Premier League leaders Liverpool host bottom-of-the-table Watford in the early Saturday afternoon kick-off this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will be looking to open up an 11 point lead over title chasers Leicester City – who host Norwich the same day (15:00 KO) – with their 16th league win of the season.
Watford meanwhile are in mirror opposite form to the Reds. The Hornets are rooted to the bottom of the league with only one win all season. The travelling visitors are also currently six points adrift from safety.
However, the London based team will be hoping for their new manager bounce to take effect in the north-west come Saturday. Watford will have their third different manager at the helm this season as former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson takes his first match in charge at Anfield.
Watford have a miserable record at the home of the European champions. They have lost their previous three consecutive matches at Anfield by a five-goal margin and are without a win at the famous ground since 1999.
Liverpool are currently embarking on a club-record run of 33 league matches unbeaten. Klopp’s team have only dropped two points since March and haven’t seen a home defeat in the league since April 2017.
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The difference in points between the two opponents is a gargantuan 37. The odds would certainly suggest a routine win is on the cards for Liverpool. Despite this, Klopp’s team have a notorious tendency to make life difficult for themselves.
Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has backed Liverpool to make easy work of their 12:30 pm kick-off which would see them move 17 points above current Premier League holders Manchester City.
Speaking in his weekly column Nicholas said: “The games that have come Liverpool’s way have been excellent – they haven’t needed to be at their best. They appear to look vulnerable but then they win. It isn’t luck.”
“Liverpool can afford to rest two out of the three front players and still have enough to get three points.
“I see a very comfortable afternoon nevertheless.”
Liverpool vs Watford will be shown live from BT Sport (12:30 KO)