Caoimhin Kelleher starts in goal for Liverpool’s Premier League clash at Watford.
The Ireland ‘keeper replaces Alisson Becker between the sticks at Vicarage Road as the Reds make four changes from the draw with Manchester City last time out.
Trent Alexander-Arnold returns in defence while there are also starts for Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Keita, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Konate, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Jota, Tsimikas, Origi, Williams.
Don't miss the chance to meet Liverpool FC's official mascot, Mighty Red, during his special Halloween appearances on the LFC Stadium Tour at Anfield on Wednesday October 27.
Mighty Red’s appearances will take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm, with ghoulish games, spooky surprises and the opportunity to have a photo with him.
Halloween fancy dress is encouraged as Mighty Red will be giving away an LFC Membership Pack to his favourite entry on the day.
During the Stadium Tour, young fans will enjoy epic views of the pitch and city landscape from the top level of the Main Stand, see where their heroes prepare for the big game in the home team dressing room, practise their interview technique in the press room, walk down the players’ tunnel and much more.
The visit also includes the club’s museum, The Liverpool FC Story, and its latest exhibition, The Boom Room: The Story of Jürgen Klopp’s Dream Team. This unique display tells the success story of the 2019-20 season and is a must-see for all Reds.
Appearances will take place at 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday October 27 on any LFC Stadium Tour booked on this day. Book here.
If you cannot join us this Halloween, Mighty Red will be back at Anfield for more appearances on Saturday November 13 and Sunday December 5.
How to book
Spaces are strictly limited and must be pre-booked to help us manage social distancing and to keep it fun and safe for all visitors.
If you need further assistance or have any other questions, please call us on 0151 260 6677 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Please note, Mighty Red appearances are not available for The Anfield Origins Tour, The LFC Story (museum only) or The UEFA Stadium Tour.
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The general consensus is that, at present, Salah is performing as the best player in the world.
So far this term, the Egyptian has netted nine times in nine appearances, finding the back of the net in eight of those – against Norwich, Chelsea, Leeds, Crystal Palace, Brentford, Man City, AC Milan and twice at Porto.
Drogba is the current record-holder, having struck 104 times in 254 top-flight games, but Salah is close to eclipsing the former Chelsea striker with his current tally being 103 in just 165 outings.
Sadio Mane (99) sits third in the list, with Emmanuel Adebayor (97) and Yakubu (95) making up the rest of the top five.
It would be a fitting occasion for Salah given Watford were the opposition on the 29-year-old’s Liverpool debut, opening his account with the Reds’ third goal that day at Vicarage Road.
That includes a hat-trick in the 5-0 victory at Anfield in 2018, with Salah the sole player in the club’s history to net a treble against Watford.
There is no doubt the No. 11 will eventually surpass Drogba’s feat, and it would serve as another remarkable feather in his cap as he shatters record after record at Liverpool.
Turnbull has just completed the 170-mile trip down from Sunderland, where he works as a school caretaker. He has been given permission by the headteacher to take today off because, in less than half an hour, he will be meeting Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson as part of BT Sport’s Reunited series in partnership with The Athletic.
The pair have met before multiple times. But even so, Turnbull is anxious the Premier League and European Cup-winning Anfield skipper and 67-cap England international will fail to recognise him. It is more than 20 years since he coached Henderson, now 31, for Fulwell Juniors Under-10s team and they last saw one another around 15 years ago.
It is a lot different for Ian Barrigan, who does not have the same concerns when preparing to surprise Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool academy scout is the man fabled for discovering Alexander-Arnold who first played for an under-sevens team, Country Park, at the age of six. The two families have remained close ever since and that’s why when Barrigan calmly walks onto the astroturf pitch, the 23-year-old Liverpool and England full-back immediately berates him.
“I can’t believe you keep sneaking into these shoots, you know!” Alexander-Arnold says, looking round as Barrigan and Turnbull approach. “He loves seeing himself on telly, don’t yer.”
Meanwhile, Turnbull is eager to find out if Henderson does indeed recognise him.
Fancy a punt this weekend? Our tipster Jones Knows is in red hot form and is advising his followers to back a 14/1 treble this weekend.How did we do last time?
After winners at 12/1, 7/1 and 6/1 the week before, there was an inevitability about the advised 14/1 treble on the last round of fixtures falling flat on its face just as a swarm of new followers jumped on the winning bandwagon.
Michael Keane got it off to an exciting start when doing the business against Manchester United to fire a shot at goal. However, we missed the bullseye when Wolves' Hwang Hee-chan found a hot streak in front of goal to send our Newcastle double chance selection firmly down the toilet. Eventually, Arsenal failed to win at Brighton - and were actually very lucky to draw - so it would have only been heartbreak hotel syndrome on the final leg if we had got there.
