Last-minute equaliser sees Watford break Liverpool hearts in thrilling 3-3 draw

Jurgen Klopp’s 100th game in charge was not an a happy landmark.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson looks dejected.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson looks dejected.
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MIGUEL BRITOS WAS the hero as Watford clawed back from the brink of an opening weekend defeat to earn a dramatic 3-3 draw with Liverpool thanks to a 94th minute equaliser.

Mohamed Salah bagged a first ever debut goal plus an assist as Liverpool raced into a 3-2 lead with half an hour remaining.

But a corner deep into stoppage time saw Simon Mignolet fail to clear Richarlison’s shot at the near post, with Britos popping up on the line to claw the ball into the back of the net and send Vicarage Road into raptures.

Liverpool went behind after just eight minutes when Stefano Okaka headed Marco Silva’s side into the lead from a corner. But Sadio Mane stunned the home supporters with an exquisite finish to make it 1-1 after half an hour.

Abdoulaye Doucoure restored Watford’s lead heading into the break before Roberto Firmino slotted a fine penalty past Heurelho Gomes to level the game a second time after 55 minutes.

Salah scored a debut goal from close range shortly afterwards thanks to an assist from Firmino where the Brazilian had tried to lob goalkeeper Gomes from just inside the box.

The score set at 3-2, Klopp’s side looked to have turned the game on its head, coming from behind twice to lead heading into the final minute of injury time.

However a 94th minute corner could not be forced clear from the Reds, as 32-year-old Uruguayan defender Britos popped up with a dramatic equaliser at the death.

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