Africans Abroad: Ismaila Sarr shows true worth as Watford humble Liverpool

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Ismaila Sarr delivered the most momentous performance of his career on Saturday, netting twice as English Premier League strugglers Watford stunned champions-elect Liverpool, while Mbwana Samatta’s historic Carabao Cup final goal wasn’t enough for Aston Villa to upset Manchester City.

Heading into the weekend’s meeting with the Hornets at Vicarage Road, the Reds’ run in the top flight had been imperious, with Jurgen Klopp’s side equalling Manchester City’s record winning streak of 18 matches and establishing the second-longest run without defeat in the division’s nfl jerseys wholesale cheap

They hadn’t lost a match in 44 league fixtures, since falling to City in January 2019, and they were on course to equal Preston North End and Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ seasons… until they came up against Watford and Sarr.2

The Senegal winger has shown only glimpses of the quality that he demonstrated in France with Stade Rennais since moving to Hertfordshire for £25 million, and had only registered three goals before the weekend

However, he was the chief protagonist in a famous triumph, with Liverpool — particularly Virgil van Dijk — unable to deal with the speedster before he was replaced with eight minutes on the clock.

There had already been warning signs before Sarr marked his return from a hamstring injury by breaking the deadlock in the 54th minute, finishing past Alisson from close range after being picked out by the excellent Abdoulaye Doucoure, who had the determination to beat the Reds’ defenders to the ball.

Six minutes later, Sarr doubled his tally — and Watford’s lead — running onto a through-ball from Troy Deeney, keeping his head, and calmly lifting the ball above the sprawling keeper.

To round off the victory, Sarr latched onto an underwhelming backpass from Trent Alexander-Arnold, sent through Deeney, and wheeled away in celebration as the Hornets skipper secured all three points.