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Jurgen Klopp believes his Liverpool side were unlucky after a Miguel Britos effort three minutes into stoppage time denied them an opening day win.
Watford took an early lead through a Stefano Okaka header before a piece of Sadio Mane magic levelled the game.
The Hornets regained the advantage courtesy of an Abdoulaye Doucoure finish after more sloppy defending from the away side.
A Roberto Firmino header and a Mohamed Salah debut goal from close range looked like securing the Merseysiders three points but Klopp was left rueing their late concession of an equaliser.
"We were unlucky in the end," he told BBC Sport. "The equaliser was offside. It’s obvious because the linesman is on the line. He needs to see it.
"Watford's first goal was a good cross and a good run. That’s just good. Well done really. The first half I wasn’t too happy with.
"We passed but couldn’t see what we actually wanted. The second half was a lot better. We forgot to close the game. We defended a little deep. We have to push up. Both teams struggled with 90 minutes, it’s the first game. That’s normal.
"I cannot change it [the late goal]. We would have had defensive areas we need to work on if we’d won 3-2. We were the better team, we should have won."
Klopp was questioned later by Sky Sports about the missing Philippe Coutinho's chances of leaving for Barcelona but he gave no insight into the Brazilian's future.
"I cannot say a lot about it,"he said. "I am responsible for the whole team. I need to be focused on the players who are available. I have no influence on the players who aren’t available."
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