Liverpool travel to Watford on 20 December as the Reds look to bounce back from three games without a win in all competitions. A loss against Newcastle United, followed by draws against Sion in the Europa League and West Bromwich Albion in the league has seen the initial euphoria, which came about following their wins over Manchester City and Southampton, die a premature death.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 1.30pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
Watford have won their last three games and are currently above the Reds in the league table albeit by only a point. The Hornets come into the game in brilliant form and also with an enviable record of not having lost a single game against opponents below them in the league table.
However, they do not have a great record against the Reds at Hertfordshire, losing eight times in their last 13 games, including the last five fixtures. They will take encouragement from the current series of results in the Premier League, with the likes of Bournemouth overthrowing giants like Manchester United and Chelsea. A win here will take them within a point from the Red Devils, who are currently in fourth spot.
Meanwhile, the Reds are going through a torrid time, having promised much since Jurgen Klopp came on board. A lack of consistency has been their main problem this season, with a spectacular performance immediately followed by a mediocre one, which has many fans off their foot on what to expect this season. They are currently on ninth spot, 11 points adrift of leaders Leicester City, who have been the standout club this season.
Their last game against West Bromwich Albion saw them come back from 2-1 down in injury time to claim a point but Klopp's reaction to clinching the draw has come under a lot of criticism. The former Borussia Dortmund manager celebrated the point like a win, something that has not gone down with a lot of pundits and fans alike.
What Managers Say
Quique Sanchez Flores: "We need to keep humble because it is important not to underestimate any team. It is important to know what our possibilities are otherwise it could be very dangerous. Our target us the same, to keep our status. At the same time, we want to be ambitious and enjoy the experience. At the moment it is important to focus on the challenge of Liverpool and keep the positive energy for the matches coming up. We are happy with the development of the team and the players but we are thinking about progressing and improving."
Jurgen Klopp: "Mamadou has trained completely normal. It is a good situation. He started normal training last week and now he has completed this week. If it stays like this he will be ready. Now he's had many weeks out, everything is different, but when we all work together as a team it is easier for the centre-halves to play a normal game. We want Mamadou's quality and his strength but the team has to help him too."
Betting Odds (888Sport)
- Watford Win: 4.10
- Draw: 3.53
- Liverpool Win: 1.97
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