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Liverpool vs Watford : Team News As Six Players Are Injured For Watford: How Origi, Shaqiri and Chamberlain could pile more misery on Nigel Pearson side


Liverpool welcome Watford to Anfield this Saturday as the Reds look to retain their seemingly unassailable lead at the top of the Premier League table.


Jurgen Klopp's men have been victorious in all bar one of their top-flight fixtures this term, with a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford their only blip in 2019/20. They've also enjoyed success on the continent, and booked their place in the Champions League knockout stages on Tuesday night with a 2-0 win at Red Bull Salzburg.


Meanwhile, the ​Hornets are rooted to the foot of the ​Premier League table, having won just once all season. That was a 2-0 triumph at Carrow Road in early November, but Watford have since sacked Quique Sanchez Flores, replacing him with former ​Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson.

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Here's our preview of the ​clash on Merseyside.

Where to Watch

​When Is Kick Off? Saturday 14 December​

​What Time Is Kick Off? ​12:30 (GMT)

​Where Is it Played? ​Anfield

​TV Channel/Live Stream? ​BT Sport 1
​Referee? ​Andre Marriner

Team News

Klopp lost another centre-back to injury during the midweek victory in Austria, with Dejan Lovren injurying his thigh. He and Joel Matip will miss the game on Saturday, though they are both due to make a full recovery before the end of January.
Midfielder Adam Lallana has an outside chance of being fit for the Hornets match, though long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne is still several months away from a return to the field, having torn knee ligaments in pre-season.

About New Watford boss Nigel Pearson

New Watford boss Pearson could have as many as six first-team players unavailable for the trip to Anfield.
Jose Holebas, Sebastian Prodl, Danny Welbeck, and Tom Cleverley are still undergoing rehab for injuries sustained earlier in the campaign, while defensive pairing Daryl Janmaat and Craig Dawson will face late fitness tests ahead of the weekend's action.

The Dutchman has a bruised knee, and is expected to sit out the meeting with the ​Reds, though Dawson could be ready after he was cut above the eye socket during the recent 3-0 loss at home to ​Burnley.

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Predicted Lineups

​Liverpool Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Shaqiri, Chembarlain; Salah, Mane, Firmino.​

​Watford ​Foster;  Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Capoue, Doucoure; Sarr, Pereyra, Deulofeu; Deeney.

Head to Head Record

When the clubs last met, it was Liverpool who emerged triumphant, hammering the Hertfordshire outfit 5-0 in February as they looked for that first Premier League title.

The Reds ultimately failed to get their hands on the trophy, but they've continued their superb form at the start of this season, with their display against the Hornets last winter demonstrating what incredible talents Klopp has at his disposal.


Sadio Mane is one of the players currently driving Liverpool to top-flight glory, and the Senegalese was in the mood when he last took on Watford, scoring a delightful back-heel as he hit a double at Anfield.

Divock Origi made it three just after the hour when he rifled a low effort in at the near-post, before two towering headers from Virgil van Dijk added some gloss to the Reds' 23rd victory over Watford in their history.

The Merseysiders have lost to the Hornets on only four occasions, while there have been five draws between the teams.

Recent Form

The sides have been worlds apart over the course of the last 18 months. Liverpool have lost just one of their last 55 Premier League fixtures, whereas Watford have been beaten in nine of their 16 top-flight fixtures this season alone.

The Reds have scored 31 more goals than their opponents during the 2019/20 league campaign, with Mohamed Salah and Mane sharing 16 between them. The duo have once again been immaculate for Klopp, yet much of the club's success has been built on a solid defence.
Leicester are the only team to have conceded less goals than Liverpool in this year's Premier League. Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Van Dijk have maintained their high standards from 2018/19, with the latter coming as ​runner-up in the Ballon d'Or earlier this month.

They are the only team in the top four divisions of English football yet to hit double-figures for goals scored, highlighting their struggles at the top end of the pitch.

Our Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Watford

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