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The ongoing Philippe Coutinho saga looks set to overshadow Liverpool’s 2017/18 Premier League opener at Watford.
After Neymar’s world record transfer from Barca to PSG the Catalan giants are wasting no time in finding a replacement and have targeted Philippe Coutinho as the man to fill his boots. The Reds have reportedly rejected a number of bids as Klopp stands firm and insists Couts is not for sale.
Coutinho bagged 13 Premier League goals last campaign and Klopp is determined to build a red hot strike force around the Brazilian playmaker. New signing Mohamad Salah has hit the ground running in preseason, forming a prolific relationship with Coutinho. But Liverpool fans will have to wait to see the new relationship blossom in the Premier League, Coutinho looks set to miss the match with a back strain.
Adam Lallana is another big loss for the reds alongside Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne who all have nocks.
Even without Coutinho and Lallana Liverpool should have enough fire power to see off a Watford side who leaked goals last season.
Watford they head into the 2017/18 campaign under a new manager. Marco Silva almost completed mission impossible during his short spell at Hull last season, but in the end the Tigers were relegated.
Silva has wasted no time in making his mark on a side that narrowly avoided relegation last season. The club smashed their record transfer earlier in the week completing the signing of Andre Gray from league rivals Burnley. And the striker could feature on Saturday. New arrivals Richarlison, Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah could also feature.
However, the Hornets will be without club captain Troy Deeney who is struggling with a groin injury – losing his experience could be a huge blow.
Last season Liverpool did the double over Watford and will be hoping to start their 2017/18 campaign in style by taking all three points at Vicarage Road. But with question marks over their defence we can see Watford getting on the score sheet.
We’re going for Liverpool to win and BTTS at 13/5.