Watford manager Javi Gracia says Liverpool game closer than scoreline suggests

Watford manager Javi Gracia says Liverpool game closer than scoreline suggests

"They should be aiming for a top ten finish as a minimum - although I don't think they're good enough for European football".

Parting with manager Julen Lopetegui sooner than many would have expected, Real Madrid are now sitting 6th in the table after 13 games; today's 3-0 defeat to Eibar their fifth league defeat of a disappointing season.

Liverpool were not hindered by their numerical disadvantage, however, with Roberto Firmino adding a late third goal as the visitors extended their unbeaten start to the Premier League season to 13 games.

Kickoff at Vicarage Road is 3pm (UK), the referee is Jon Moss.

"I think it (the result) tells the story because we stayed stubborn, they defended and counter attacked so we had a few really good moments we didn't score which is not a big problem if we stay on track", he said. "In similar games a year ago we were not that convincing but we controlled [this match]. It was exactly how it had to be in our situation". Shortly after that Liverpool went in front thanks to the first high-class move of the match. The Senegalese pulled it back to Salah, whose first-time shot gave Ben Foster no time to adjust.

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Ramos, who injured Salah in last season's Champions League final, is under the spotlight after German magazine Der Spiegel claimed the Real Madrid captain returned a positive test for the glucocorticoid dexamethasone after the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff. Salah got off a decent downward header from eight yards but Foster saved.

The 26-year-old Senegal worldwide, who signed from Southampton in 2016, agreed terms on a new contract which is thought to run until 2023 on Thursday.

Then, a week after registering his first worldwide goal, Alexander-Arnold added a second with a sublime, curling free kick.

Gracia is set to sign a new contract with Watford this week which will take him up to the end of the 2020/21 season, and the Spanish manager is happy to pen a new deal.

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