Liverpool welcome the Hornets to Merseyside on Saturday evening, with a return to winning ways crucial after last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Man United.
The Reds have been strong at home all season, remaining unbeaten in the league, although six draws from 15 matches have shown that lesser teams can get a result there.
Not many will be backing Watford to provide a shock, though, and you would expect Liverpool’s class to shine through over the 90 minutes.
- No new injury problems for Jurgen Klopp
- Squad nicely rested after a week without a game
- Joel Matip could replace Dejan Lovren at centre-back
- Joe Gomez an option to come in for Trent Alexander-Arnold
- Jordan Henderson pushing for a start
- Front three to stay the same
Liverpool’s XI vs. Watford
With no match since the United defeat, and an international break to come, there is absolutely no reason for Klopp to consider resting anyone.
That may mean he goes with an unchanged lineup this weekend, with his players looking to make amends after their efforts last time out.
The 50-year-old will be mulling over certain decisions, however, as he looks to find a middle ground between being too knee-jerk and not being reactive enough.
The Cameroonian’s own disappointing form is the main factor counting against him, as he searches for the performances that stood out at the start of last season.
That would mean just three changes in total, with Gomez, Matip and Henderson the trio handed an opportunity to shine.
Aside from these alterations, it is hard to see where Klopp may feel the need to switch things up.
Alberto Moreno is in need of playing time, but Robertson’s form is making it difficult, and Van Dijk’s influence means giving him a rest would be a needless risk.
A return for Henderson could see Can pushed further up, with Milner, the second-oldest player in the squad, given the evening off.
You can never completely guess what Klopp is going to go with, but if there are any more than three changes it would be a surprise.
An unchanged side is certainly plausible, but an adjustment or two in defence and midfield make sense.