Liverpool v Watford team news & stats

Date published: Friday 6th May 2016 1:45

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Liverpool will hope to fare better than they did last weekend when they rest key players against Watford in the Premier League at Anfield on Sunday.

Team news

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to make significant changes as he rests many of the players who booked a place in the Europa League final on Thursday.

It means probable starts for the likes of goalkeeper Danny Ward, centre-back Martin Skrtel, midfielders Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva and possibly striker Christian Benteke.

Left-back Brad Smith is suspended after being sent off at Swansea last weekend.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, but Switzerland midfielder Valon Behrami missed the win at Aston Villa because of a rib injury and is not expected to be involved at Anfield.

Midfielder Etienne Capoue continues to recover from a knee problem.

Kick-off at Anfield on Sunday is at 4pm.

Opta stats

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League matches at Anfield (W5 D5 L1).
  • The Hornets have scored just four goals in their last eight matches away from home.
  • The Reds have not lost both games to a promoted team in the same season since 2010-11, when Blackpool beat them home and away 2-1.
  • The reverse fixture saw Liverpool suffer their biggest defeat against a newly-promoted side since November 1993 (Newcastle 3-0 Liverpool).
  • Watford’s 3-0 win was their biggest ever victory over Liverpool.
  • Watford’s only win in any competition at Anfield came in August 1999, in which Tommy Mooney scored the only goal of a Premier League clash (D1 L9).
  • By scoring last weekend, Troy Deeney became only the second Watford player to score 10+ Premier League goals (11), after Odion Ighalo managed it earlier this campaign (14).
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last eight Premier League appearances for Liverpool (six goals in total).
  • The Hornets have scored just 12 Premier League goals in 2016, a joint-league-low with Aston Villa.
  • Liverpool have used a joint-league-high 33 players in the top-flight this season (level with Manchester United).

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