Michael Owen states his prediction for Watford v Liverpool
The former Liverpool striker is backing the Reds to ease to a straightforward victory over Watford on Saturday afternoon
Michael Owen is backing Mohamed Salah to impress in a comfortable Liverpool win at Watford on Saturday.
The Egypt international is in line to make his first Premier League appearance for his new club Liverpool after becoming the club’s most-expensive player last month.
The Reds signed former Chelsea winger Salah in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2017-18 season.
Liverpool were 6-1 winners against the Hornet at Anfield last season before Emre Can scored a wonder goal in a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road back in May to help secure a top-four finish.
Watford appointed former Hull City boss Marco Silva as their new manager in the summer after Walter Mazzarri left the London side after one season in charge.
Former Liverpool striker Owen can’t see past a Liverpool win in their opening game of the new Premier League campaign.
“Jurgen Klopp suffered his heaviest ever defeat as Liverpool boss at Vicarage Road – 3-0 in December 2015 – but since that time the Reds have put nine past the Hornets in three league games and I expect that trend to continue in Saturday’s early kick-off,” Owen told BetVictor.
“Mo Salah has already shown enough in pre-season to suggest that he will be one of the signings of the summer, and I think new Watford boss Marco Silva is in for an uncomfortable afternoon in his first competitive game in charge at Vicarage Road.”
Liverpool have signed Salah, Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson in the summer transfer window so far.
The Reds are currently fending off interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in their prized asset Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian is a doubt for their Premier League opener due to a back problem.