Finally, a break from the international breaks, as Premier League clubs preparing to get the season back on. Liverpool will be hosted by Claudio Renier’s side Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday lunchtime.
The Reds will be looking to clinch three points after their enthralling 2-2 draw against Man City. Meanwhile, The Hornets will be looking to gain some momentum, after their 1-0 defeat to Leed’s.
Liverpool vs Watford: Match Preview
This is Watford’s first Premier League match with Liverpool since February 2020. The Hornets triumphed 3-0 to halt the Reds’ club-record 44-game undefeated league run and their joint Premier League winning streak of 18 games.
Liverpool’s 0-3 defeat to Watford last time out-snapped their eight-game unbeaten league run against the Hornets (W7 D1). The Reds have never lost back-to-back league games against the Hertfordshire club.
Six out of seven Premier League games between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road saw at least one team score three goals, with Watford accomplishing this three times and Liverpool accomplishing it four times.
The Reds are currently second with 15 points behind Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. Meanwhile, the Hornets are sitting at the bottom half of the table at fifteenth with just 7 points.
Claudio Renier would be looking to make his impact at the Vicarage Road. The former Premier League winner has an excellent record against the Reds, winning four out of five league home games.
The Reds will be without their defensive midfielder Fabinho and star keeper Allison as they will try to fly them back from South America.
Caoimhin Kelleher likely starts in goal, with Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara still out due to their respective injuries. Although there is hope for Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who are said to be available for this game.
With Fabinho out, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will have their chances.
While Roberto Firmino is expected to lead the line as Jota might be available for a start on the bench. Meanwhile, Divock Origi is battling sickness.
Liverpool probable starting lineup:
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Liverpool vs Watford : Prediction
Given their form, The Reds can take an edge over The Hornets. But it looks like they won’t be able to keep a clean sheet as Renier’s side will be looking to give tough competition to Jurgen Klopp’s side. Therefore, we can see some goals from both sides, with Liverpool winning 2-1 against Watford.