Having shown a more robust edge in recent matches, Al Hain-Cole is backing the Hornets to put up some resistance against Klopp’s men at Anfield
Nigel Pearson will be hoping to make an immediate impact when his Watford side take on Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
The former Leicester boss is the third permanent manager to take charge of the Hornets this season, with the club now six points adrift of safety at the foot of the Premier League table.
Liverpool vs Watford latest odds
Having lost their last five visits to this ground by an aggregate scoreline of 20-1, Pearson’s new team are hefty 11/1 (12.00) outsiders with bet365 to pull off a shock win here.
The Reds have taken an astounding 73 points from the last available 75, and are priced at just 2/11 (1.19) to claim all three once again.
Just one of the last 21 encounters between this pair has resulted in a draw, but you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on this one finishing up all square.
Liverpool vs Watford team news
Dejan Lovren is unavailable after being forced off in Tuesday’s Champions League win over Salzburg, joining Joel Matip, Fabinho and Nathaniel Clyne on the sidelines. However, Adam Lallana could return after missing that game due to a thigh issue.
Jose Holebas, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Sebastian Prodl are all ruled out, while Craig Dawson and Daryl Janmaat will face late fitness tests.
Liverpool vs Watford preview
Although memorably beaten 8-0 by Manchester City earlier on in the campaign, the Hornets have actually conceded a relatively respectable 12 goals in the 10 matches since then.
While they will be hard-pressed to keep Jurgen Klopp’s side from scoring, they will at least back themselves to make them work hard for a breakthrough – having let in just one first-half goal in nine fixtures and none in the most recent five.
Liverpool vs Watford predictions
All in all, odds of 20/21 (1.95) look like solid value on a determined Watford team ensuring the goalmouth action doesn’t truly unfold until after the break for their fourth consecutive game against Liverpool.
All odds correct at time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.
Highest-scoring half: Second for a 2pt stake at 20/21 (1.95) with bet365
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