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EASY DOES IT: Troy Deeney. Photo: Reuters/David Klein

EASY DOES IT: Troy Deeney. Photo: Reuters/David Klein

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EASY DOES IT: Troy Deeney. Photo: Reuters/David Klein

Troy Deeney has revealed Tyson Fury inspired Watford's own heavyweight victory after the Hornets ended Liverpool's unbeaten Premier League season on Saturday night.

A brace from Ismaila Sarr, who then set up Deeney for the final goal of a 3-0 Watford win, saw champions-in-waiting Liverpool beaten in the league for the first time since January 2019.

Watford were great value for their convincing victory, limiting Liverpool - unbeaten in 44 games heading to Vicarage Road - to just one shot on target.

A run of five winless games had Nigel Pearson's side on the ropes in their quest for top-flight survival but they moved out of the relegation zone on goal difference following the shock result.

Deeney said the Watford players had taken a leaf out of Fury's book when deciding to attack Liverpool, the British boxer having beaten Deontay Wilder for the WBC world heavyweight title in Las Vegas the previous weekend.

"We took heed from Tyson Fury," Deeney said."We thought we're going to go on the front foot and have it out with them. We were good and they were a little bit off. Let's not act like they were at their best. We took our chances and I don't want to be disrespectful to them."

He added: "This week was the least we've done. We came away from the training ground (on Thursday) and went to Nuffield for a yoga and swimming day because the gaffer wanted to clear our minds."