How Watford stops Liverpool's 44 game unbeaten run

Watford became the first premier league side to defeat Liverpool since Manchester City in January 2019 which put an end to the joint-longest winning streak of 18 games and the second-longest unbeaten run in English top-flight history second to Arsenal 49 - but how did Watford do it?

Watford's defeat of Liverpool was the biggest over a side starting the day top of the top-flight table by a team in the relegation zone since Leicester defeated Manchester United 3-0 on November 23, 1985, which owned a lot to how they defended.

Liverpool had just a single shot on target in a Premier League game for the first time since the draw against Manchester United in February 2019 - as Christian Kabasele and Craig Cathcart made a wall in front of Ben Foster's goal throughout the 90 minutes.

Kabasele made 13 clearances, while Cathcart ranked second with 10 to his name during the Saturday night encounter.

"We just need to do that every week," happy Foster said after the match. "It's easy if you do it like that - we had a game plan and stuck to it really well.

"Their front three were dropping really deep to get the ball and we knew our game plan was working.

"We stuck to our task and took our chances when they came. We took a lot of belief when we played them at Anfield, I thought we were the better team then. There is a load more work to go."

Each time Liverpool sought to build up a head of steam, they found a very compact Watford side who dealt them two quick sucker-punches.

Since the draw vs Manchester united, Liver pool has not fallen behind until their last two games against West Ham which they eventually won 3-2 and finally lost 3-0 to Watford yesterday.

Though Watford had 29% possessions at the end of the match, they had twice as many goal attempts, 14 to Liverpool's seven.

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