Troy Deeney reveals Watford targeted weak link Dejan Lovren in stunning win over Liverpool

Watford captain Troy Deeney
Deeney captain his side to a big win over Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)

Watford captain Troy Deeney admitted his side had a plan to intimidate Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren after their emphatic 3-0 win over the league leaders.

The Hornets brought an end to the Reds’ 18-game winning streak in the Premier League in some style at Vicarage Road.

Skipper Deeney was a standout performer in Nigel Pearson’s side, scoring and assisting one of Ismaila Sarr’s two goals.

Watford striker Troy Deeney and manager Nigel Pearson
Nigel Pearson and captain Troy Deeney embrace (Picture: Getty Images)

After the game, the forward was asked if his side targeted Dejan Lovren, to which he replied: ‘[Virgil] Van Dijk is a class act. For me, one of the top five defenders in the world and he is tough to get anything from. So you try and pick on weaker of the two.

‘I knew he [Lovren] wanted to fight me and that’s my game. So if you want to try and fight me you’re going to be in for a tough night.

‘He did that for the first goal and I rolled him and we scored.’

Jurgen Klopp’s side were just five games away from equalling the Arsenal Invincibles’ record of going 49 games unbeaten.

Captain Van Dijk blasted his side’s ‘unacceptable’ performance, but was insistent that failing to beat the record doesn’t bother him.

He said after the defeat: ‘Losing hurts but the records is only for the media, we didn’t mention it once.

‘We want to strike back and show what we’ve been doing the whole season.’

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