Festive period in need of a good start for the Reds


Mizgan Ahmed on 18th December, 2015

With hectic Christmas and New Year schedule around the corner, Liverpool need a good start to it when they meet Watford at Vicarage Road on Sunday.

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Jurgen Klopp would still be wondering how is he still in work come the end of December, but that’s English Football for you, infact festive period is the most crucial part of every season here and teams have more points to play for in these 12-13 days as that in normal.

A tricky trip to Watford awaits for Liverpool on Sunday and the Reds will need a good result ahead of their reasonable Boxing day (not exactly reasonable because of Leicester’s current form) and New Year’s eve games. Watford have been in good form lately and are a point ahead of Liverpool, so Klopp’s men will have to play well in order to get three points out of the Vicarage Road.

Klopp opts for a 4-3-3 narrow formation and that should be the case for the coming games too, Flores opts for slightly wider 4-2-3-1 with Ighalo as his target man play.

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These are expected line-ups for both the teams.

Latest injury to Milner means Klopp has Lucas, Can and Henderson as the only midfield trio option, front three should feature Coutinho and Firmino/Lallana with Benteke/Origi leading the line-up, Sturridge still not fit enough for bench appearance.

Can, Lucas , Lallana and Coutinho have been key players when Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager comes into mind, their vigorous closing down and pinging oppositions in their own half being chiefly important. Henderson’s inclusion just adds that extra energy and depth in the midfield department which is very very crucial in Klopp’s style of play.

Watford likes to play using fullbacks as their overlap options and wingers drifting wide with occasional cutting inside, Liverpool play a narrow formation with pressing in numbers to close down opponents in their own half. The Hornets opt to sit back and play on the counters from wider areas or play out directly using Ighalo as their target man.

We have seen so far that the Reds have struggled when it comes to breaching deeper defenses, they have lacked extra depth in their creativity and preciseness in the final third of the pitch. Klopp will have to tweak a bit in order to solve this problem and get Benteke in the game as much as he can because their near future opponents consists of defenses that like to sit deep. The other major problem is set-piece defending, Reds have been awful in dead-ball defending situations, Mignolet has been in the limelight for not commanding the box and making obnoxious decisions in corners and free-kicks.

So, many things to look forward for Klopp and Liverpool as they travel London to play Watford. A much-nourishing  performance would be a catalyst for upcoming hectic schedule. Certain issues needs to be solved as top four is still up for grabs but more flat performances will make that a far away dream very quickly.

In all fairness, it should be a good game, Watford at home have been good, they’ll surely test Liverpool to their limits, we can say its a clash of two teams who so far have been inconsistent in their league games until now. A goal-filled clash is expected at the Vicarage Road.

 

 

 

 

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