Liverpool look to finish their season strong when they host Watford at Anfield on Sunday evening.
The Reds will be boosted by an excellent 3-0 win over Villarreal in the second leg of their Europa League Semi Final and look good when all the key players are lined up in the squad. Klopp has been rather experimental in league games as he often decided to rest the key names. One reason for this is because their best chance for a European spot next season is by lifting the Europa League title this season.
Watford are 12th in the standings and will be more than happy after avoid relegation in the first season after promotion, something that they often failed to do on previous occasions. They are coming on moderate form and will looking to mount an upset on Sunday evening.
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Liverpool are win-less in their last two league games as they were comprehensively beaten by Swansea last weekend and held to a 2-2 draw by relegation candidates Newcastle the week before. The Reds are in good scoring form as they scored 13 goals in their last five Premier League games. Their form in the last five Premier League games read 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss.
Liverpool are undefeated in their last 6 home games in the league, with 3 wins and 3 draws. They scored 10 goals in their last 3 matches at home and conceded just 3.
Watford are coming on a back of a 3-2 win against Aston Villa last week, but they were made to work hard and were a goal behind until the 90th minute. Watford’s form in the last five matches read 2 wins, 1 draw and a loss.
Watford have a poor away form as they had lost in 6 of their last 8 games on the road. They have scored just 2 goals from their last 4 away matches and conceded 8 in return.
Liverpool: Team News
Jordan Henderson is ruled out for the remainder of the season, while Divock Origi and Jordan Rossiter are injured. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are back in training, but will be too early to return to the starting line-up.
Mamadou Sakho is banned after the failed drug test, while Brad Smith is suspended for this tie.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to keep tinkering with his line-up and we could see the youngsters getting another run out here.
Liverpool: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Ward – Randall, Skrtel, Leiva, Flanagan – Allen, Steward – Ojo, Brannagan, Ibe – Benteke.
Watford: Team News
Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami are injured, while Joel Ekstrand is short of match fitness. Other than this Quique Sanchez Flores has no players missing and could use the same line-up that started in the 3-2 win against Aston Villa.
Watford: Predicted Line-up (4-4-2)
Gomes – Paredes, Cathcart, Britos, Anya – Abdi, Watson, Suarez, Jurado – Deeney, Ighalo.
Liverpool vs Watford: Head-to-Head Stats
Liverpool have won in 5 of the last six meetings with Watford in all competitions.
Out of the 19 games played so far between the sides since 1982, Liverpool were victorious in 14 games, with 1 draw; while Watford won just 4.
At the same time, Liverpool had won 8 of the 9 matches at home against Watford, while losing 1. Watford have failed to score in their last two visits to Anfield.
Liverpool vs Watford: Prediction
Liverpool will be once again fielding a fringe side with full of youngsters. Klopp had set his sights solely on the Europa League final on May 18th and he will be highly concentrating on keeping his key players fit.
Watford safe from relegation zone will be much relaxed and will be aiming to play for the travelling fans. They would like to win this one and end their poor run of form at Anfield.
In my opinion this could go as a draw, but I expect goals to fall on both ends. A 2-2 scoreline at the end of 90 minutes is my prediction for this match and I believe both fans will be happy at the end of the game.