With Watford travelling to Anfield on Sunday, Troy Deeney is looking to repeat the warlike display his side produced against Liverpool in December.
Deeney was part of the Hornets side that tormented the Reds at Vicarage Road last year, with Jurgen Klopp lamenting his squad’s limp effort in a 3-0 defeat.
“I would say, hopefully, this is the most disappointing moment in my whole Liverpool life, from now,” he told reporters after the game. “We don’t feel good today.”
While Liverpool sealed a 2-0 victory over Watford at Anfield in May, Deeney is looking to draw from that winter win when he leads his side out on Merseyside on Sunday afternoon.
“We physically beat them up on the day and the quality we showed in getting the goals was perfect,” he recalled.
“But it is going to be a different animal away from home. They believe they can challenge for the title.
“They are doing well at the minute, I enjoy watching them as a neutral—but when I step on the pitch it is war.
“It will be a massive test and if we are still in seventh after that game then we will be doing all right.”
Watford are in fine form so far this season, and head into the weekend having taken 15 points from their first 10 games.
Eight points behind Liverpool, Walter Mazzarri’s side can close the gap with another win.
But speaking ahead of the game, the Italian explained how his star striker may be suffering from the psychological effects of struggling to score his 100th Watford goal this season.
“It’s possible it is a psychological problem because he should have scored against Hull [last weekend],” he said.
“Now, hopefully, he can score on Sunday, reach the magic 100 mark and go on to score as many as possible from there.”
Deeney has scored just three goals so far this season, with midfielder Etienne Capoue the Hornets’ top goalscorer, with four.
But Liverpool cannot afford to rest on their laurels at Anfield, with the Englishman keen to overpower Klopp’s side once again.