WATFORD VS LIVERPOOL PREVIEW
After two games without a win in the Premier League, Liverpool FC certainly have lost some ground over their rivals, with the Reds currently sitting at 9th in the league table. However, Liverpool’s title bid still isn’t over just yet as the Reds are only 11 points behind surprise leaders Leicester City and just 9 behind their regular top 4 rivals Arsenal, with 20 games still remaining. Liverpool’s next opponents will be Watford FC, who are currently a point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
Klopp not unhappy with defense
Although Liverpool conceded 4 goals in their last two Premier League fixtures, Klopp pointed out in his pre-match conference that he hadn’t considered it to be a very concerning situation and indicated that he had full confidence on goalie Simon Mignolet and his defenders. He also revealed that his squad was working on their vulnerabilities and they could perform better in the weeks ahead.
Klopp also announced that despite a serious looking injury around the knee-cap of defender Dejan Lovren, scans had revealed that the injuries to the Croat wasn’t too severe and he could even feature against Leicester. He also announced that John Flanagan could return to the squad for tomorrow’s game after an 18-month absence. However, Liverpool will be missing the services of James Milner because of his calf injury. Yet, the Reds’ strong depth in the midfield will probably be able to deal with the issue. Other notable absentees will be striker Daniel Sturridge and defender Mamadou Sakho, both of whom are out with injuries.
Watford could be tough rivals
Despite being one of the 3 promoted clubs playing in the Premier League this season, Watford’s amazing run of form has surprised many. Fans and pundits who had predicted that Watford would be struggling for survival in the Premier League before the start of the season, have started praising them. Klopp too admitted that they were ‘a good team with a good strategy’ with the likes of Odion Ighalo in their team, who has already scored 10 goals in the current season. In fact ‘the Hornets’ have been in terrific form of late, with successive victories in their last 3 games. Watford last featured in the Premier League in the 2006/07 season, where Liverpool came out victorious in the both the games. However, Liverpool will be facing a much stronger Watford team this time around that have proven to be strong challengers even for top teams.
Liverpool Possible Starting XI