Let's hope this isn't the start of a dry spell for the column as the greedy guts inside of me wants to take us towards the +100 points of profit. Am I wildly delusional or a dangerous punter packed full of confidence? Only time will tell. We've got three bets and three points to stake out this weekend.
Read on here for my main bets this weekend...
P+L = +42Image: Read Jones Knows' Premier League predictions on Sky Sports 1pt on Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to all fail to win this weekend (14/1 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)
This Premier League gameweek certainly gave me headaches when trying to find angles for most of the match result markets which suggests this could be a bookmaker-friendly week in terms of results. I'm hoping to preempt that by taking on three of the big-wigs to fail to win.
Liverpool have only won two of their last six 12.30pm Saturday kick-offs. That may not sound too catastrophic, but all those fixtures came against teams that Liverpool were heavy favourites to beat.
In that run, they drew with Everton, Newcastle and Brighton while losing 3-1 at Leicester City. Throw in the likely absence of Alisson in goal due to his international commitments with Brazil - they have suffered shock defeats to Aston Villa (7-2) and Brighton (1-0) when he's been missing before - then, at the odds available, the 5/2 about Watford winning or drawing the game seem very reasonable.
I still don't want to back Manchester United, who are favourites for the win at Leicester at 21/20 with Sky Bet. They undoubtedly have the attacking firepower to take the game away from their hosts at any point but go into battle here with a weakened defence as Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are both missing. That will give Leicester plenty of hope. They can get a result at home.
A look at the match prices for Chelsea's visit to Brentford certainly brings forward the argument that the Bees are still being underestimated by the markets. You can almost get 11/2 with Sky Bet for a home win and 5/2 for the Bees to avoid defeat - it's a real tempter for a team that has only lost one of their last 19 league games across two seasons. And that defeat was a last-minute winner for Brighton in a game where there was nothing between the teams. Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham have all been buzzed by Brentford - now it could be Chelsea's turn.Saturday 16th October 5:00pm Kick off 5:30pm 1pt on Mateusz Klich to score first for Leeds vs Southampton (14/1 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)
With Patrick Bamford still missing for Leeds, there is juice to be had in Mateusz Klich's price to score. One of the more underrated players in the Leeds team for a goal, Klich is given a huge amount of licence to drive into the box. Klich has had 19 touches in the opposition box in his last three matches and has posted an expected goal figure of 0.69 from his nine shots on goal. I'd recommend taking the 10/1 with Sky Bet for him to score the first goal with the added bonus that he's likely to be on penalties in the absence of Bamford.Image: Mateusz Klich equalises for Leeds as Michael Keane looks on 1pt on Aston Villa to have six or more corners vs Wolves, both teams to score in Brentford vs Chelsea and Kurt Zouma to have one or more shots vs Everton (7/1 with Sky Bet - Bet Here!)
Since switching to a back three and encouraging their wing-backs in Matt Targett and Matty Cash to play more aggressively, Aston Villa's corner count is seeing a sharp increase. In their last four fixtures against tough opponents like Tottenham, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea, they have averaged 7.25 corners per 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, Chelsea's defensive process remains strong but certainly it's not at the levels of last season. They are offering up good chances to the opposition and Brentford look good value to find the net. A figure of 1.45 expected goals conceded per 90 minutes in their last eight fixtures showcases that, albeit it's included matches against Liverpool and Manchester City.
In fact, Chelsea have the biggest difference between goals conceded (3) and expected goals against (8.6) in the Premier League after the opening seven games - at 5.6. Perhaps this Chelsea defence isn't as watertight as the actual numbers suggest? That makes the possibility of Brentford scoring in this game more likely than the odds on offer. Get on the both-teams-to-score train - it's best bet of the weekend material.
And finally, there is absolutely no way I can let Kurt Zouma - arguably the most dangerous attacker of a set piece in the Premier League - go off odds-against to have a shot on goal vs Everton.
The Reds are back after the two-week international break, with their thrilling 2-2 draw with Man City now a distant memory.
Up next for Jurgen Klopp‘s side is the weekend trip to Vicarage Road – the venue of their shock 3-0 defeat in the title-winning season.
Here are 10 things to know ahead of Saturday’s match.1. Watford have made a solid start
The Hornets haven’t set the world alight since their return, sitting 15th in the table, but two wins and a draw from seven matches is a respectable return.
They are already six points clear of bottom-placed Norwich and their performances suggest relegation could be avoided this time around.
Plus, there’s a new manager in town…2. Ranieri takes charge
Xisco became Watford‘s latest managerial casualty earlier this month, losing his job after just 10 months in charge at Vicarage Road.
Replacing him is Claudio Ranieri, who famously inspired Leicester to the most unlikely title win in English football history back in 2015/16.
