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Troy Deeney vs Martin Skrtel: And Other Key Battles That Will Decide Liverpool’s Game Against Watford



After a thumping victory over Villarreal which took Liverpool to a European final after nine long years, Reds face a stern test against Watford tomorrow. The mood in the whole city is glorious and the Klopp era can be said has started. No one would have thought that within eight months of Jurgen Klopp’s tenure, Liverpool have reached two finals with this squad who had struggled a lot in the opening months of the season. The stadium has been a cauldron and have truly acted as the 12th men whenever Klopp has asserted for the famous atmosphere.

Along with their European exploits, Reds will try to finish as high in the league as possible. Watford are in good form after winning their last match and Under Flores’ management. Etienne Capoue and Valon Behrami remain the notable absentees. The duo of Deeney and Ighalo will look to continue their good form against the Liverpool defense. Except Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi all the players are ready to be selected for the playing eleven. The last game between the sides ended in a dreadful loss for Klopp’s men and Liverpool will be out to take a revenge against Watford. So let’s take a look at the three battles that will decide the outcome of the game:

1. Troy Deeney vs Martin Skrtel:

The regular centre backs, Lovren and Toure will be given a rest after the heroics in the semis. So Lucas and Skrtel have to keep the dangerous pair of Deeney and Ighalo. Lucas is not a regular center back and it will be a test for the Brazilian to keep the Watford captain in check.

2. Kevin Stewart vs Ben Watson:

The youngster has been playing in the league games and had some decent outings. He will be up against Ben Watson, who has been a crucial player for Watford’s impressive season. Stewart will need to improve his positioning and play with confidence if he wants a place regularly in the first team squad.

3. Craig Cathcart vs Christian Benteke:

After a goal in the semis, Sturridge will be rested for the Chelsea game in the midweek and Benteke will get the much needed start to impress the manager ahead of the new season. Cathcart has been solid for the hornets and will provide a tough game for the Belgian forward. Benteke needs goals and that is possible if he makes full use of the opportunities presented.