As Liverpool reclaimed top spot with a 5-0 win over Watford in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge, Mohamed Salah set up Sadio Mane’s 100th Premier League goal and scored himself, while Roberto Firmino bagged a hat-trick.
Liverpool took the lead in the ninth minute after winning a kickout from Watford, and Mohamed Salah played a sublime pass to Mane with the outside of his left boot, allowing the Senegalese striker to reach his Premier League century.
Mane then found James Milner on an overlapping run, and he drove a perfect ball across the goal for Firmino to score from close range in the 37th minute, putting the Reds up 2-0 at halftime.
Firmino added his second seven minutes after the break, capitalizing on a defensive blunder to poke home, before Salah stole the show two minutes later, outwitting three defenders in a tight space before curling the ball into the net.
Ranieri, who took over as Watford manager on October 4 after Xisco Munoz was fired, was left in no doubt about the magnitude of the task ahead of him as Watford fell woefully short, and Firmino added his third in second-half stoppage time.
The victory returns Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table with 18 points, two more than Chelsea, who can reclaim the lead if they beat Brentford in Saturday’s late game. Watford are 15th in the table with seven points.