English Premier League (EPL) winning coach Claudio Ranieri got off to a miserable start at the helm as Watford were thrashed 0-5 at home by 2019/20 Uefa Champions League winners Liverpool on Saturday October 16, 2021.
Watford is Ranieri’s 22nd different job in his long and varied coaching career leaving the Italian who won the Premier League in the 2015/16 season nothing to trigger a celebration before his 70th birthday on Thursday, October 21, 2021.
Roberto Firmino claimed a hat-trick, Sadio Mane scored his 100th Premier League goal and Mohamed Salah struck another superb solo effort as Liverpool eased past Watford to go top of the table.
Firmino completed the scoring in the final minute for his first hat-trick since December 2018.
Sadio Mane became the third African player to score 100 Premier League goals and Salah’s goal takes him level with former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in Premier League history with 104 goals.
It was Watford’s heaviest Premier League defeat since their eight-goal hammering by Manchester City in September 2019 and their biggest at home since the same opponents scored six here two years before that.
The result means Liverpool have scored three goals or more in all six away games in all competitions so far this season, something no other English top-flight side has ever managed. It also extended their unbeaten start to the season and took them back to the top of the table, before Chelsea’s visit to Brentford later at 19;30 East African Time.