Liverpool travel to Watford on Bank Holiday Monday as they aim to pick up three points and continue their quest for Champions League football. The last time the Reds faced Watford they scored six, will it be another confident victory away from home?
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Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Mane, Henderson and Klavan while doubts also hang over the fitness of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. The latter of the two is rumoured to be close to full health but it is not known at the time of writing whether he will make the cut.
For Watford, they are likely to be without Kaboul who has a hamstring injury. Zarate and Pereyra are also unavailable.
The Reds have to wait until Monday evening for this fixture meaning Manchester City could be on 68 points and Manchester United on 67 points (depending on their own results on Sunday) by the time they kick off. Liverpool currently sit in third on 66 points so a win would take them up to 69 points, once again giving them some air.
The league this season has been a hard one to explain on Liverpool’s part, in some instances we’ve done remarkably well. Our record against the big sides is unquestionable but on far too many occasions we’ve dropped points against lesser opposition.
Watford strike me as a team that could cause Liverpool issues on Monday. Mazzarri’s side have won three out of their last five Premier League fixtures however, two of these victories have come against sides in the bottom three. Despite this, Watford are a hard team to break down, a tenacious side that could frustrate Liverpool if they haven’t found the back of the net early on.
Nevertheless, Liverpool know exactly what is required from them on Monday, they have also had longer to prepare than most sides and so anything less than three points is quite frankly unacceptable. Especially after the disaster against Crystal Palace.
The last time the two sides met at Vicarage Road was in December 2015, the Reds lost 3-0 on that occasion thanks to an early goal from Ake and a brace from Ighalo.
It really is getting to crunch time now in the league and I can’t deny that I’m starting to feel extremely nervous. Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!