Average at best: Three things to expect from Liverpool v Watford
COMMENT BY Matt Bullin
Liverpool travel to Vicarage Road this Monday night to take on Watford in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will look to bounce back from a hugely disappointing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.
The Anfield club could also find themselves outside the top four by the time they face the Hornets, so a victory is crucial, as it will see them return to the Champions League spots.
Liverpool completed a demolition job on Watford when the sides met earlier this season, beating them 6-1, here are three things to expect from the game.
The return of Lallana
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Adam Lallana has been injured for nearly two months and has missed Liverpool’s last five Premier League matches having picked up a thigh injury while on England duty. But he is set to return to the playing squad for the Monday night clash after training this week. The Reds have missed Lallana’s tireless work rate in the middle of the park, as well as his creative flair in the final third. The 28-year-old has seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League this term and has been one of Liverpool’s top performers – he will surely star after spending so long on the sidelines.
Origi to find form
Divock Origi has been poor in Liverpool’s last two games. He has failed to fashion any chances of his own, and his hold-up play has been average at best – in truth he has given the defenders of Palace and West Brom an easy game. With Younes Kaboul and Craig Cathcart set to miss out it is an opportunity for the 22-year-old to fill his boots. Origi has all the attributes of a top striker but he has failed to show it this season and has scored only six goals in 3o league appearances. He will not have a better chance to bag a hatful than against the second string centre defensive pairing of Watford.
Coutinho will sparkle
Liverpool’s Brazilian magician is bang in-form and has bagged four goals in his last five games. Despite a quiet performance last time out the Reds will look to him to link up with the returning Lallana to unlock the Watford defence. Prior to picking up an ankle injury in December Coutinho looked to be reaching the peak of his powers – and he even bagged a goal and an assist v Watford earlier in the campaign. The 24-year-old has 10 goals and six assists in the league and is one of the Premier League’s top talents and he will star at Vicarage Road.
In other Liverpool news, here is Klopp’s expected line-up for the Monday night clash v Watford.