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Watford vs Liverpool: Match Preview

Captain Jordan Henderson will re-join the Liverpool squad to face Watford as Adam Lallana misses another game due to injury.

Henderson recovered from a knock to his thigh shortly before the international break but avoided playing in the Nation’s League as a precaution.

Jurgen Klopp said Henderson is finally “ready to play”, suggesting the Englishman could feature against Watford.

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With a crucial CL match against PSG on the horizon, Klopp might mix things up and avoid playing a full-strength side.

This opens the door for Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri to start the game, allowing any one of the usual front-three to rest up in preparation.

Team news

Liverpool (DDWWDW)

Henderson’s return to fitness will be a much welcome midfield option, especially with Lallana out with another injury.

Klopp said the 30-year-old sustained a knock in training and will be forced to watch from the sidelines.

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Watford (LLWWLD)

The South-English side made an impressive start to the season and currently sit in seventh place behind Bournemouth.

Manager Javi Garcia has been a revelation since joining the Hornets earlier in the year. His philosophy and tactics have them seriously competing for a Europa League spot.

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Midfielder Etienne Capoue is expected to return to the side after a suspension, while defender Sebastian Prodl could feature as well. Prodl has been trying to regain fitness after a leg injury.

Captain Troy Deeney is also tipped to start for the first time since early October.

Prediction

Liverpool managed to survive the international break without too many players getting injured.

With one eye on the PSG-tie midweek, the Reds could field a lineup that omits either Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino.

Lineup: Alisson; TAA, Gomez, VVD, Roberston; Milner, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Mane, Sturridge, Salah

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