Watford vs. Liverpool
Monday, May 1, 2017 – 8pm KO (BST)
Referee: Craig Pawson
After suffering a demoralising 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace last time out, the Reds are in need of a response.
Their opposition on May Day comes in the form of Walter Mazzarri’s mid-table Watford, who welcome Liverpool to Vicarage Road on the back of a loss of their own, having fallen 2-0 away to the relegation-battlers Hull City last time out.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping the Hornets suffer from complacency having reached the fabled 40-point mark, but the visitors can’t take anything for granted in Hertfordshire.
Having endured something of a fall from grace, Liverpool can still look to finish their season positively, and Klopp will expect three points on the road on Monday night.
Last Meeting: Liverpool 6-1 Watford
The England duo have recovered from thigh and hip injuries respectively and will bolster the Reds’ squads, with Lallana the more likely to start.
Roberto Firmino has been undergoing an individual training programme to avoid long-term fitness issues, but there is no indication the No. 11 is struggling with any injury.
Mazzarri is expected to be missing defender Craig Cathcart, while Valon Behrami is still a doubt to start despite being named in the past two matchday squads.
Former Tottenham centre-back Younes Kaboul is ruled out, while Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate remain sidelined with long-term problems.
Otherwise, Watford will prepare for Monday lifted by a clean bill of health.
Watford – Last five results (all competitions)
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Thursday, Klopp praised Watford‘s improvement but insisted Liverpool would have the right game plan.
“Since November a lot of things have changed at Watford, the style of play has changed,” he said.
“They have developed into a good football-playing side, with really good results in the last few games.
“But we are not there to praise their skills, we go to there to fight them, to give our best.
“We know how to play deep defending teams, but you have to accept you won’t have 20 [chances] at Watford.
“I’m really happy about the week so far, the reaction how it always is [after Palace], immediately focused on the next game. From this point of view I’m positive.”
Watford vs. Liverpool is part of Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, with coverage starting at 7pm (BST). Kickoff is at 8pm.
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