adplus-dvertising
Connect with us

Sports

Watford Will Under Pressure From Liverpool, According To Roy Hodgson

Published

on

zVPDzFfYogFoaVGiywkghb

Roy Hodgson wants Watford to view tomorrow’s game at Liverpool as an opportunity to perform on one of football’s biggest stages, as they go in search of some unlikely points to boost their chances of Premier League survival.

Earlier in the season, Jurgen Klopp’s men put the Hornets to the sword at Vicarage Road with a 5-0 thrashing on Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge of the club.

Now under the stewardship of Hodgson, Watford remain mired in the relegation battle and go into the match at Anfield this weekend desperate to close the gap between themselves and 17th place Everton.

However, Hodgson knows the pressure on his attacking players to take their chances will be greater than in most games, due to the way he expects the match to pan out, but still believes they are capable of causing problems, if they approach the game in the right way.

“Even the people who would have been given village idiot status in the past will tell you that you can’t win without scoring,” said Hodgson. “So we need goals. We like to think that we’ve got players there who can score goals, but then we’ve got to give them the chances. They’re not going to score unless they get enough of the ball, they’re not going to score unless our quality is good enough, they’re not going to score unless their movement’s good enough and they’re not going to score unless, when the chances come their way, they have the composure and the ability to convert the chance.

“The one thing we have to accept going into the Liverpool game is we’re not going to be have 50 per cent possession for each team. They’ll have the ball more than we will because they’ve got more quality there and more ability to keep the ball. We’ve got to accept that our chances will probably be fewer than theirs, so that puts more pressure on your goal scorers to take that chance when it comes his way. But there’s nothing new in that.

“I think it’s an opportunity. I would like to see it as a chance for the players. Not all of them will have played many games at Anfield or gone to Anfield that often and it is a temple of football. So it’s a great experience really to go and play there. And there’s nothing to stop us playing well and working hard and making life extremely difficult for Liverpool and there’s nothing to stop us either taking the chances we create, even if they are fewer than the chances Liverpool create and that’s the way we’ve, we’ve got to see it.”

Even if his side were to cause an upset and claim a first win at Anfield since 1999, Hodgson knows that it would not solve all of his team’s problems.

Whatever the result tomorrow, he has called for composure from his squad ahead of what, on paper at least, looks like a more winnable game, at home against Leeds United next week.

“Whatever happens after the game, we’ve got to settle down. If it is a win, it will be a bit euphoric, and you’ll be saying this is the first time in 25 years, we’ve got to forget that because Leeds don’t care about that,” he said.

“Leeds don’t care whether we beat [Liverpool], or when the last time was. And if we lose, we’ve got to come to terms with the fact that game unfortunately has gone by and we didn’t get what we wanted. But now we’ve got Leeds coming up, so let’s start again because we can’t afford to not give our best.”

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Sports

Joel Matip Puts Liverpool Ahead With An Odd Goal Against Southampton

Published

on

0 GettyImages 1397784198

Liverpool have got as far as they can in every cup competition this season and they’re on the verge of taking the Premier League to the final day too.

After going a goal behind after 13 minutes, Liverpool have responded with goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip.

Jurgen Klopp elected to go for a heavily rotated side for their fixture with Southampton, making nine changes to the team that faced Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final. He may well have been fearing the worst when Nathan Redmond gave Southampton the lead early.

Liverpool responded well though, with Minamino finishing off a well-worked move starting at the feet of Joe Gomez and converted by the Japanese after a lovely touch from Diogo Jota. Gomez would then limp off on the stroke of half-time in another piece of worrying injury news.

Away from thoughts about the Champions League final however, Klopp and his travelling army of Reds will at least be satisfied with the match itself. Liverpool continued to dominate the ball and went about their work in a relaxed fashion, eventually getting the goal in bizarre circumstances

It appears that Kyle Walker-Peters attempted clearing header comes off the head of Matip from close range, looping into the far corner. A win will take Liverpool within a point of Manchester City, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side will have to win their final match against Aston Villa to guarantee the title.

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Continue Reading

Sports

Nathan Redmond’s Superb Curler Ends Liverpool’s Championship Chances

Published

on

Redmond 2

Liverpool fans have been lamenting the fact that their team has an almost impossible job on the final day of the season, hoping that Manchester City slip up against Aston Villa. Yet if they fail to do their homework against Southampton, it would all be futile anyway.

Should Liverpool pick up a point, it would be all but over too, as an eight goal swing to occur by virtue of a victory and a City defeat anyway. In reality, only a win will do for Jurgen Klopp.

The German manager has made nine changes to the side that beat Chelsea in the F.A Cup final and has gone for fresh legs to try and combat Southampton’s intense style.

If they are to get the win however, they will have to do it the hard way. After just 13 minutes, Nathan Redmond cut in on his right and let loose a curling effort into the top corner and beyond Alisson. Even if it did take a slight deflection off James Milner’s leg.

Liverpool now have to mount a comeback in the knowledge that defeat will seal the fate of the title. Something which will suit Southampton’s counter-attack well.

WATCH NOW

DOWNLOAD NOW

Continue Reading