New Watford manager Claudio Ranieri will take charge of his first game on Saturday in less than easy circumstances as The Hornets welcome Liverpool to Vicarage Road. The visitors are unbeaten in their first 10 matches in all competitions and sit one point behind Chelsea in second. Having recovered from the injury crisis which so hampered them last season, Jurgen Klopp's side look back to their best and should be considered strong challengers for the Premier League and Champions League this term. Watford, who in the eyes of many prematurely sacked former manager Xisco Munoz before the international break, are 15th on 7 points. It's not been a disastrous start for the newly promoted side but this will be a stern test for them.
Watford could take inspiration from fellow promoted side Brentford who played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool earlier in the season. However, if The Hornets are to get the better of a rejuvenated Virgil Van Dijk and co, they will need to be at their absolute best. Josh King, who is still being assessed for a knee injury, will hope to get on the pitch and on the scoresheet. The Norwegian will likely be pleased to see 22 year old Caoimhin Kelleher in the sticks as Alisson returns late from international duty. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita will hope to get a run out in the midfield as Fabinho will also be arriving late with his Brazilian counterpart.
Liverpool will be clear favourites on paper but with a possible ""new manager bounce"", Watford could make things difficult. Klopp's side are full of confidence but without two key players they could get caught out. A draw may be on the cards.
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12 October 2021, 11:30
Liverpool FC haven't lost in their last 12 games.
The winner of their last meeting was Watford FC.
Watford FC scores 1.78 goals when playing at home and Liverpool FC scores 2.34 goals when playing away (on average).
When Liverpool FC leads 0-1 away, they win in 68% of their matches.
Average number of goals in the first half in meetings between Watford FC and Liverpool FC is 1.
Both teams haven't won their last match in Premier League.
Liverpool FC have lost just 1 of their last 5 Premier League games against Watford FC.
Joshua King has assisted the most goals for Watford FC with 2. Mohamed Salah is Liverpool FC's biggest assister (3).
In the last 5 meetings Watford FC won 1, Liverpool FC won 4, 0 draws.
Watford FC scores 0.6 goals in a match against Liverpool FC and Liverpool FC scores 3 goals against Watford FC (on average).
When Watford FC leads 1-0 at home, they win in 85% of their matches.
When Liverpool FC is down 1-0 away, they win 33% of their matches.
Watford FC wins 34% of halftimes, Liverpool FC wins 38%.
In Premier League, Liverpool FC has better performance than Watford FC.
Ismaila Sarr is Watford FC's top scorer with 4 goals. Mohamed Salah has scored 6 times for Liverpool FC.
Liverpool FC have lost just 1 of their last 5 games against Watford FC (in all competitions).
Liverpool FC have lost none of their last 9 away matches.
On their last meeting Watford FC won by 3 goals.
Average number of goals in meetings between Watford FC and Liverpool FC is 3.6.
When Watford FC is down 0-1 home, they win 20% of their matches.
Watford FC wins 1st half in 34% of their matches, Liverpool FC in 38% of their matches.
Liverpool FC's performance of the last 5 matches is better than Watford FC's.
Liverpool FC's away record this season: 2-1-0.
Watford FC have won just 1 of their last 5 Premier League games against Liverpool FC.
Liverpool FC have scored at least one goal for 21 consecutive matches.
Watford FC have conceded a goal in each of their last 6 matches.
During the last 16 meetings, Watford FC have won 3 times, there have been 1 draws while Liverpool FC have won 12 times. The goal difference is 37-13 in favour of Liverpool FC.
During the last 8 meetings with Watford FC playing at home, Watford FC have won 2 times, there have been 1 draws while Liverpool FC have won 5 times. The goal difference is 14-11 in favour of Liverpool FC.
Liverpool FC haven't scored in 0 of their 3 away matches in Premier League this season.
Watford FC haven't scored in 1 of their 3 home matches in Premier League this season.
Did you know that Liverpool FC scores 24% of their goals between the minutes 61-75?
Liverpool FC is undefeated this season when playing at home and taking the lead 1-0.
This was Sadio Mane's 5th goal for the season.
If Sadio Mane scores against Watford FC it will be his 5th goal for Liverpool FC this season.