A win for Liverpool against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday will be enough for Jurgen Klopp’s side to return to the top of the Premier League – albeit temporarily.
The Reds are currently second in the table – one point behind leaders Chelsea – after a pulsating 2-2 draw with Manchester City at Anfield before the international break.
Beating Watford, though, won’t be an easy task. The Hornets are under new management following the appointment of former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri.
The home fans will be hoping for a new boss bounce and their team have made a decent start to the season, picking up seven points from seven league games.
Watford forward Ismaila Sarr has as many Premier League goals as Sadio Mane this term and they have plenty of experience in Ben Foster, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.
Reds boss Klopp will take confidence from Mohamed Salah’s form, with the Egyptian scoring six goals and producing three assists in the Premier League this term.
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What time is Watford vs Liverpool?
Kick-off is at 12:30pm on Saturday.
It’s the first Premier League game after the recent international break.
It’s also the first meeting between the two teams since Watford’s 3-0 league victory against Liverpool at Vicarage Road in February 2020.
What channel is it on?
BT Sport will televise the game, with coverage beginning at 11:30pm on BT Sport 1.
Subscribers will also be able to watch the action via the BT Sport website or stream it via the BT Sport app.
Live radio commentary will available on talkSPORT.
Watford vs Liverpool odds
Odds are supplied by Grosvenor Sport and they are subject to change.
- Watford 7/1
- Draw 21/5
- Liverpool 7/20
Watford vs Liverpool team news
Liverpool boss Klopp expects injured pair Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota to be fit for Saturday afternoon’s game.
Both players are scheduled to return to full training before the weekend after recovering from muscle injuries.
But the Reds are set to be without Thiago Alcantara, who is continuing his recovery from a calf injury, as well as Fabinho and Alisson.
Liverpool’s two Brazilian stars are expected to play against Uruguay at 1:30am on Friday morning (UK time) – just 35 hours before the Premier League clash.
Discussing his squad with the club’s website, Klopp said: “They are all good, they are all in a good way, let me say it like this.
“So it looks really like Trent and Diogo will be fine, they will train with us tomorrow completely normal, that’s the plan.
“Thiago needs probably a little bit longer, [he] was not in team training yet – that’s always not a good sign for starting the next game.
“And the rest [of the] international [players], some are back, obviously some are not back yet. And we will see.”
Watford, meanwhile, are hoping Joshua King will be available after suffering a minor knee ligament problem against Leeds before the international break.
King is back in training but Francisco Sierralta and Christian Kabasele aren’t yet, both nursing hamstring injuries.
New signing Nicolas Nkoulou isn’t available for selection, while Peter Etebo has undergone surgery on a quad tear and is expected to be out for some time.