The leaders travel to Watford needing just four more wins to clinch the title. Liverpool are 22 points clear of Manchester City after beating West Ham United 3-2 on Monday, with Mohamed Salah on the scoresheet. The Reds, however, have tailed off slightly since returning from the winter break, although they have still managed to win each of their two league games in this period.
Watford have endured a nightmarish season, having already sacked two different managers. The start to life under Nigel Pearson was fantastic, but the Hornets have faced the brutal reality in recent weeks, having failed to win each of their last five matches. The reverse fixture, played back in December last year, saw Liverpool beat a resilient Watford 2-0, in what was the Hornets’ first game under Pearson.
Here are 3 things to look forward to as Watford host Liverpool…..
3. Chance to make history beckons the Reds
The Reds have remarkably won 35 of their last 36 top-flight outings, including 26 of 27 this season, to build an unprecedented 22-point lead at the top of the table. Victory against Watford would be Liverpool’s 19th in a row in the Premier League, surpassing the record of 18 held by Manchester City from the 2017-18 campaign.
Liverpool could also set a new club record of nine successive league victories away from home having not dropped a single point on the road since October 20. Incidentally, another win would take the champions-elect up to 82 points with 10 games remaining – a tally that would have seen them win the title in seven Premier League campaigns of the recent past.
The Reds could also make it 45 games unbeaten to close in on Arsenal‘s all-time English top-flight record of 49.
2. Relegation threat to boost Watford?
Watford are only behind West Ham on goal difference, but are six points ahead of bottom of the table Norwich. They are one point off safety, meaning every game and every potential result is of great value. Watford haven’t won in five Premier League games, and on top of that were knocked out of the FA Cup by Liverpool’s Merseyside neighbours, Tranmere Rovers.
The Everton defeat, which came in their most recent home game, was particularly galling as Watford failed to win a Premier League match at Vicarage Road after being two goals ahead for the first time, conceding twice in first-half stoppage time and then again in second-half stoppage time.
The Hornets are the joint-lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and come up against the league’s best defence, which has kept 10 clean sheets in their last 12 top-flight matches.
1. Can Liverpool do the treble?
Liverpool are 16 points clear at the Premier League summit with a game in hand over their distant chasers, and it’s safe to say that the coveted Premier League trophy is theirs, even if Jurgen Klopp refuses to get ahead of himself. But along with the league, the Reds are also in contention to defend their Champions League crown and lift the FA Cup this season.
With such a commanding lead the challenge will be to ensure that the players do not get distracted by other factors in their treble bid, particularly with an FA Cup clash away to Chelsea coming up and the must-win second leg against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League looming next month.
If they get past Atletico, the title could be won by the time Liverpool have to worry about the Champions League quarter-finals. And the path towards Premier League glory has been laid out – all they need do now is strut along it.
3 Things to Look Forward to as Watford Host League Leaders Liverpool in the Premier League.