Liverpool has been the team to beat this season in the Premier League as they sit comfortably on top of the table with 46 points on board with 15 wins and a solitary draw from 16 games so far. The Merseyside red is fresh from an impressive 2-0 win over Salzberg which saw them make it through to the Round of 16 of the Champions League. Liverpool will now return to league action as they host bottom of the table Watford.
The Hornets with new boss Nigel Pearson would be more than pleased if they get a result of some sort at Anfield which seems highly unlikely at this stage. Watford currently has nine points on board with just a win, six draws and nine defeats in the ongoing Premier League season.
Date- Saturday, December 14 | Kick-Off- 6:00 PM (IST) | Venue- Anfield
Dejan Lovren was taken off in the second half of Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Salzberg at midweek and is expected to sit out the upcoming fixture. With Joel Matip also ruled out due to injury, Joe Gomez is expected to partner alongside Virgil Van Dijk at centre-half. Adam Lallana’s thigh issue kept him out of action on Tuesday but could be made available on the team sheet against Watford. Nathaniel Clyne and Fabinho are also on the sidelines due to injury for the hosts. Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner could be back in the starting eleven.
Jose Holebas, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverly and Sevastian Prodl are all ruled out due to injuries for the Hornets. Craig Dawson and Daryl Janmaat should be assessed prior to kick-off as they sustained head and knee injuries respectively.
Liverpool- Alisson; Robertson, V v Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Milner, Henderson, Chamberlain; Origi, Firmino, Shaqiri
Watford- Foster; Femenia, Kabasele, Cathcart, Masina; Doucoure, Capoue; Sarr, Pereyra, Deulofeu; Deeney
Robert Firmino has four goals and four assists in the ongoing Premier League season and can make an impact while going forward for Liverpool
Gerard Deulofeu can be lethal on the break for Watford. The Spaniard has two goals and two assists from 16 league appearances this season.
Andrew Roberston has been decisive in the full-back position for Liverpool. The 25-year-old has a goal and five assists with a pass accuracy of 84% in the league this season.
Troy Deeney has yet to score for Watford as he was on the sidelines for the early half of the season due to injury. However, the club captain has enough experience to chip in with a goal or two.
Liverpool are the clear favourites heading into the game.
Goalkeeper- B Foster
Defenders- J Gomez, Andrew Robertson (C), C Cathcart
Midfielders- X Shaqiri, A O Chamberlain, J Henderson, J Milner
Forwards- R Firmino, T Deeney, G Deulofeu
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