Dave Davis explains what is required when Watford arrive at Anfield this afternoon.
Every league has them. Those teams that you know you’re better than, but you could easily come udone against. They roll from the sublime to the ridiculous week after week and you’re not sure which version you’re up against. Welcome to Liverpool vs. Watford this afternoon.
Liverpool are in great form at the moment and rightly shouldn’t fear anyone. Teams are terrified right now of coming up against Coutinho and co. as we look capable of blowing teams aside. Every area of the team is chipping in with goals and for the first time in a while, you feel we’ve got the goals needed to be successful.
That doesn’t mean anyone should take Watford for granted. This is the team that lost to Burnley and drew against Swansea, yet deservedly beat West Ham and Middlesbrough away, whilst putting United to the sword too.
Troy Deeney wouldn’t get in Jurgen Klopp’s team, but his capabilities are there for all to see and he will cause any defender problems. Nordin Amrabat has looked a stellar signing too with his skill and energy and Nathaniel Clyne will need to be on alert. Etienne Capoue already has four goals this season from the centre of the park, so we’ll need the skipper to take control in the middle too.
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The mantra this season has been to attack as we’re always confident we can score more than the opposition. Watford have conceded the same number as ourselves in the league and the criticisms we’ve had are well known. The fact they’ve only got 14 goals doesn’t look too impressive, yet they have got goal-scorers in their side.
We should rightly be confident that we can get a result, but we have to be on it from the off as the saying goes. Watford are level with United on points and we’re not sure which version is coming. Overawe them from the off and it won’t matter.