This weekend sees Liverpool take on Watford at Vicarage Road. The Reds enter the game on the back of a hard fought victory over West Ham United and with the opportunity to break the Premier League’s consecutive win record. The Hornets gave The Reds a tough game in December but here are three reasons Liverpool v Watford will be more straightforward this time around:
Honeymoon is over
Nigel Pearson pulled some strong results out of the bag when he took over at Vicarage Road.
His first game in the dugout was at Anfield. Thereafter he grabbed wins against Manchester United, Wolves and Aston Villa among others, whilst also earning a point at Sheffield United.
Since a mid January win against Bournemouth, The Hornets have taken just two points from a possible 15. The new manager bounce has worn off.
Points to prove
The Reds have the chance to break the Premier League’s consecutive win record at the weekend.
Whilst Jürgen Klopp insists that the side never pay attention to landmarks and records there can be no doubt that somewhere in the back of their mind the lads will be wanting to edge past Man City’s record.
Furthermore, following a shaky Monday night performance against West Ham United, The Reds will want to come out and blow The Hornets away to put to bed any thoughts that the juggernaut is faltering.
No time to defend
Watford are in a relegation dogfight.
The Hornets are currently second from bottom and will be fighting for survival until the final day.
Watford cannot afford to sit back and defend, they know full well they are likely to be picked off if they do that.
They will have to come out and play against Jürgen’s Reds. Counterproductively, this plays into the visitor’s hands.
Liverpool are one of the most deadly counter attacking sides around. With Watford expected to be beaten, they will feel they have nothing to lose by at least trying to come out and score.