Watford targeted Dejan Lovren on purpose during Liverpool win admits Troy Deeney

Watford ace Troy Deeney has admitted that his side targeted Dejan Lovren during their win over Liverpool .

The Hornets inflicted Liverpool’s first defeat of the Premier League season as they won 3-0 at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening.

Deeney netted Watford’s third with Ismaila Sarr’s brace having given the Premier League strugglers the lead.

Lovren struggled against Deeney’s power and the pace of Sarr with the Watford ace admitting he had targeted the Croatian.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the full time whistle, Deeney said: “[Virgil] Van Dijk is a class act and, for me, is probably in the top five defenders in the world.

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“It is tough to get anything from him; he is 6ft 6ins, fast and strong, so you try to pick on the weaker of the two.

"I don't want to be disrespectful to Lovren and say he is the weaker of the two but I knew he wanted to fight me as well, and that is my game, so if you want to try and fight me you are going to have to be in for a tough night.

"He did that for the first goal, trying to fight me for the throw-in and then I obviously rolled him and we scored.

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"He is trying to fight me instead of watching the ball and we scored."

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk admitted the Reds panicked at times as the Premier League leaders lost for the first time this season.

The Dutchman said: “Credit to Watford, they played well, a lot of fight, very disciplined and scored three goals – that's the reality, we couldn't find a way through. It was difficult and we have to do better.

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"Two throw-ins… we have to look at it, there is no reason for panic. We don't want to concede, we look at it but we don't have to panic.

"The record and the talk of the records is all media, we just try to win every game ahead of us.

"We will focus on the next game, the cup game, and we try to win there. We have to stay humble and work harder next game."

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