Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said winning the Premier League is his priority, after The Reds topped the league table for the first time this year thanks to a 2-0 win over Watford. Diogo Jota and Fabinho scored the goals at Anfield as Klopp’s men were two points clear of Manchester City, who travel to Burnley later on Saturday. The Hornets’ visit marked the start of a great month for Liverpool as they continue to hunt for a historically quadrupled trophies.
A potential title decider to City next weekend falls between both matches of the Champions League quarter-final against Benfica, before another meeting with City in the FA Cup semi-finals.
“The Premier League is the most important competition,” said Klopp, whose side won the League Cup in February.
“Hopefully another big two months (ahead). This week can decide a lot about what May will be like.
“The boys have built a top base and we have to use that now.”
Klopp could afford the luxury of leaving Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane on the bench after their efforts in international service, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold on his return from injury.
However, the hosts did not have the easy afternoon Klopp had hoped for with tougher tests ahead.
Watford urgently needs points for their own battle to beat relegation.
Ismaila Sarr posed a major threat to the visitors as he nearly caught Alisson Becker off his line early on.
Liverpool needed the Brazilian goalkeeper to be strong enough for a few seconds to decide the game midway through the first half.
Alisson held out to parry Juraj Kucka’s powerful low bet as the Slovak was passed on goal.
The home side quickly broke out the other way and Alexander-Arnold’s substitute, Joe Gomez, swung in a cross and Jota cut in Ben Foster to score his 20th goal of the season.
But there was a nervousness around Anfield as Watford refused to slack and even got a glorious chance to equalize in the second half.
Sarr created the danger again with an outburst down the left flank and his cut was shot wide by Joao Pedro.
Liverpool had to wait up to a minute to get the two-goal cushion they wanted when Kucka Jota struggled to the ground from a corner.
Mohamed Salah had already been substituted by Sadio Mane at that point, so Fabinho took responsibility from the spot and blasted into the top corner to secure Liverpool’s 10th consecutive Premier League win.
“I don’t think I will ever see the best game of the season after the international break,” said Klopp. “We were very mature and very controlled.”
With defeat Watford still remains in the bottom three, still three points behind Everton, who also have three games in hand.
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