With Manchester City also hosting West Ham on Wednesday and Liverpool leading at the top of the league by only a point,
following their 0-0 draw at Manchester United on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s side has no room for maneuver in the title race.
Liverpool will attempt to maintain their place back at the Premier League summit when they return to action at Anfield tonight.
Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaimed top billing on Sunday, though missed the chance to go three points clear of title rivals Manchester City
with just 11 matches remaining after being held to a goalless draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford.
With City hosting West Ham on the same night,
the Reds will likely need to record only their second top-flight win in February to ensure they remain in first place,
but will certainly not have it easy against a Watford team in excellent form.
Thanks in no small part to a hat-trick from Gerard Deulofeu,
Javi Gracia’s Europa League-chasing Hornets thrashed Cardiff 5-1 on Friday night to climb into seventh.
Team News of Liverpool vs Watford
Liverpool are likely to be without Roberto Firmino, who was substituted with a right ankle injury in the first half against United and was seen leaving the stadium on crutches.
Klopp could not elaborate on the issue after the full-time whistle, but did suggest that the Brazilian – who was replaced by Daniel Sturridge – tends to recovery quickly.
Andy Robertson was set to have a scan on an arm injury sustained on Sunday that required a brace, but the manager does not think Dejan Lovren (hamstring) will be available.
Joe Gomez (ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) remain sidelined.
Despite returning to first-team training, Kiko Femenia is Watford’s only injury absentee having still not fully recovered from a hamstring issue sustained in mid-January.
Fellow full-back Jose Holebas will serve the final match of a two-game ban automatically incurred after collecting 10 yellow cards.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Salah, Sturridge, Mane
Predicted Watford XI: Foster, Janmaat, Mariappa, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Hughes, Pereyra, Deulofeu, Deeney
Score prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Watford
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The teams have met 11 times in the Premier League, with Liverpool having won eight matches and Watford only two.
There has been one draw – a six-goal thriller on opening weekend in 2017.
Liverpool have won the last two fixtures comfortably, scoring eight goals without reply. They triumphed 3-0 at Vicarage Road in November.