Paul Merson states his prediction for Watford v Liverpool FC

The Arsenal legend is backing Liverpool FC to drop points at Watford on Saturday afternoon

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Paul Merson is backing Liverpool FC to drop valuable points at Vicarage Road on Saturday when Jurgen Klopp’s side take on Watford.

The Reds have made an encouraging start to the Premier League season to suggest a sustained title challenge could be a real possibility for Klopp’s men this season.

Liverpool FC have collected 30 points from their opening 12 games in the Premier League, only dropping points in stalemates against Arsenal, Chelsea FC and Manchester City.

Klopp’s side have eased to victories against all their opponents in the bottom six in the Premier League so far, while the Reds have made a marked improvement at the back having conceded just five times.

The Merseyside outfit have won nine of their last 11 meetings to make Liverpool FC clear favourites to beat Watford in Saturday’s clash at Vicarage Road.

However, the Reds were held to a 3-3 draw at Watford at their season opener in the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Former Arsenal star Merson is backing Watford to hold Liverpool FC to a draw in the English capital.

“Watford are a decent team – they should have beaten Newcastle, they had enough chances. And this is a hard game for Liverpool coming after the international break, while they have a big game at PSG on Wednesday,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“But let’s be honest, if you are Liverpool, you want to win the Premier League rather than the Champions League. They need to win that, so they must win here, but I just think this will be a hard game for them as Watford pick themselves up majorly for these games.

“I do not see Watford winning this, but I do see them causing Liverpool problems as they are a much better team than people think they are. They beat Tottenham at home and should have beaten Arsenal away, so they are no pushovers.”

Liverpool FC have collected 13 points from their last five games against Watford, scoring 17 times during that run.

The Hornets haven’t managed to beat Liverpool FC since a 3-0 home win in December 2015 less than two months after Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool FC are in second place and two points behind leaders Manchester City.

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