Preview: Liverpool vs Watford

Liverpool will be looking to consolidate their top status with a win over Watford at Vicarage Road Stadium in their English Premier League clash on Monday evening.

Premier League
Date: 1 May 2017
Gameweek 35 
Kick-off: 21:00 (GMT+2)
Venue: Vicarage Road Stadium
Referee: Craig Pawson
Assistants: C Hatzidakis, P Kirkup
Fourth official: R East

A big three points up for grabs! ⚽️

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Head-to-head summary: 


Watford 21 4 1 16
Liverpool 21 16 1 4

Previous encounter: 

Liverpool 6-1 Watford 06/11/16 (Premier League)

Liverpool goalscorers: S. Mané (27', 60'), Philippe Coutinho (30'), E. Can (43'), Roberto Firmino (57'), G. Wijnaldum (90'+1)

Watford goalscorers: D. Janmaat (75') 

Players to watch: 

Heurelho Gomes will be a key figure for the home side against the unpredictable Reds. 

If the towering keeper can frustrate the visitors with an inspired display, Mazzari's men will be within a chance to pull off a shock victory against Klopp's side, who've proven to crack mentally against defence-minded outfits all season.

It will be a busy evening for the former Tottenham shot-stopper.

Roberto Firmino would be a key player to look out for against a Watford side safe from potential relegation. The Brazil international's movement and technical ability in and around the area will pose the static Hornets defence trouble during their Monday night fixture.

Coupled with compatriot Phillipe Coutinho, the former Hoffenheim forward will be confident to get his name on the scoresheet at Vicarage Road.


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Team form and manager quotes: 

Watford have enjoyed three wins from their last five to stay clear of relegation worries and will now target three points to earn a place in the top-half of the Premier League table – against a Liverpool side that have struggled against the bottom-half sides all campaign.

Head coach Walter Mazzarri said in the pre-match press conference; "Our target was to be mathematically safe and we still are not mathematically safe, [but] we are very near safety.

"They [Liverpool] will be very angry because they lost at home [to Crystal Palace]. I hope my players are more angry than them because we lost our last game and conceded six against Liverpool earlier this year."

The 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace put a real dent into Liverpool's top-four position but as results went in their favour over the weekend, the Reds will approach the fixture against the Hornets with a real sense of optimism.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp; "At the beginning of the season, when we were first or second in the table and all that stuff, I said the only thing we can do is to be in the battle for the interesting positions at the end of the season.

"Yes, it would be nice if we had 10 points more and fight with Chelsea for the title, but that's not for us obviously in this moment.

"So we have to fight for what we can fight for and that's a Champions League place. That's really, really interesting, to be honest."

One more workout before matchday for the #watfordfc squad today. ??

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Team news: 

Watford's Younes Kaboul, Roberto Pereyra and Mauro Zarate are all definitely out through injury while Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is a doubt.