Liverpool head into their fixture against Watford knowing a win, albeit temporarily, would take them 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are yet to lose in the league this season, only dropping points in the 1-1 draw away to Manchester United.
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It’s only been 16 games, but they’re already 37 points clear of the Hornets, who are under the stewardship of Nigel Pearson for the first time at Anfield.
The Reds secured their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win over RB Salzburg in midweek and face a massive fixture pile-up as December progresses.
So how will they lineup?
Alisson has returned from injury and suspension to reclaim his place in goal. Trent Alexander-Arnold is instrumental to the Reds’ attack, registering seven assists in 23 games this season. Dejan Lovren has been ruled out of the weekend’s game after picking up a muscle injury against RB Salzburg. With Joel Matip still injured, Joe Gomez should get the nod. Andy Robertson has already started 23 games in all competitions this season, so he might be left out ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup. The versatile James Milner would be the favourite to come in on the left.
Fabinho remains on the sidelines for the Reds, so captain Jordan Henderson should anchor the midfield. Despite his impressive showings against Bournemouth and Salzburg, scoring in each game, Naby Keita looks set to be rested. His injury record since arriving on Merseyside is poor enough to suggest Klopp won’t risk playing him three times in a week.
Up front, the explosive front three could be broken up in an effort to keep everyone fresh. While the pace of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane looks set to stay, Roberto Firmino may drop out to make way for Divock Origi. The Brazilian’s performance against Salzburg was scrutinised by fans, and Origi has proven to be a capable replacement, scoring twice against Everton recently.
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