At 69, the Italian may arguably be past his best as a manager, but he is a likeable individual whose man-management skills have shone through in the past.
Avoiding a new manager ‘bounce’ has to be a primary aim for Liverpool this weekend.3. Liverpool without key trio
The Brazilian duo are out of Saturday’s game because of representing their country against Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning.
Harvey Elliott is a long-term absentee.4. How Reds could line up
The former has recovered from the groin problem that kept him out against Porto and Man City, acting as a huge boost for Liverpool.
Roberto Firmino is an option, should Klopp prefer him to Jota – a 4-2-3-1 isn’t out of the question, too – but the Portuguese appears to be first choice these days.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Mane, Jota5. Unhappy Klopp
Speaking in Friday’s press conference, Klopp made it clear how perturbed he was with the FA for allowing Jones to play earlier in the week:
“When we talk about federations, Curtis Jones came back injured from the U21s. So, great. That’s not OK as well.
“It’s really difficult to get proper contact even with the English federation, because they just do what they want. He didn’t train, was not involved in the first game, they didn’t do a scan.
“Then he played a few minutes in the second game, very important that he played there (sarcasm). Came back, slight injury, not available for tomorrow.”
Frankly, it is ludicrous that Jones was brought on against international minnows Andorra, and it further highlights why so many football fans have no time for international breaks.6. A big miss
Jones will be a loss on Saturday, as while he may be known for his technical expertise, he has impressed in a more refined midfield role.
Incredibly, the 20-year-old has covered more ground per 90 minutes than any other Premier League player this season (11.35km).
Meanwhile, Milner (11.25km) is in second place – remarkable, given his age.
Jones is doing exactly what Klopp asks of him, rather than playing his natural game and earning the plaudits, as was the case during his youth team days.
Here’s hoping he is back as soon as possible.7. Iffy Vicarage Road record
Everyone remembers Liverpool’s 3-0 defeat to Watford back in 2019/20, ending their long unbeaten run, but they have struggled at Vicarage Road in general.
The Reds have only won twice there in their last five visits, one of which was an undeserved 1-0 victory in 2016/17, thanks to Emre Can stunning overhead kick.
The other was a 3-0 triumph in 2018/19, with Alexander-Arnold firing home a trademark free-kick, but it has been a tough place to visit.
A 3-0 loss in Klopp’s early months at Anfield led to some concern, while a 3-3 draw on the opening weekend of 2017/18 saw the Reds’ defence all at sea.8. Did you know?
The general consensus is that Mohamed Salah is the world’s best player on current form – it’s hard to disagree.
Liverpool’s superstar No. 11 has been in unplayable form of late and one statistic sums up how good he has been this season.
Salah has made nine appearances in all competitions in 2020/21, and incredibly, he has only failed to score in one of those matches.
Jon Moss takes charge of proceedings at Vicarage Road – it’s fair to say he isn’t the most popular official in the game.
On the plus side, Liverpool won all three matches he took charge of last season, which bodes well.
No dodgy calls on Saturday please, Jon.10. Reds live on the telly
Saturday’s match is live on BT Sport 1 from 11.30am (BST), with kickoff at 12.30pm.
Our matchday live blog will be running from 11.45am, with Henry Jackson tasked with guiding you through the action.
There will be a combination of interesting pre-match content and nervous minute-by-minute updates to look forward to!
Firmino could make his 250th Reds start in all competitions today. He needs two goals to record 50 for Liverpool away from Anfield in all competitions.
Liverpool’s No. 9 has found the net five times in nine encounters with today’s opponents.
Forty-eight goals have been scored in the last 14 league encounters between Liverpool and Watford, with the Reds netting 35 and the Hornets 13.
There have been no goalless draws in all league meetings, with all 26 coming in the top flight.
Liverpool scored 27 goals in the last nine meetings home and away, conceding seven in that time, with six coming in two games.Caoimhin’s challenge
Liverpool have kept 10 clean sheets in the last 14 meetings with the Hornets in league and cup and have kept five in the last seven league clashes – conceding three goals in each of the other two.
They have conceded three goals in three of their last five league visits.An all-time record
The Reds could become the first top-flight club in history to score three or more goals in seven successive away games in all competitions.
They are the only team to do so in six, having now equalled their own record set in 2017.Vicarage Road
Watford have won 19 of their last 23 league games at home, picking up 59 points from a possible 69 at Vicarage Road, winning all of their last nine home games.
The loss to Wolves is the only instance of them not scoring at home in the league in 2021, having last failed to do so against Cardiff on December 5.Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri is Watford’s 18th permanent managerial appointment in the last 13 years and he is the fourth in this decade alone.
He is now the Premier League’s oldest current manager and will celebrate his 70th birthday on October 20.
This is his 20th job as a manager, including a spell as the Greece coach in 2014.
