Klopp urges Liverpool to take pride in battle
the season and we are in the battle. So what else do we want?
“Yes, it would be nice if we had 10 points more and fight with Chelsea for the title, but that’s not for us obviously in this moment.
Liverpool saw a seven-game unbeaten run ended by an unexpected 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace last weekend.
Klopp hopes to be able to call upon England pair Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge, both of whom resumed training with the first team on Friday.
Midfielder Lallana has been out for over a month with a groin injury, while striker Sturridge sat out the loss to Palace due to a sore hip.
Captain Jordan Henderson remains sidelined with an ongoing foot issue, along with Sadio Mane, Ragnar Klavan and Danny Ings.
“Adam is back in team training for the first time, which is very, very good news,” Klopp said.
“Hendo is not on the pitch so far and there’s nothing new to say about (him). Daniel is in team training again, too, and that’s good.”
Liverpool last won at Watford in January 2007, having been condemned to a 3-0 defeat on their most recent trip to Vicarage Road in December 2015.
Watford slipped to a 2-0 defeat at struggling Hull City last time out, but they have won their last three home games and have lost only one of their last seven matches on home turf.
Watford sit 10th in the table and have reached the 40-point mark that is traditionally synonymous with survival.
But head coach Walter Mazzarri says his side should be motivated by a desire to avenge their one-sided 6-1 defeat at Anfield in November, in which Liverpool went 5-0 up inside an hour.
“Liverpool will be angry after losing at home (to Palace), but I hope my players will be more angry as we lost at Hull and conceded six goals at Anfield,” said the Italian.
Watford centre-back Craig Cathcart is doubtful due to a knee injury, while Valon Behrami is being monitored following a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem. AFP