On a blustery day, Jurgen Klopp’s men were far from their scintillating best but Salah stepped up once again with his brace meaning he has now scored 42 goals in 52 games at Anfield.
It’s not the start new Watford boss Nigel Pearson will have wanted to his tenure but there were plenty of positive signs for the visitors who created several good chances.
Ultimately they failed to capitalise, as the Reds recorded their first home clean sheet of the season and were punished at the other end by the Egyptian's quality.
Man of the match
"I'll go for Mo Salah"
"I’ll go for Mo Salah because of that second goal, I was actually going to choose Alisson because he’s made big saves on big occasions for Liverpool.
"But now Salah has scored his second of the match, and with such audacity, I’m going to give it to him."
View from the dugout
"What you have to show in this period of the season is resilience"
The Reds boss was pleased to come through another tough challenge but lamented the loss of Gigi Wijnaldum to injury in the second half.
"Today's identity will serve us well in the fight ahead"
The new Hornets boss reflects on his first match in charge, as they prepare to battle against relegation.
View from the dressing room
"I've been practising with my right foot"
Two-goal hero Salah and James Milner reflect on playing in the windy conditions, with the man of the match joking about scoring with his lesser-favoured foot.
"If they get five or six more wins by the end of January, it's done"
Three-time Premier League winner Joe Cole believes the Reds are almost there and that the festive period will define their title challenge.
Tweet of the game
Fine margins!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 14, 2019
Liverpool denied a second with Sadio Mane centimetres offside.
Picture of the game
From sublime to the ridiculous for Salah...
Liverpool are unbeaten in 34 Premier League games (W29 D5), the third-longest run in the history of the competition after Arsenal (49) between May 2003-October 2004 and Chelsea (40) between October 2004-October 2005.
Watford have won just nine points from 17 games this season – each of the nine previous teams to accumulate nine points or fewer after 17 Premier League matches were eventually relegated.
Klopp’s men have won their last 16 home top-flight matches – they’ve only had one longer run at Anfield in their history, winning 21 in a row between January and December 1972.
Salah has now scored 84 goals in 126 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool – two more than Luis Suarez (82) netted in 133 games for the Reds.
Aston Villa (A) - Tuesday 17 December, 7.45pm - Carabao Cup quarter-final
TBC - Wednesday 18 December, 5.30pm - Club World Cup semi-final
TBC - Saturday 21 December, Club World Cup final
Manchester United (H) - Sunday 22 December, 2pm
Sheffield United (A) - Thursday 26 December, 3pm
Aston Villa (H) - Saturday 28 December, 3pm
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