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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Date & time: Wednesday 27th Feb, 8pm GMT

Where: Anfield

Referee: Graham Scott


Well the 'big one' was somewhat of an anti-climax, wasn't it?


A 0-0 draw is maybe something many fans would've accepted, on reflection, but overall it was a poor result give the very favourable circumstances.


Watford will present a very different opponent on Wednesday night, with their recent big 5-1 win capping off a run of 2 wins, and 1 draw in their last 3 league games, with FA Cup wins interspersed along with a lone loss against Spurs.


Whilst United say back, it's unlikely that Watford will be capable and will instead look to counter Liverpool, who are likely to dominate possession even more than at Old Trafford.


Make no mistake, with Manchester City also in action at the same time, at home to West Ham Utd having just picked up their first (and let's hope last) silverware of the season, Liverpool simply must take 3 points.


Injuries & Suspension

Liverpool will be without Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, along with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster still.


But otherwise there are slight doubts surrounding Naby Keita, who came down with the infamous 'Anfield illness'. Klopp reckons he should be OK.


Similarly, Bobby Firmino looks like to be available although he may not start. Klopp was speaking today when he said that you can't rule Bobby out so he should be fit.


For Watford. Well, there are no problems on the injury front. Jammy sods!


Form

Liverpool: D-D-W-D-D (all comps)

Watford: W-W-W-D-L (all comps)


Predicted line-up

After a poor display all-round against United on Sunday, we'd be surprised if there wasn't a bit of 'rotation'.


For one, we expect Milner and Trent to switch, whilst one of Naby Keita or Xherdan Shaqiri is likely to replace Jordan Henderson in midfield as Klopp looks to field a more creative, attacking midfield.


If Bobby isn't available to start, it could be that both come in and Salah is moved into the forward position but either way, Jurgen Klopp has a few puzzles to work on before tomorrow.


Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Keita, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah and Shaqiri.




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