Club football returns on Saturday after two weeks international break, as Liverpool are up against relegation candidates Watford at Anfield.
Liverpool and Watford resume top-flight action with Saturday lunchtime Premier League kick-off.
Liverpool are currently a point behind leaders Man City in the league standings. Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson’s side are just three points adrift of safety sitting at 18th place.
Liverpool vs Watford: Preview
The Reds are currently on a nine-game winning run in the league, going unbeaten in their last ten since a 1-0 loss to Leicester City in December.
Klopp’s men did a fantastic job bringing the title race back on track. Only a couple of months after Liverpool had seemingly conceded the crown to Man City once again.
Liverpool will be back in Anfield after the successive three-away games in all competitions. Previously, the Reds played at Anfield, the Reds suffered an inconsequential loss to Inter Milan. So far, that’s the only defeat in any competition since the turn of the year.
But Klopp’s crew welcomes Watford to their fortress having won each of their last nine Premier League games at Anfield. Liverpool are unbeaten domestically for over a year and their tally of seven home goals conceded this term is unlikely to worsen against the goal-shy Hornets.
Watford manager Roy Hodgson will be back at Anfield where a decade ago, he had a small stint at the home dugout. And the 74-year-old is no stranger to the Merseyside giants.
Before the international break, Watford registered a crucial and motivating victory against Southampton. The Hornets would be hoping to pull another surprising result against the mighty Liverpool in the fight against the drop.
Previously, when both sides met Liverpool thrashed Watford 5-0 at Vicarage road with Roberto Firmino grabbing a hattrick.
Liverpool’s right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will definitely miss the tie following his hamstring injury. The 23-year-old is fighting to recover from his injury to face Man City next weekend at Etihad.
With Trent out of action, defender Joe Gomez is expected to fill up his position.
Veteran James Milner and left-back Andy Robertson will be available for the tie after recovering from Covid-19 infections.
Naby Keita pulled out of international duty due to a minor knee issue and will need to be assessed.
Klopp will be thinking of rotating his attacking options, keeping in mind the upcoming pivotal fixtures. Mo Salah should start alongside Firmino and Jota.
Liverpool’s possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Jota
Liverpool vs Watford: What Anfield Home Predicts
Watford have shown signs of improvement under Hodgson, but there’s still a long way to go for them. As for Liverpool, the team is full of firepower and looks unstoppable.
Even without right-back Alexander-Arnold who is the chief creator, the home side have enough to overpower the Hornets.
On paper, the form book would suggest this will be a fairly routine win for Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s team could move ahead of Pep Guardiola’s champions with the win at least until Man City play their game.
Liverpool looks very likely to prevail over Watford with a 2-0 win.