With six goals in three games against them so far, Watford is to Mohamed Salah as Norwich was to Luis Suiarez back when the Barcelona frontman was plying his trade at Anfield. That bodes well for Liverpool ahead of Wednesday’s league match.
Watford, though, are just as aware of that track record as Liverpool and their fans will be, and manager Javi Garcia will be making figuring out a gameplan to stop him a priority for his side as they look to keep themselves in the fight to qualify for Europe.
“I remember in the last game we played against him he scored a lot of goals,” Gracia told reporters. “We must try to do our job better because we need to keep a very good level to compete and have the option of getting some points.
“I try to learn from all the games, of course. Every game is different, the seasons are different and the players have different moments, but we have analysed the last games against them, this season and last season, and we will try to do better.”
With the help of Salah’s goals, Liverpool recorded a 3-0 victory at Vicarage Road earlier this season. Last year saw them win 5-0 in their game at Anfield but only manage a 3-3 draw in the opening game of the season away to Watford.
Now, if they don’t earn a point on Wednesday, it would mark a fifth consecutive defeat at Anfield. On paper, it all adds up to a situation where the odds are heavily in the Reds’ favour. Garcia, though, isn’t going to just give up and let Liverpool have the points.
“When I play one game, I always want the three points,” he insisted. “I never say before the game that I am happy with just one.”