By Tom Hulme – @ScoreFootball6
This weekend the reds take on Watford, the hornets have had a great start to the season, currently sitting in seventh place in the league just two places below Manchester United.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the league and will also be looking to keep up their good performances that they’ve made thus far. On the 5-a-side pitch it’s the Liverbirds vs The hornets and here’s how they set up for another week of Liverpool vs. the rest.
Mr reliable is a word that you’d associate with Liverpool goalkeepers over the recent years, but the Brazilian No. 1 is just that. Keeping a clean sheet against Man City and taking a point from Chelsea and Arsenal away from home, he seems to be the ideal shot stopper.
Just the one in defence this week, and with Liverpool’s back line being so solid this season it’s hard to choose just one. But coming in is Joe Gomez, granted he’s not at the level of Virgil Van Dijk (yet). Joe has had an incredible start to his season and has gained two England call ups so far.
With rumours that he’ll be fit to play, Naby keita is going to have another chance to prove himself, the Guinean hasn’t exactly clicked yet in Klopp’s system, however due to injury he’s not been available for all games as I’m sure Klopp would have much preferred. Hopefully he’ll play and have a solid game this week.
Signing of the season. Does bits. Xherdan Shaqiri has been unbelievable since coming to Merseyside. I don’t think anyone would have predicted how well he would play, and now seemingly getting more regular game time we could be looking at seeing him in a more regular role?
Funny as it sounds, with the fab three being almost identical his season to this stage last season with their combined goals stats, none of them have really given a performance over a 7/10 since the PSG game. However taking that into consideration, one player who has been seemingly over looked in recent weeks, that made a great start to he season is Daniel Sturridge. He’ll be up front on the 5-a-side pitch this week and hopefully in the league we’ll get to see him again.
Ben Foster has been vital to Watford’s success so far, he’s been on fire most weeks and certainly early on in the season he helped them clinch the three points on more than one occasion. Won’t be easy to put the ball past him but hopefully he makes one or two errors and the Liverpool attack can act upon them.
Watford’s defence can be hot headed at times, and this may come back to haunt them later in the season if they pick up any suspensions. The first of two defenders in the 5-a-side team will be Daryl Janmaat, a well experienced defender who is pretty no nonsense, not a world beater but he’s a fairly solid defender to have in your team.
Alongside Janmaat will be Jose Holebas, personally I think a very underrated defender that I think would definitely get more recognition in a ‘better’ team. As far as full backs go he’s definitely in the top 10 in the league and like Janmaat he also has plenty of experience playing at the highest level.
Roberto Pereyra has got off to a flying start in the premier league this season, in the opening weeks he undoubtedly carried the side and scored hat-trick along the way. If he keeps this form up he’ll be sure to have some of the big boys after him. Perhaps that a team that need a goal scoring number 10?
Gerard Deulofeu is a player that does go unnoticed when he’s not scoring, however when he is scoring he can produce some quality stuff, I wouldn’t want to jinx anything but with Arnold not exactly starting the season as he ended the last, I can see Deulofeu having his fair share of joy down the wing.
Full time result
Liverpool 3-2. The Reds take an early lead via super Dan before conceding to a quick counter attack that sees Deulofeu fire home for the Hornets.
At Half time the scores are level until Joe Gomez come up from the back to head Liverpool in front. Another equaliser, this time from Pereyra looks to give Watford a point, but a clumsy challenge by Janmaat gives Liverpool a penalty that Shaqiri tucks away to give Liverpool the lead.