Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacts to Watford defeat as Premier League run ends
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits his side weren't good enough as they were swept aside 3-0 by Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Reds failed to create any chances in the first 45 minutes and were completely outplayed by Watford after the interval.
Ismaila Sarr netted twice in the second-half, before Troy Deeney sealed the win in the closing stages.
Liverpool remain 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League and are heading for their first top flight title in 30 years.
But the club's unbeaten run this term is over- and Klopp admits his side weren't at the races throughout the tie.
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"They did exactly what they wanted to do, we did not. That's how football works," he said at full-time.
"The first half was a tough one, a lot of second balls, running here and there, we had the ball a lot but we didn't come in the right positions to cross, the right positions to finish, against a really good, organised side, with a top set-up for this game.
"You have to accept it, it's not so easy, but it's the proof we were not good enough tonight.
"It's always very difficult. We have to accept if after. In the game you have to fight.
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"We were 3-0 down but we still tried, there were no silly situations where somebody got frustrated and tried to kick someone.
"If you win good, if you lose, try to do it in the right manner and do it like a man."
Liverpool's status as champions-elect remains intact.
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But at the other end of the table, Watford have taken a huge step towards securing their top flight status.
"It's such an important win for us. But it is one win," Hornets boss Nigel Pearson said.
"Our season has been tough so far, with losing last week and not playing well, we were keen to get a response.
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"They are such an outstanding side, we had to get our performance right – as close to max as possible – and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.
"We threatened with the ball and defended with discipline, energy and commitment. That's been the message from day one.
"It's in our own hands, and we have to deliver that performance week in, week out."
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