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WATFORD TEAM NEWS
Record signing Andre Gray is in line to make his Watford debut this weekend with Troy Deeney’s availability in question owing to recent surgery on his groin.
The club captain faces a late fitness test ahead of today’s visit of Liverpool but is a doubt given the procedure was only a month ago.
Craig Cathcart also misses out because of a knee injury, as does Christian Kabasele due to a hamstring problem. Mauro Zarate, also knee, remains a long-term absentee.
LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS
Liverpool will be without Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
Coutinho, who has handed in a transfer request, is unavailable due to a back problem that also makes him a doubt for next Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying play-off first leg against Hoffenheim, while Sturridge has a thigh issue.
Adam Lallana (thigh) and Nathaniel Clyne (back) are also out.
STRAIGHT FROM THE MANAGERS
Watford’s Marco Silva: “Our main goal is to continue to stay in the Premier League, but we want to do better than the last two seasons.
“That’s important as well to us, and the way I work is to think game-by-game, prepare week-by-week, and be strong on matchdays.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “When we finished last season in fourth position everybody was really happy about it – it was really a good result for a big effort.
“We knew also there would be a qualification game, and now it is coming up. But the first challenge we have to face is playing Watford, even though everybody is thinking about the Champions League qualifiers. So Watford is the first target.
“We are in a good shape. The players are in a good mood, the attitude in all the training sessions was really good.”
Watford squad: Gomes, Pantilimon, Janmaat, Britos, Kaboul, Prodl, Mariappa, Holebas, Femenia, Hoban, Capoue, Hughes, Amrabat, Chalobah, Behrami, Doucoure, Watson, Pereyra, Deeney, Success, Richarlison, Sinclair, Okaka, Gray.
Liverpool squad to follow…
Last season: Watford 0 Liverpool 1, Liverpool 6 Watford 1
Last five league matches: Watford L L L L L; Liverpool L W D W W
Published at Sat, 12 Aug 2017 09:00:00 +0000