The Reds will travel to Vicarage Road to take on the Hornets in the opening game of their 2017/18 Premier League Campaign. We’ve taken a look at the last five encounters between the two sides ahead of Saturday’s big game.
Watford 0-3 Liverpool – 13th January 2007
The Reds eased past Aidy Boothroyd’s side at Vicarage Road during the Hornets’ last spell in the Premier League.
A first half goal from Craig Bellamy and a brace for Peter Crouch saw Rafa Benitez’s side stroll to a comfortable victory over a Watford side that included the likes of Ben Foster, Malky Mackay, Adrian Mariappa and Ashley Young.
Liverpool’s line-up that day: Reina, Carragher, Hyypia, Agger, Finnan, Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Aurelio, Kuyt, Bellamy, Crouch
Bench: Dudek, Riise, Guthrie, Pennant, Fowler
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Watford 3-0 Liverpool – 20th December 2015
One to forget for Liverpool fans. This embarrassing defeat came during the first few months of Jürgen Klopp’s time at the club.
Martin Skrtel was forced off with an injury in the 41st minute, Divock Origi came on in his place and Lucas Leiva was used as a centre-back for the first time. First half goals from Nathan Ake and Odion Ighalo saw Quique Sanchez Flores’ side go into the break with a 2-0 lead. Ighalo added his second with just five minutes remaining on a bad day for Jürgen Klopp.
Liverpool’s line-up that day: Bogdan, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Emre Can, Henderson, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino
Bench: Fulton, Toure, Randall, Allen, Ibe, Origi, Benteke
Liverpool 2-0 Watford – 8th May 2016
Liverpool got revenge for the result in their previous encounter with Sanchez Flores’ side with a comfortable victory in the return fixture.
At the time, the Reds were in the thick of an important Europa League campaign which saw Jürgen Klopp field significantly weaker XIs in the Premier League. Despite this, goals from Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino were enough to see Klopp’s side secure all three points.
Liverpool’s line-up that day: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Moreno, Stewart, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Ojo, Benteke
Bench: Bogdan, Toure, Randall, Chirivella, Brannagan, Firmino, Sturridge
Liverpool 6-1 Watford – 6th November 2016
This was one of Liverpool’s most impressive performances of last season and a win that saw the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice of Liverpool as potential title contenders. The gulf in quality here was extremely evident from start to finish. Two goals from the electric Sadio Mané and strikes from Coutinho, Can, Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum saw Klopp’s side ease to victory, with Daryl Janmaat scoring a late consolation for Walter Mazzarri’s side.
Liverpool’s line-up that day: Karius, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Lallana, Can, Mané, Coutinho, Firmino
Bench: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno Wijnaldum, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge
Watford 0-1 Liverpool – 1st May 2017
A game that is remembered for one moment. Emre Can’s incredible bicycle kick goal turned out to be the winner for Liverpool in a hugely important 3 points for Liverpool in their chase to finish in the top four. Philippe Coutinho was forced off early on with an injury. There was a late scare when Watford defender Sebastian Prodl sent a volley crashing against the bar but the Reds managed to hold on.
Liverpool’s line-up that day: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Coutinho, Origi
Bench: Karius, Klavan, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Grujic, Lallana, Sturridge