Liverpool are now in first place in the Premier League after a perfect 10-game run.
Liverpool ascended to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season after defeating Watford 2-0 thanks to a Diogo Jota header and a late Fabinho penalty.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side leads Manchester City by two points after trailing the English champions by 14 points little over two months ago. City travel to Burnley later on Saturday.
The Hornets’ visit started off a big month for the Reds, who are still chasing a record quadruple of titles.
Next weekend’s probable championship decider at City is sandwiched between both legs of a Champions League quarter-final against Benfica and another meeting with City in the FA Cup semi-finals.
After their international commitments, Klopp could afford to rest Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane, as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had returned from injury.
However, with stiffer tests ahead, the hosts did not enjoy the easy day Klopp had planned for.
Watford, however, is in dire need of points to avoid relegation.
Senegal defeated Egypt on penalties for the second time in less than two months on Tuesday, adding World Cup qualifying to their Africa Cup of Nations victory. Ismaila Sarr began alongside Mane.
Sarr was a significant danger from the outset for Roy Hodgson, almost catching Alisson Becker off his line early on.
Liverpool needed the Brazilian goalkeeper to perform at his best for a few seconds halfway through the first half to determine the game.
When the Slovakian waas played through on goal, Alisson remained firm to deflect Juraj Kucka’s powerful low shot.
The visitors quickly broke up the other end, and Joe Gomez, Alexander-deputy, Arnold’s sent in a cross, which Jota sneaked in front of Ben Foster to head in for his 20th goal of the season.
However, there was trepidation throughout Anfield as Watford refused to fold and even had a wonderful opportunity to equalise late in the game.
Sarr posed a new threat with a burst down the left flank, but Joao Pedro put his cut back wide.
When Kucka wrestled Jota to the ground from a corner, Liverpool had to wait until the last minute to obtain the two-goal cushion they sought.
Salah had already been replaced by Mane at that point, but Fabinho stepped up to the plate and hammered the ball into the top corner to give Liverpool their 10th straight Premier League victory.
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