Ahead of Liverpool’s opening Premier League game of the season away at Watford, we got an opposing view of Saturday’s fixture by speaking to Watford FC based podcast ‘From the Rookery End’.
How confident are you heading into this game? Has it been a successful summer for Watford?
I’m not ready to use the word successful…yet. It looks great, I mean we hired the hot young manager ahead of other PL clubs and some big ones around Europe.
Marco Silva seems to be the man to make us more successful and our transfers seem to be the right combination, in the right positions to make the next step.
What are your hopes and expectations for the season ahead?
Clubs like us have to have dreams, but we need to stay up first. Once we get to 40 points we can then see what else we can achieve. More than anything I want an consistent season.
That might mean losing games, but we are consistent in how we perform and the level we perform at, week in, week out. We are yet to have that in the Premier League in the last two seasons.
Liverpool lost to Marco Silva’s Hull City side away from home last season. Do you think we could be set for a similar upset on Saturday?
Yes, maybe, not really sure. We aren’t sure who is going to start but it could be a 4-2-3-1 or it could be more a 4-3-3.
I suspect that he’ll sured up at the back and go for the counter attack. How effective that counter will be depends on if or when the new boys come on. I can’t see him starting Andre Gray or Richarlison, but they are the type of players he needs to add to play the way he did at Hull.
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Is Etienne Capoue likely to take part after his reported row with Marco Silva?
Etienne runs so hot and cold. He had some mega games last season and there were many where you weren’t even sure he was on the pitch. His body language makes you think it is attitude, and if the reports are true then I’m not surprised.
I can see him going, but I can see him staying, but he will slowly drop down the pecking order before leaving.
Coutinho has not made the anticipated progress and there is a question on whether he will be available at Vicarage Road. (Dominic King)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 9, 2017
What do you make of Liverpool, where do you seem them finishing this season?
At this point you could finish anywhere from 1st to 8th, and that sums you up. A big big club with all the potential, you just need a few consistent years to establish yourselves as a European power house, again.
Who is the Liverpool player or players you fear the most and why?
From what I hear you aren’t going to have a full squad and I always fear a team over individual players.
After his FLUKE goal, I guess Emre Can. The players I always fear are those that always do well against us, and only us. He has the potential to be that sort of player.
Which Watford player or players should Liverpool fear the most and why?
Roberto Pereyra could cause some problems for you. He signed last summer, but was injured for a huge chunk of the season. He feels like a whole new signing. He’s a trickster we brought from Juventus.
— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) August 9, 2017
Marco Silva recently said that he feels his players are not quite at the fitness levels he usually requires from his squad. Could this be a good time for Liverpool to play Watford?
I really don’t know. There is not much you can take from pre-season, nothing clear anyway. And, as I say, with the possibility of you having to play an 18 year old, Trent Alexander-Arnold, then it might be the right time to play you.
Prediction for Saturday?
3-0 Watford…it’s the first game of the season, I’ve got to be stupidly positive!