Liverpool vs Watford: Nigel Pearson out to avoid Anfield thrashing which would earn Hornets embarrassing record

Watford could be on the wrong end of an embarrassing record if they are thrashed by Liverpool this weekend… again.

The Reds host the Premier League’s bottom club on Saturday – and you can listen to the full match exclusively LIVE on talkSPORT!

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Watford will hope to keep Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah quiet this weekend – can they do it?
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Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed thoroughly themselves against the Hornets in the past, and they are being backed to run riot again.

Watford’s last three Premier League visits to Anfield have resulted in 6-1, 5-0 and 5-0 losses.

No side has ever won four consecutive home games by a margin of 5+ goals against an opponent in top-flight history – but Liverpool can achieve that this weekend.

Flipping that statistic around, it means Watford can become the first team to lose four successive away matches to the same team by 5+ goals.

Liverpool, who are unbeaten with 15 wins out of 16 league games this season, will fancy their chances against a leaky Watford defence.

Only Southampton (35) and Norwich (34) have conceded more league goals than the Hornets (30) so far this term.

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There is a chance Liverpool boss Klopp – who on Friday signed a new contract until 2024 – could rest some of his first-team stars with the Reds’ FIFA Club World Cup semi-final taking place in Qatar on Wednesday.

Nonetheless, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be hoping to start in their attempts to close the gap on leading scorer Jamie Vardy for the Premier League Golden Boot.

Vardy has netted a whopping 16 goals in as many games, while Mane trails with nine and Salah is on seven.

The Liverpool duo and Roberto Firmino have superb scoring records against Watford, too.

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Nigel Pearson will take charge of his first Watford game at Anfield
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When facing the Hornets, Mane has been involved in eight goals in five games (5 goals, 3 assists), Salah has seven goal involvements in four games (6 goals, 1 assist), while Firmino has been involved in eight in his last six (5 goals, 3 assists).

Nigel Pearson is Watford’s third manager of the season and has been tasked with preserving their top-flight status.

The 56-year-old masterminded Leicester’s 2014/15 Premier League survival when they were bottom and seven points from safety with nine games to go.

Despite failed spells with Derby and Belgian second tier club OH Leuven since, Pearson could rebuild his managerial career with Watford, starting in his first game at Anfield.

Watford are likely to set up to frustrate Liverpool, who will have to rely on Mane and co to break them down.

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