Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (centre) takes a goal-bound shot during their EPL match against Watford on Saturday. AFP
Liverpool tightened their grip on the Premier League title race thanks to two Mohamed Salah goals in a 2-0 win over Watford to extend their lead at the top to 10 points as Norwich ended second-placed Leicester’s nine-game winning run to claim an unexpected 1-1 draw at the King Power.
Chelsea were also shocked 1-0 at home to Bournemouth to see their lead over the chasing pack in fourth further cut, while Sheffield United moved into fifth with a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
At Anfield, Liverpool kept their first clean sheet at home this season but only thanks to Watford’s wastefulness in front of goal as the Hornets showed why they are the lowest scoring side in the league.
Abdoulaye Doucoure and Ismaila Sarr both failed to make a proper connection with the goal gaping in the first half and the 40-point difference between the sides in the table was shown only in the difference of quality in the finishing.
Salah struck twice as he rounded off a rapid Liverpool counter-attack from a Watford corner eight minutes before half-time.
The Egyptian then settled the home crowd’s nerves a minute from time when he cheekily flicked home Divock Origi’s mishit shot.
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Radja Nainggolan grabbed the equaliser in a 1-1 draw for Cagliari to dent the title ambitions of his parent club Inter Milan, who struggled to a third consecutive stalemate on Sunday.