Miguel Britos has apologised to Watford supporters who made the journey to Anfield to watch the Hornets suffer a heavy 5-0 loss on Saturday.

Liverpool were in rampant form as Mohamed Salah scored four and laid one on for Roberto Firmino in the rout.

Britos, who was off the pace throughout the encounter, insists Watford will learn from their errors and thanked fans for their support on a freezing evening on Merseyside.

He told the club website: “We have to learn from this and try harder it is the only way. I want to say sorry to the fans, they came so far to watch us.

“Thank you for your support and sorry for the result.”

The defender was making his first start since November and was brutally exposed by the brilliant Salah, most notably when being sent to the turf by the wide-man’s trickery en route to the opening goal.

Britos admitted to finding the Egyptian a tough opponent to contain and was left with little answer to the Premier League top scorer’s class.

“Salah is a very strong player, very quick. He played on my side and we defended in a back three. He was always wider on my side,” Britos explained.

“I had to run to get him one on one and he was always quicker than me.”

Saturday’s clash was a testing game for the Uruguayan defender to make his long-awaited return to the starting line-up as Liverpool played at a frightening intensity.

He was found wanting on a number of occasions as the Liverpool front three’s movement caused a catalogue of problems throughout the clash.

Britos admitted that he struggled to keep up with the pace of the game, but is eager to put the loss behind him and focus on a return to form after the international break.

“I am very tired. The first two or three sprints [I was fine], after that I was in a rush to breathe and the intensity of the match was very high,” he said.

“They pressed us high and it was very, very difficult for me.

“Everyone is upset and angry because we didn’t play the way we prepared. It is hard to lose like that, especially for me after three months out and it is my first start.

“I made a mistake and I want to forget this game as quickly as possible and try to prepare for the next game at home. We need to get the three points.”