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Liverpool v Watford: Javi Gracia speaks on Mo Salah

Watford boss Javi Gracia has spoken on Mo Salah ahead of his side’s meeting with Liverpool on Wednesday.

Salah has been a thorn in the side of Watford and Gracia since joining the Reds.

He made his Premier League debut at Vicarage Road, a scoring one, although the most notable game came last March.

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Salah tore Watford to shreds at Anfield just under a year ago, scoring four times and setting up Roberto Firmino for the other.

The Egytpian then took his tally against Watford to six in three games with a strike in November.

Wednesday marks Gracia and Watford’s first return to Anfield since Salah put four past them. Liverpool’s number 11 isn’t in the same kind of form, however.

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Salah is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League but only has a single goal in his last five games. Beyond that, it’s four in his last nine – a long way from his performance last March.

Gracia is more interested in his memory of Salah, though.

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Gracia on Salah

“I don’t know how many goals he [Salah] has scored in his last games but I remember in the last game we played against him he scored a lot of goals,” said Gracia, according to BT Sport.

“Then we try to do our job better because we will need to keep a very good level to compete and have the option of getting some points.

“I try to learn from all the games, of course. Every game is different, the seasons are different and the players have different moments, I’m sure the next games will be different.”

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Watford have been in decent form themselves, unbeaten in four games and winning three. They’ll be a real test for Liverpool who need to get back on track after back-to-back 0-0 draws.

As for Salah, Watford should be as worried as everyone else. He started the season as slow as he’s playing now, scoring just three times in 11 games.

That was followed by a stretch of 16 games with 14 goals and six assists, however. He’s a player you simply never write off.

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