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Three key stats ahead of Watford vs Liverpool

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Watford kick off the new season with an enthralling home game against Liverpool, who are in all sorts of chaos as the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga rumbles on.

The talented Brazilian is set to miss the clash at Vicarage Road with a back injury, but the Reds will at least be buoyed by a series of impressive performances throughout pre-season.

The Hornets will be hoping to build on some excellent summer recruitment as they bid to win their first ever opening game of a Premier League campaign at the fifth time of asking, with an exciting new strike force of Andre Gray and Richarlison spearheading the attack.

Here are three key stats ahead of the game:

5 – Will Liverpool continue their opening day winning run?

While Watford will kick-off against Liverpool in search of their first ever opening day win in the Premier League, the Reds will be hoping to launch their campaign with a victory for the fifth time in a row.

This sequence is all the more impressive given that Liverpool failed to win their any of their previous four opening games, while the Reds will be hoping for a repeat of their thrilling 4-3 triumph at the Emirates Stadium at the beginning of last season.

Watford will draw comfort from the fact three of the Reds’ previous four opening day defeats in the Premier League have come away from Anfield, while the Hornets’ 3-0 win in the corresponding fixture last season still stands as Jurgen Klopp’s heaviest defeat as Liverpool manager.

7 – Marco Silva and home comforts

While former Hull City manager Marco Silva lost his last home game in charge of the Tigers in a dramatic 7-1 thrashing against Spurs, his arrival at the KC Stadium initially helped to revive the Yorkshire club’s fortunes.

Silva quickly turned the KC Stadium into a fortress after signing in January, going unbeaten in his opening seven home games (W6, D1) in a run that included an impressive 2-0 victory over Liverpool in February.

Watford will hope that Silva inspires similar home comforts this time around, particularly with the squad having been bolstered by a number of talented new signings during the summer.

5 – The Reds may prove hard to break down at Vicarage Road

Given Liverpool’s determined if poorly handled pursuit of Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk, you could be forgiven for thinking that the side had a weakness in the heart of the defence.

While they may need strengthening in this department, Jurgen Klopp’s men actually kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League at the end of the last season. By keeping the Hornets out on Saturday, they would record a fifth straight clean sheet for the first time since the distant days of Gerard Houllier back in 2002.

Given that Klopp’s side have also plundered 133 Premier League goals since the German’s arrival in October 2015, Watford will face an uphill task to keep the Reds at bay with or without Coutinho.

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