Liverpool vs. Watford
Saturday, March 17, 2018 — 5:30pm (GMT)
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Losses away to your rivals can always happen, though, and it must be consigned to history, rather than act as a momentum-killer this season.
Liverpool have a great chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday, as a Watford side with little to play for head to Anfield.
The Hornets have enjoyed a very respectable campaign, currently sitting 10th, which goes to show that they shouldn’t be underestimated.
The 3-3 draw on the opening weekend of the season showed that they can cause the Reds problems, although Klopp’s men have grown since that sloppy afternoon at Vicarage Road.
Having been afforded a week without a game, Liverpool should be perfectly prepared for this match, as they look to get back to winnings ways.
They have not lost at home in the league in 2017/18, and that shouldn’t be any different once the final whistle blows on Saturday.
A repeat of the professional 2-0 win against Newcastle United a fortnight ago would be just fine.
Last Meeting: Watford 3-3 Liverpool
There are no new injury problems for Klopp to worry about it, with the gaps between matches working nicely in his favour at the moment.
With an international break next on the horizon, the manager can field a full-strength and not worry about potential fatigue.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren could be replaced by Joe Gomez and Joel Matip respectively, following poor displays at Old Trafford, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if Klopp showed faith in the pair.
Javi Gracia must make do without Tommie Hoban, Younes Kaboul, Christian Kabasele, Mola Wague, Tom Cleverley, Nathaniel Chalobah, Gerard Deulofeu and former Reds youngster Jerome Sinclair.
Centre-back Craig Cathcart is available, though.
Last 5 at home to Watford (All Competitions)
Liverpool 6-1 Watford – November 6, 2016 (Mane x2, Coutinho, Can, Firmino, Wijnaldum; Janmaat)
Liverpool 2-0 Watford – May 8, 2016 (Allen, Firmino)
Liverpool 2-0 Watford – December 23, 2006 (Bellamy, Alonso)
Liverpool 1-0 Watford – January 11, 2005 (Gerrard)
Liverpool 0-1 Watford – August 14, 1999 (Mooney)
Did You Know?
Salah needs one more goal to go level with Fernando Torres’ tally of 33 back in 2007/08 – the Spaniard’s first season on Merseyside.
The most goals in a campaign by a Liverpool player in the Premier League era is 36, scored by Robbie Fowler in 1995/96.
Salah has a wonderful chance of beating that record, should he stay fit between now and May.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Watford – Last five results (all competitions)
Klopp didn’t have too much to say about Watford in his pre-match press conference, but fumed about next month’s Merseyside derby switching to a Saturday lunchtime kick off, in between Champions League clashes with Man City:
“We play 7.45pm on Wednesday night and then 12.30pm on Saturday,” Klopp told reporters.
“That extra five hours means the world in terms of recovery – why not have it at 3pm, rather than after breakfast?
“Other leagues [reschedule] the entire game for another time to help their teams prepare; we play three days later.
“It’s not too cool, we have to go the hard way.”
TV & Live Blog Info
The game is live on BT Sport 1 from 5pm (GMT), with kick off at 5:30pm.
Chris Williams is in charge of our matchday live blog, which will be available from 4:45pm.