hoping to build on the point when they return to Premier League action next Saturday, August 19 at Bournemouth.

Behrami leaves Watford for Udinese .
A busy transfer window for Watford has continued with the sale of Valon Behrami, who has joined Udinese.Valon Behrami has left Watford to join Udinese on a two-year deal.

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