|Mohammed Salah bends one in against Watford in the first leg at Vicarage Road, who is stopping him at Anfield? (Photo credit: Liverpool Echo)
The English Premier League is back! The razzmatazz of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and draws are behind us now and we can focus on the title run in, one that is a straight battle between Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Kops host
Watford on Saturday in the lunchtime kickoff as they also prepare for a date in
Europe in midweek, on paper you know Liverpool will beat Watford but if that
was ever true to the bones, Liverpool would have gone a whole season unbeaten
two seasons ago if not for the Hornets.
cast in stone in football. Watford beat Liverpool 3-0 at the Vicarage Road
stadium on the 29th of February 2020, that damaged hopes for the
Kops more than the pandemic that followed but they have since gotten their
pounds of flesh from the Hornets.
is huge at both ends of the league table. The Hornets are in trouble and need a
win here to help their cause against relegation while Liverpool must win to
move above the champions on the league table albeit for a while, at least till
City play Burnley away.
have a way round Watford, sake for that ill-fated 3-0 debacle two years ago,
Watford didn’t even register a single goal against Liverpool in any of the
other four from the last five with the Kops ramming five past the London side
twice in that run.
welcome back Trent Alexander Arnold to the fold after Klopp confirmed he is
back running and training well, then you wonder if the injury was just to stop
him from playing for England during the international break. They have a title
to fight for, their best players must be protected.
Liverpool’s priority lie? Looks like it’s the premier league and they will stop
at nothing to fight it to the last day. Watford can focus on other fixtures but
don’t be surprised if there’s an upset at Anfield, not likely but not impossible.
Salah has scored twenty league goals again this season and he likes playing
against Watford, they won’t find him interesting in this fixture. Luis Dias and
Sadio Mane are the other outlets for the Kops, how can Watford stop them?