New Watford boss Claudio Ranieri will look to capitalise on Liverpool’s injury crisis when he faces the Reds in his first match in charge.
The Italian is back in the Premier League for a fourth time after stints at Chelsea, Leicester City and Fulham with the Hornets.
Former champions Liverpool will provide a tough test for Ranieri in his first outing at Vicarage Road and the clash will be exclusively live on talkSPORT.
But the 69-year-old can take hope from Jurgen Klopp’s last visit to Watford which finished in a 3-0 defeat and ended his side’s 13 month unbeaten run.
Watford team news
Ranieri has a few injury concerns from Watford’s defeat to Leeds United before he was hired as he picks his first eleven in charge.
Joshua King is still set for another week in the treatment room, with Francisco Sierralta a little further away after the game at Elland Road.
The pair were both withdrawn from their international squads but Christian Kabasele is expected to be out for longer.
Watford’s triple injury problem led them to signing free agent Nicolas Nkoulou – who could make his debut against Liverpool in defence.
Liverpool team news
The Reds face being without four players, including long-term absentee Harvey Elliott, as they return to action after the international break.
Alisson and Fabinho are almost certain to miss Saturday’s early kick-off with Brazil’s World Cup qualifier at home to Uruguay on Thursday evening.
The pair are set to avoid a UK quarantine by travelling back to Liverpool from Brazil via Spain in order to play Atletico Madrid next week.
Liverpool will be boosted by the availability of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota who added to their worries by missing training with Portugal.
But Klopp has confirmed that Thiago will not be involved against Watford after carrying a knock that had the midfielder sidelined before the break.
Watford v Liverpool: What has been said?
“It’s not easy because the next match is Liverpool – one of the best teams in Europe,” Ranieri told watfordfc.com.
“Of course I have to work quickly, try to do my best, and also [make sure] my players understand me very soon.
“I hope to give them [the fans] a very good show. They know we play against Liverpool and we need their support from the first to the last second of the match.
“Against every team there are specific moments where we are under pressure.”