Liverpool vs Watford : The Premier League’s 28th matchday continues on Wednesday as first-place Liverpool hosts seventh-place Watford at Anfield. The Reds enter the day with 66 points and a record of 20-6-1, currently sitting a point above Manchester City. Liverpool is coming off a draw at Manchester United. Meanwhile, Watford is in fine form with a record of 11-7-9. The club has 40 points on the season with 11 games to go. Last season, Watford had 41.
Liverpool vs Watford
English Premier League (EPL)
Place: Anfield – Liverpool, ENG
Time: 3:00pm ET
Liverpool vs Watford Live Stream
Liverpool saw Roberto Firmino limp off with an ankle problem at the weekend but the knock has not emerged as serious and he has an outside chance of featuring in this encounter. Mohamed Salah could play as a false 9 if he misses out; Daniel Sturridge or Divocki Origi are the other options.
Naby Keita has been sick and could miss out.
Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are laid up.
Possible Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Salah, Mane
Watford’s last match was on Friday, giving them 48 hours extra recovery time in comparison to their hosts, which may allow them to field an unchanged starting XI.
Full-backs Jose Holebas and Kiki Femenia are missing, the former through suspension and the latter through a ban.
Possible Watford starting XI: Foster; Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue; Hughes, Deulofeu, Pereyra; Deeney
Liverpool vs Watford : Match Preview
Liverpool are once again top of the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp and his troops have no margin for error.
Sunday’s 0-0 draw against Manchester United has pushed them a point clear of Manchester City at the summit, but Pep Guardiola’s men have a strong advantage in terms of goal difference.
Indeed, while Andy Robertson argued that a “point at Old Trafford is never a bad result”, there was something of a sense of disappointment that the Reds were unable to capitalise on their opponents’ injury problems and win the match.
Klopp’s side have won only three of their last nine matches in all competitions but the German has told his players to capitalise on their advantage at the top.
“The situation is like it is. In the table we are in a very good position and now we have to make sure we use that on the pitch,” he told the club’s official website.
“I don’t want to close my eyes to the situation, because if United are beatable on the day, you have to do it – and we didn’t. So, that’s still in my thoughts somewhere.
“But, of course, I’m fine with the point. Let’s carry on.”
Liverpool have now played out successive goalless draws against Bayern Munich and the Red Devils, and they will expect to get back on the goal trail against Watford on Wednesday, particularly as Mohamed Salah as scored six times in three matches against the Vicarage Road outfit.