All the latest as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds face the Hornets aiming to keep pace with top-four rivals
LIVERPOOL head to Watford looking to bounce back from a poor defeat against Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp’s side need a win to keep their top-four charge going and have been bosted by Daniel Sturridge’s return.
The Hornets will be without Craig Cathcart but could have Valon Behrami available as he makes his comeback from a hamstring injury.
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What TV channel is it on?
The game will be shown live on SkySports1 on Monday May 1. Kick-off is at 8pm.
What is the Watford team news?
Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Roberto Pereyra (knee) and Mauro Zarate (cruciate ligament) are all long-term absences.
Defender Craig Cathcart is a doubt with a knee injury, while returning Valon Behrami (hamstring) will be assessed.
What is the Liverpool team news?
Adam Lallana returned to training this week after being sidelined for a month.
Daniel Sturridge is also back in the frame after a sore hip kept him out of the defeat against Crystal Palace.
Jordan Henderson (foot), Sadio Mane (knee), Ragnar Klavan (knee) and Danny Ings (knee) are all out.
Liverpool took their eye off the ball against Crystal Palace and Jurgen Klopp will ensure that does not happen again.
Watford are a solid side but the Reds have more at stake. Their leaky defence is an issue but with plenty of firepower available they should win.
Premier League form guide
- Watford have lost five of their last six games against Liverpool in the Premier League, winning the other, 3-0 in December 2015.
- Liverpool have won 10 of their previous 12 meetings with the Hornets in all competitions, losing just twice.
- Watford last won back-to-back home games (all comps) against Liverpool in May 1983, as Graham Taylor’s side ran out 2-1 winners.
- Roberto Firmino has had a hand in four goals in his last two Premier League matches against Watford (two goals, two assists), although both appearances came at Anfield.
- All six of Liverpool’s Premier League defeats this season have come against teams outside of the current top 7.
- In fact, the Reds have won just 40 points from 22 Premier League games against teams outside the top 7 this season (1.82 per game), compared to 26 points from 12 games against the current top 7 (2.17 per game).
- This will be the 11th Premier League game that Watford have played on a Monday and of the previous 10,they have only once one (W1 D4 L5) – this came against Portsmouth in April 2007 (4-2 at Vicarage Road).
- Troy Deeney has scored against 41 different opponents in all competitions during his Watford career, but he’s never scored in his three previous appearances versus Liverpool for the Hornets.
- Liverpool will be looking to win three successive Premier League away games under Jurgen Klopp for only the second time, with the previous occasion coming in October 2016.
- Philippe Coutinho has scored in four of his last five Premier League appearances for Liverpool, while he also scored in the reverse fixture for the Reds against Watford back in November.