Updated:Apr 2, 2022
Diogo Jota’s 20th goal of the season and a late penalty from substitute Fabinho saw Liverpool clinch a 2-0 win over Watford on Saturday to set up a Premier League title clash with Manchester City next weekend.
In the early stages, Watford had some joy getting in behind Liverpool’s back line, yet no sooner had Cucho Hernandez failed to beat Allison one-on-one, than Joe Gomez was able to fizz a cross into Jota on the counter, who headed in on the 22nd minute.
Fresh off the back of Portugal’s qualification for the World Cup midweek, Jota looked dangerous all afternoon, and when brought down in the box in the 87th minute, Fabinho stepped up to coolly fire the resulting penalty into the top left corner.
That said, Watford had threatened towards the start of the second half, and Brazilian striker João Pedro nearly levelled in the 57th minute, cutting inside and curling just wide of the right post.Embed from Getty Images
Ex-Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson also rolled the dice nine minutes later, bringing on Tom Cleverley, Josh King and Emmanuel Dennis, but the home side held on to claim a vital three points.
While Liverpool’s win sends them top of the Premier League by two points, Man City have the chance to return to the summit before next weekend, when they travel to struggling Burnley later on Saturday afternoon.
Defeat for Watford, on the other hand, leaves them three points from safety having played three games more than 17th place Everton, with Leeds United up next in a critical match in their fight against relegation.
So who has the upper hand in this season’s Premier League title race now? Will Man City be able to retain their crown? Or are Liverpool now in pole position to win their second title in 32 years? Let us know in the comment section below.