Liverpool banished the memory of back-to-back cup thrashings by Arsenal with a consummate performance over lacklustre
Reds boss Rafa Benitez demanded a big performance to appease disgruntled supporters furious with the way their side wilted at Anfield against the Gunners and he got one as two goals for Peter Crouch added to Craig Bellamy's opener to help
Watford, who gave a second-half debut to former Rotherham hitman Will Hoskins, rarely troubled Jose Reina in the
Despite Watford getting off to the brighter start it was
Crouch then should have done better from Finnan's in-swinging cross but he headed weakly into Foster's path.
Tommy Smith danced through a couple of challenges on the right before squaring the ball to Hameur Bouazza, whose low drive deflected off Jamie Carragher's heel and fell agonizingly short of Reina's left-hand post before Malky Mackay headed woefully wide from the corner as Watford finally enjoyed some sustained pressure.
The game was in dire need for a goal and
That breathed life into
Crouch turned from provider to scorer five minutes before the half-time whistle when he was in the right place at the right time to head home the ball from ten yards after Foster had denied Bellamy.
Watford boss, Aidy Boothroyd rang the changes at half-time, bringing on Hoskins and Darius Henderson, but it made little difference as Liverpool stepped up a gear after the restart, and with Liverpool camped in Watford's half a third goal was inevitable and Welsh wizard Bellamy was again in the thick of things.
He latched onto Xabi Alonso's raking pass before flying down the left and dragging the ball across the six-yard area for Crouch to bag his second and
Watford never recovered and only had Foster to thank for giving the score line an air of respectability with several smart saves from
Golden Boys man of the match: Ben Foster, outstanding again.
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