Miguel Britos scrambled home a controversial injury-time equaliser as Watford held Liverpool in a six-goal thriller at Vicarage Road.

The Reds looked as though they had put all speculation and uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho’s future to one side to win their opening Premier League clash – only for Britos to head home from point-black range in the dying moments to seal a 3-3 draw.

Stefano Okaka opened the scoring with just eight minutes gone, with Abdoulaye Doucoure re-establishing the Hornets lead shortly after Sadio Mane had equalised.

Liverpool rallied and Roberto Firmino levelled from the penalty spot after debutant Mohamed Salah was fouled, with the Egypt international then poking the visitors ahead only for Britos to pounce late on and give Marco Silva a positive first outing as Watford boss.

What they said

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “They didn’t create too much with the ball but of course they scored two goals and in a specific situation where everyone will say, ‘Oh, it was a set-piece’. We defended most of them really well, but at the end is it enough if we concede one goal? No. We have to work on it.”Watford manager Marco Silva: “Of course I think it is a good result for us and a fair result. It was a very good first half for our team, good rhythm. I didn’t like the first 25 minutes of the second-half. We expected a good reaction from our opponents but to play with the same intensity. We reacted well and left it until the end, it is really important to us and we really, really deserved the result as well.”

Tweet of the match

Man of the match – Roberto Firmino

With all the talk surrounding the future of Coutinho, it was his Brazil team-mate who stirred Liverpool here. After a quiet first half, the forward coolly dispatched his penalty to send Heurelho Gomes the wrong way and draw the Reds level. Just two minutes later he turned provider, whether he meant to or not, as his lob over Gomes was poked home by Salah.

Moment of the match

Britos’ goal may have been scrappy, and potentially offside, but it came at just the right time for Watford to take a share of the spoils. With the five minutes of stoppage time almost elapsed, the defender was on hand to prod the ball over the line to give the Hornets the point that their performance deserved.

Data point

The six goals here, coupled with Arsenal’s 4-3 victory over Leicester on Friday night, means that after two games of the new campaign, the Premier League is averaging a goal every 13 minutes.

Player ratings

Watford: Heurelho Gomes: 5, Daryl Janmaat: 5, Younes Kaboul: 6, Miguel Britos: 6, Jose Holebas: 6, Abdoulaye Doucoure: 7, Nathaniel Chalobah: 7, Nordin Amrabat: 6, Tom Cleverley: 7, Roberto Pereyra: 7, Stefano Okaka: 7. Substitutes: Kiko Femenia (for Janmaat, 17): 6, Richarlison (for Pereyra, 49): 6, Andre Gray (for Okaka, 63): 6.Liverpool: Simon Mignolet: 5, Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6, Joel Matip: 7, Dejan Lovren: 6, Alberto Moreno: 6, Jordan Henderson: 6, Emre Can: 7, Georginio Wijnaldum: 6, Mohamed Salah: 7, Sadio Mane: 7, Roberto Firmino: 8. Substitutes: Divock Origi (for Firmino, 81): 6, James Milner (for Salah, 86): 6, Joe Gomez (for Alexander-Arnold, 90): 6.

Who’s up next?

Hoffenheim v Liverpool (Champions League play-offs, August 15)

Bournemouth v Watford (Premier League, August 19)