Liverpool win was inspired by Tyson Fury exploits, says Watford star Troy Deeney
Troy Deeney has revealed Tyson Fury inspired Watford 's own heavyweight victory after they ended Liverpool 's unbeaten Premier League season on Saturday night.
Ismaila Sarr's double and Deeney's goal saw Watford win 3-0 and inflicted the first defeat on the Reds January 2019.
Jurgen Klopp ’s men are still 22 points clear of Manchester City and virtually certain of claiming a maiden Premier League title.
But it was a worrying performance by the European champions ahead of vitally important upcoming FA Cup and Champions League games.
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And Deeney said the Watford players had taken a leaf out of Fury's book when deciding to attack Liverpool, after the British boxer having beaten Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title in Las Vegas the previous weekend.
"We took heed from Tyson Fury," Deeney said.
"We thought we're going to go on the front foot and have it out with them. We were good and they were a little bit off.
"Let's not act like they were at their best. We took our chances and I don't know what more to say. I don't want to be disrespectful to them."
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The 31-year-old hit his sixth goal of the season after Trent Alexander-Arnold had gifted possession to Sarr but admitted ending Liverpool's run will count for nothing if they fail to survive in the Premier League.
"It's three points," he said.
"We don't get an extra point for beating Liverpool or (look at it as though) now we're out of the bottom three, that's it, we're done."
"There's 10 games and we've got to graft away. It is what it is. I won't look at this game in two months' time if we're relegated and go, 'Oh, remember that game against Liverpool'."
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Meanwhile, Klopp admitted that his team were simply second best at Vicarage Road.
"3-0 is a bit harsh but we had a big hand in that," he said.
"The most important thing is congratulations Watford – well deserved. That should be the headline. We didn't perform like we should have and Watford performed exactly how they want."
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