How Liverpool should line up against Watford – why Jurgen Klopp should start Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The countdown to Liverpool winning their first ever Premier League title is in full swing with the Reds needing just four more victories to be confirmed as champions.

They were made to work for their last triumph though, as West Ham gave them a huge fright on Monday night but they came from behind to scrape to a 3-2 win.

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Liverpool were fortunate to get the three points against West Ham
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Jurgen Klopp’s men are 22 points clear at the top of the table, and can go 25 clear this weekend as second-placed Manchester City are playing in the Carabao Cup final.

Standing in Liverpool’s way on Saturday is a Watford side who may be fighting relegation but gave the leaders a lot to think about when the two sides met in the reverse fixture at Anfield in December.

Liverpool ran out 2-0 winners but Nigel Pearson’s side were guilty of missing many opportunities in the game.

So Liverpool will be mindful of the Hornets, especially now that they are edging closer to Arsenal’s record unbeaten run of 49 – the Reds are currently on 44.


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Liverpool laboured to a 2-0 win over Watford when the two sides last met
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They’ll be without club captain Jordan Henderson, who is still out with a hamstring injury sustained against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Klopp has a good selection of players to choose from though, with James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri the only other injury doubts.

Below you can see how Liverpool should line up for their trip top Vicarage Road, according to talkSPORT.com.

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This is the team we think Klopp should select

Liverpool may have an FA Cup clash against Chelsea coming up next week but the Premier League has been a priority all season so we think Klopp should pick as strong a team as possible.

They were worried by West Ham a couple of times but the back line of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson are a potent force.

Henderson’s absence was felt against the Hammers so a change in midfield is the way to go.

Naby Keita was unable to take his chance on Monday and was substituted when West Ham went 2-1 up for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who changed the dynamic of the game as Liverpool clawed their way back into it before going on to win.

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Will Klopp start Oxlade-Chamberlain this time?
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We believe the England international should be given his chance from the start this time.

Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum have not been at their best since the return from the winter break but are still Liverpool’s best midfield options that Klopp currently has to choose from.

And up top it’s the usual of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

Salah and Mane both scored against West Ham and the deadly trio are a constant threat who will give Watford plenty to think about throughout.


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