As the usually underwhelming international break looms, Jurgen Klopp is looking to build on his side’s momentum with a win against Watford this Sunday.
In typical Klopp fashion, the manager turned his attention towards just how big a task his players have on their hands and how much attention Watford’s tactics required during training this week.
Memories of last December’s humiliating 3-0 loss at Vicarage Road will be on the minds of our players as we look to take on the seventh placed side.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “We need a very strong side on Sunday.”
“Watford have changed maybe more than we changed – manager, system, players too. They have conceded zero in the last three games. So that says a lot.”
“They play a different system to most of the other teams in the league. We have to respect this and work with it. We did that the whole week until now and will do it today and tomorrow. We’ll try to figure out what we have to do and let’s play football, it’s Anfield.”
“There are a lot of important things in the last game before the international break. Take a positive result, use the momentum and all that stuff.”
Watford manager Walter Mazzarri has quickly reverted to a 3-5-2 system this season, which poses as a new challenge for us in itself.
Klopp has clearly taken note of the influence this setup has had in helping our opponents keep three consecutive clean sheets and, in turn, used it as a focus as part of this week’s preparations for the game.
The use of wing-backs will put our defensive strength to the test and restrict our full-backs from joining in with the attacks as much as they usually do.
Elsewhere, the driving runs from the Watford midfielders is something that promises to challenge our ability to defend against both the counter attack and bodies around our box.
It is a game that will require every ounce of the energy, work rate and invention that Klopp has installed into our players.