Jurgen Klopp has praised Nigel Pearson’s impact at Watford and believes the struggling side are now a “constant threat”.
Liverpool travel to face the relegation-threatened Hornets at Vicarage Road on Saturday evening, the Premier League leaders seeking three points with the club now just four wins from securing a first league title in 30 years.
Klopp’s side will come up against a Watford side currently sitting in the bottom three, who are without a win in their previous five league fixtures following an initial resurgence immediately after Pearson’s appointment in December.
The former Leicester City manager brought his new side on a six-game unbeaten run following their defeat at Anfield in the reverse fixture between the two sides, and Klopp is wary of the threat posed by this weekend’s “organised” opponents.
“He is doing an exceptional job, really. When he started you could see immediately the impact he had.
“Over the last four games they have had a results crisis, but not a performance crisis. They are still playing well. They are organised, have a clear plan, are aggressive and carry a constant threat.
“I always thought, even when my team was not the quality of other teams, that they had a massive chance and that’s the same here as well (with Watford).
“So we have to be 100% ready for these fights and that is what I love most about my boys – they are ready to fight.
“When it’s not clicking they don’t lose desire, it is the other way. It will be tough and very physical – they’ll show how much it means for them, we have to make sure we show what it means for us.”
Liverpool will once again be without injured trio Jordan Henderson, Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner, though Klopp confirmed the latter could be in contention for the trip to face Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Tuesday night following the veteran’s return to training.
“All are coming much closer (to playing), Hendo is running, Millie is running. We will see what we can do with James Milner for Tuesday. Hendo and Shaq not yet.”