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 champions-in-waiting Liverpool since January 2019.
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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.”
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.”
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“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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Deulofeu likely to miss rest of season
Gerard Deulofeu is likely to miss the remainder of the season after scans confirmed the Watford winger suffered an ACL injury in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Liverpool.
Deulofeu required extensive treatment on the pitch after landing awkwardly midway through the first half as he attempted to dispossess Virgil van Dijk, who captained Liverpool at Vicarage Road.
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