Liverpool will hope to kickstart a difficult winter period with a win over Watford at Vicarage Road this Saturday.
Liverpool currently sit 2nd in the Premier League table, 2 points behind last season’s champions Manchester City.
Watford have had a positive start to their Premier League campaign having recorded 6 wins in 12 and currently sit 7th.
This fixture last season saw Liverpool draw 3-3 with the home side following a stoppage-time equaliser, a result Klopp and his men will be keen to avoid.
Liverpool will be with almost an entirely fit squad, with the exception of Adam Lallana who has a “minor thing” as described by Klopp in his press conference earlier today.
“In the moment it looks like we have pretty much a full squad. Yes long-term injuries of course and Adam Lallana has a minor thing that makes him not available for the weekend
“But all the rest came back healthy from the Internationals which is brilliant and so we have to make a few decisions”
Jordan Henderson returned to Melwood early, missing England’s victory over Croatia last week, but the captain is expected to be available for this weekend’s clash with the London club.
For Watford, Troy Deeney is in contention to make his first start since October 6th.
“All of them are available and tomorrow we’ll decide on the players because until today we didn’t have all of the players
The last were Pereyraa and Isaac Success and now I can say I have all of the players ready and looking forward to the game.”
What the Managers said
Liverpool go into this game unbeaten in the league, the Watford boss was full of respect for they Merseyside club.
“We will be loyal to our style and play the way we usually do, but knowing we have to be careful with their players because they are very, very good.
“We know we are playing against this team and you need to play at a high level doing your best.
Jurgen Klopp spoke in depth about summer signing Naby Keits, who is yet to make his mark in this Liverpool side.
“His start was really good and then average. That’s how it is.
He trained yesterday and was completely fine. Naby can improve and learn the language but it’s a long-term project. We will use him.”
He also spoke highly of Gracia’s side:
“They are really good. Good football, lively, organised in a 4-4-2 mostly with a good game-plan.
Deeney was out for a while but I think he will be back. We played two weeks ago against Fulham and Mitrovic did well in a similar job.
They’re a proper package and for sure the best Watford team since I’ve been in.”
This will no doubt be a difficult game for the reds, Watford are a good side and have had an impressive start to the season.
Liverpool have, however, shown on numerous occasions this season that they are able to grind out results when necessary – a characteristic that title-winning sides possess.
It is for that reason I will predict a 2-0 Liverpool win.
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