Competition: Premier League – Liverpool FC vs. Watford FC
Venue: Anfield – Sunday, November 6 – 14:15 GMT (09:15 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 30/100 – Draw 9/2 – Watford 10/1
The Reds are in fine form having suffered just one defeat in all competitions this season, which came way back in August in the second league game at Burnley.
Jurgen Klopp has firmly imprinted his philosophy on this Liverpool side now, with a high energy, intense, pressing style of play.
With six wins out of their last seven league games, Liverpool will be confident of building on a great start to the campaign this weekend.
Watford arrive in Merseyside boasting a successful run of form themselves having lost just one of their last seven (W4, D2).
The Hornets edged past a resilient Hull side at Vicarage Road last weekend with a 1-0 win, keeping their third consecutive clean sheet in the process.
Walter Mazzarri is doing a fine job and most Watford fans would’ve bitten your hand off if you’d said they would be seventh in the league with 15 points after ten games.
The previous meeting between these two sides saw Liverpool win 2-0 at Anfield in the penultimate game of last season.
Liverpool welcome James Milner back to the squad after he missed last weekend’s win at Crystal Palace with illness. There were also doubts over Emre Can and Giorgio Wijnaldum who felt unwell this week but should be fit for action. Danny Ings will miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Watford could be without defender Sebastian Prodl who suffered a muscle injury last weekend, while Craig Cathcart (groin) and Isaac Success (muscle) are out. Stefano Okaka will have a late fitness test as he’s been struggling with a hamstring injury.
Liverpool’s last five: W/W/D/W/W
Watford’s last five: L/D/W/D/W
Key Stat: Watford have only ever won once at Anfield in 12 attempts in all competitions (D1, L0). That sole victory was a 1-0 Premier League success back in August 1999.
Key Player: Adam Lallana – The midfielder is establishing himself as a first-team regular under Jurgen Klopp and has performed consistently. He may not boast an array of goals and assists but his efficiency in the engine room shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Liverpool 2-1 Watford – This could be a tight game and although the Reds don’t keep many clean sheets, home advantage combined with confidence of their recent form should be enough to see Liverpool edge it.