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'We lost our minds' - Liverpool manager reacts to thumping at Watfo

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Liverpool's Jordan Henderson (second left) stands with his teammates as they wait while a Watford player receives injury treatment during the English Premier League soccer match at Vicarage Road stadium in Watford, yesterday. Watford won 3-0.
Watford's Odion Ighalo celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match against Liverpool at Vicarage Road stadium in Watford, yesterday.
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LONDON (AP):

Liverpool slumped to a 3-0 defeat at Watford in the Premier League yesterday, while managerless Swansea drew 0-0 at home to West Ham at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool now trail the Champions League places by five points after their latest loss, while Swansea stayed in the relegation zone after taking a point.

Watford took the lead at Vicarage Road after only three minutes. Nathan Ake poking in after stand-in Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, replacing the injured Simon Mignolet, dropped a corner.

Odion Ighalo then netted twice, with a composed finish in the 15th, before heading in unmarked in the 85th as Liverpool were punished for a stagnant and unimaginative performance.

Manager Jurgen Klopp felt his side's reaction to conceding early contributed to the rest of their display.

"We lost our minds after the first goal; we lost our compact formation," Klopp said. "The reaction has to be better. We came here to do something really different than what you saw. Hopefully, it is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool FC life from now on."

NO WORRY FOR WATFORD

Liverpool failed to offer anything in attack that worried Watford, which played at a higher tempo and with more attacking intent throughout the encounter.

The victory is their fourth in a row in the Premier League and leaves them only a point behind Tottenham in fourth, on 28.

"We are fighting a lot; we are very competitive," Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores said. "I feel completely happy with the performance and the players. We are playing against amazing teams, but we control the matches."

In Wales, Swansea missed some good chances in the first half against West Ham as theyfailed to claim the victory that would have lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Andre Ayew, Ki Sung-yueng and Jack Cork failed to convert opportunities as Swansea stayed in the bottom three, two points adrift of safety.

West Ham substitute Enner Valencia almost won it for the visitors late on, but his strike was tipped over the bar by Lukasz Fabianski as Slaven Bilic's side settled for their third straight goalless draw.

Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis challenged his team to be more ruthless in attack. "We can all see that we are lacking a cutting edge," Curtis said. "At least we looked like a Swansea City team again, but we need to find something in the final third."