He was Fabinho’s coach during their time at Monaco.
Watford: Sarr 4, Dennis 2, Fletcher 2, Hernandez 1
Liverpool: Salah 9, Mane 5, Firmino 3, Jota 3, Minamino 2, Fabinho 1, Henderson 1, Jones 1, Keita 1, Origi 1, own goals 1
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea (@ged0407).
Liverpool are linked with two excellent internationals today and we’ve got all the build-up to Watford too.Barella, Raphinha or both?!
How about an entirely new midfield, why not?!
Today it’s talks again over supposed Raphinha interest – but it’s rather more concrete this time as it comes from the Leeds man’s agent, Deco.
We made enquiries, he says, but there was never anything concrete as Leeds were determined to keep him another season.
Meanwhile, in Italy the talk is over the Reds’ “interest” in Nicolo Barella – but it rather reads as if this is just a bargaining tool over an improved contract for him at Inter Milan.
We were linked in the summer and our wish to sign him is ongoing. Apparently.All about Watford
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No footy tonight, just get ready for the Reds again!
Mohamed Salah will set record personal scoring streaks for Liverpool if he finds the net in Saturday's Premier League clash with Watford.
The No.11, who could make his 200th start for the club in all competitions, has struck in each of the last five league matches and his past seven games overall for the Reds.
Never before has he scored in six or eight in a row respectively.
Read on for more pre-match facts and figures ahead of the 12.30pm BST kick-off versus Claudio Ranieri’s side…
Liverpool have won 12 of the last 15 meetings home and away in all competitions, and 15 of the last 19.
The two sides have yet to play out a goalless draw in league football, having met on 26 previous occasions in the top flight.
The Reds are aiming to record their 800th away league win in history.
Salah is the only Liverpool player ever to have scored a hat-trick against Watford, hitting four goals during a 5-0 victory at Anfield in March 2018.
The Egyptian could become only the fourth man in Reds history to score in each of the club’s opening four away games of a league season. He would emulate Sam Raybould (the first five of 1902-03), John Aldridge (1987-88) and Daniel Sturridge (2013-14).
Sadio Mane’s next Premier League goal will be the 100th of his career.
Roberto Firmino could make his 250th start for the Reds in all competitions.
Jürgen Klopp’s side are on the longest run without a league defeat – 17 matches (12 wins, five draws) – in England’s top four divisions.
Saturday’s clash is the first time Liverpool have faced a team whose manager is taking charge of them for the first time since December 2019 – when Nigel Pearson was in the Watford dugout.
In 14 previous games against the Reds as a manager – with Valencia, Chelsea and Leicester City – Ranieri has won five, lost six and drawn three.
Jürgen Klopp must make at least three changes to his starting XI when Liverpool resume Premier League action at Watford on Saturday.
The Reds will be without Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Curtis Jones for the lunchtime kick-off at Vicarage Road.
Having been part of the Brazil squad that faced Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning, Alisson and Fabinho are not returning to the UK for the match but instead travelling directly to Spain ahead of next week’s Champions League clash with Atletico Madrid.
“We’ve known it for a while, we made our decision a while ago,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“We had to sort quarantine issues and all these kind of things, so the decision we made is the boys will not be here – they will go directly to Madrid, wait there for us and then hopefully be able to play against Atletico.
“They will come back slightly later than us, 10 days [is] over then and then they can come back and are in our normal procedure again and that’s it.”
Jones, meanwhile, is unavailable to face Watford having picked up an injury on international duty for England U21s. Thiago Alcantara also remains sidelined with a calf issue.
Klopp is boosted by the return of Trent Alexander-Arnold, however – the full-back is fit and ready to feature after missing Liverpool’s previous two fixtures.
Diogo Jota, who did not participate in Portugal’s two matches during the international period, is also in contention for the Reds versus the Hornets.
Claudio Ranieri will select his first Watford line-up this weekend after being appointed the club’s new manager during the international break.
The hosts are assessing Joshua King’s availability for the game. The striker sustained a minor knee ligament issue against Leeds United last time out but has returned to training this week.
Christian Kabasele and Francisco Sierralta both picked up hamstring injuries in that game at Elland Road and are not set to be involved for the visit of the Reds as they continue rehabilitation.
Nicolas Nkoulou, who joined Watford on a free transfer last week, is not yet in contention, confirmed Ranieri.
“We play against one of the best teams in the world. That’s OK,” said the new boss. “We are ready, I am ready and also my team is ready. It will be a battle, and we will battle.”
Leeds United 1-0 Watford (October 2): Foster, Femenia, Troost-Ekong, Sierralta, Rose, Sissoko, Kucka, Sarr, Tufan, Dennis, King.
Liverpool 2-2 Manchester City (October 3): Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Jones, Mane, Salah, Jota.