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    Liverpool v Watford: Match Preview

    By Alex Easley
    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to make several changes ahead of Sunday's game with Watford.
    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to make several changes for the visit of Watford as his side recover from their Europa League semi-final win over Villarreal on Thursday night.

    The German has given a number of his fringe players run outs in the Premier League recently, and is likely to do so once again at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

    Klopp said: "We will need the help of the crowd because I don't know how many more games we've had than Watford.

    "We will have a few changes for sure and we will try do everything to win this game. We respect this league, we want to have the best position we can get at the end of the season."

    Meanwhile, their visitors Watford are safe from the threat of relegation and know a positive end to the campaign could very well see them finish in the top-half of the table after promotion to the division last year.

    Hornets head coach Quique Sanchez Flores on his side’s ambition in the remaining two fixtures: "When you reach a target it's easy to lose focus. We need to try to be competitive because the competition's not finished.

    "How is our ambition, how is our idea to try to add points in every single match we have to play? It is necessary to show everyone that we are still fighting in this competition."
    Quique Sanchez Flores says his side's aim is accumulate as many points as possible.  

    Liverpool boss Klopp is likely to hand starts to the likes of goalkeeper Danny Ward, centre-back Martin Skrtel, midfielders Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva and possibly striker Christian Benteke.

    Left-back Brad Smith is suspended after being sent off at Swansea last weekend.

    Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has reported no fresh injury concerns. Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami missed the win at Aston Villa because of a rib injury and is not expected to be involved at Anfield.

    Midfielder Etienne Capoue continues to recover from a knee problem.
    Martin Skrtel is expected to start the game at Anfield.


    Watford's 3-0 win in the reverse fixture is their biggest margin of victory over Liverpool.

    However, Watford's only competitive win in 11 attempts against Liverpool at Anfield came in August 1999 when Tommy Mooney scored the only goal in a Premier League meeting.


    Jurgen Klopp's side are on a 10-match unbeaten run at Anfield, including four Europa League wins (W7, D3).

    However, they have only won three of their seven most recent league games (W3, D2, L2).
    The Reds have dropped an unrivalled 19 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season.

    There have been an unrivalled 63 goals in Premier League matches involving Liverpool in 2016; Watford's fixtures have produced the fewest goals this year (34).

    Liverpool fielded their youngest ever starting line-up in the Premier League against Swansea last weekend, with an average age of 23 years and 218 days.

    Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last eight league appearances for Liverpool.


    Watford have won two of their last three games, taking as many points as they had from their previous nine league fixtures.

    This was only Watford's second win in nine league games.

    The Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Villa.

    They have only managed four goals in their last eight away matches in the league.

    Sixteen-goal leading scorer Idion Ighalo has gone 11 league matches without scoring.

    K.O. 4PM – 08/05/2016
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