sport news Ismaila Sarr gets the chance to haunt Liverpool again after ending their ...

sport news Ismaila Sarr gets the chance to haunt Liverpool again after ending their ...
sport news Ismaila Sarr gets the chance to haunt Liverpool again after ending their ...

There will be a sense of deja vu for Liverpool when they travel to Vicarage Road on Saturday to face newly-promoted Watford.  

Jurgen Klopp's side last visited Watford in the middle of a record breaking season where they had won 26 of their opening 27 games, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.    

The Reds were romping to the title and looked on course to complete the first 'invincible' season since Arsenal managed to do so in 2003-04. That was until they came across Ismaila Sarr and a Watford side who were languishing in the relegation zone.

Ismaila Sarr faces Liverpool for the first time since he ended their invincible dreams in 2020

Ismaila Sarr faces Liverpool for the first time since he ended their invincible dreams in 2020

Liverpool had gone the first 27 league games unbeaten in 2019-20 before a 3-0 loss to Watford

Liverpool had gone the first 27 league games unbeaten in 2019-20 before a 3-0 loss to Watford

Many expected the Reds to continue their crusade and march to victory but were left stunned as Sarr delivered a career break-out performance, scoring two goals and assisting another to dish out Liverpool's first Premier League loss in 13 months.  

Unsurprisingly, his performance in Watford's 3-0 victory alerted Liverpool who considered signing the Senegal winger to provide desperately needed cover for Mo Salah and his good friend Sadio Mane.

Instead, they went for Diogo Jota, with Sarr left to face a season in the Championship following Watford's relegation.

Nearly 18 months on, although early in the season, Liverpool are again unbeaten this season and return to the scene of their disappointing defeat, against Watford who have a new manager this weekend in the form of Claudio Ranieri.  

Liverpool will be wary of Sarr who has made an explosive start to the season with four goals in seven games and will be eager for a repeat of his performance from February 29 last year.  

Sadio Mane asked Troy Deeney to look after Sarr after Liverpool beat Watford in December 2019

Sadio Mane asked Troy Deeney to look after Sarr after Liverpool beat Watford in December 2019

The next time the sides played, Sarr scored two goals and provided an assist in their victory

The next time the sides played, Sarr scored two goals and provided an assist in their victory

Sarr's second goal that day was a lovely chip over Alisson after running in behind Virgil van Dijk

Sarr's second goal that day was a lovely chip over Alisson after running in behind Virgil van Dijk

The 23-year-old joined Watford for a club record £31million in the summer of 2019 but took some time to get going, as he was mainly used as a substitute in the opening weeks of his first season. 

By the time the Hornets faced Liverpool in December 2019, Sarr had plenty of reasons to feel sorry for himself after he was beset by injury problems following his arrival, with Watford bottom of the table having won just one game so far that season.

Despite a valiant display, the Hornets suffered another defeat with the Liverpool juggernaut continuing to walk through the league with a 2-0 victory thanks to a Salah brace.

Sarr had spurned a golden opportunity to record his second Premier League goal that season during the game, embarrassingly missing the ball when it fell to him unmarked in front of the Kop with the score level.  

The Watford bus was just about to leave Anfield but Sadio Mane had a message for Troy Deeney about his Senegal team-mate which was captured on camera.

'Take care of my boy,' the Liverpool forward urged. 'He's a shy boy, shy boy.' Standing awkwardly in the background with his hands in his pockets and peering down at the floor, Sarr looked exactly that. 

'He just needs to speak English, he's working on it,' came the reply from the then Watford captain. 'He's a good boy.'  

A month on, Mane's advice to Deeney seemed to have paid off as the Hornets went on a good run taking four wins in six games.

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