Liverpool and Watford face-off in Claudio Ranieri’s first game back in the Premier League as manager of Watford on Saturday. Liverpool vs. Watford: Live stream, start time, TV, how to watch English Premier League 2021
The Hornets lost 1-0 to Leeds United during Xisco Munoz’s last game in charge, while Jurgen Klopp’s side played out a 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Here is how to watch this weekend’s match.
Liverpool vs. Watford (English Premier League 2021)
What time does the match start? Where can I watch it on TV? – Saturday’s match will start off at 7:30 a.m. EST for viewers in the U.S and will air on TV via NBCSN. (Channel finder: Verizon Fios | AT&T U-verse| Comcast Xfinity | Spectrum/Charter | Optimum/Altice | DIRECTV | Dish | Hulu | fuboTV | Sling.)
Live steam options: NBC Sports Live | Peacock Premium | Sling | fuboTV – Cable subscribers can use the login credentials from the TV provider to watch via NBC Sports Live and the NBC Sports app. If you don’t have cable, Premier League matches are also available streaming via Peacock Premium and are not available via the service’s free tier. You can also watch the match with streaming services like Sling and fuboTV.
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Brazil players Alisson Becker and Fabinho are travelling directly to Spain to complete their 10-day quarantine period after international duty and are in line to feature for Liverpool against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp said the pair had “no chance” of playing in the English Premier League at Watford on Saturday lunchtime because of the tight turnaround after Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay late Thursday.
For that reason, Alisson and Fabinho will not return to England — where they would have to isolate for 10 days upon arrival because they have played for Brazil in Venezuela (Oct. 7) and Colombia (Oct. 10), countries on Britain’s red list — and instead go straight to Madrid.
They will fly back to England on Thursday, after the rest of the Liverpool team return, so they don’t have to quarantine.
Klopp was unhappy with the predicament, especially since it had been brought about by an extra fixture being placed in the schedule for Brazil.
“The same people will say the same things — that that’s why you have a big squad — but you have a big squad not for issues you have with football associations because they’ve put in (extra games),” Klopp said.
Alisson is Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper, while Fabinho is an influential member of Liverpool’s midfield that is also missing Curtis Jones and Thiago Alcantara because of injuries.
Jones was injured while on duty with England Under-21s, having played in the second of the team’s games after previously missing parts of training.
“It’s difficult to make proper contact with the English federation because they just do what they want,” a frustrated Klopp said.
Liverpool is second in the Premier League and the only unbeaten team.
Manchester City’s Brazil players, goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and forward Gabriel Jesus, will not feature against Burnley, City manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday.
Chelsea will be without Brazil defender Thiago Silva, too, for its trip to London rival Brentford.
One club has just sacked their manager after less than ten months in charge. The other is playing some of the most attractive and devastating football in Europe with a front three capable of picking apart any defence.
All that should mean Liverpool are too much for Watford in the lunchtime kick-off today but, as is well established, nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League, and Jurgen Klopp will be conscious not to take his hosts lightly.
The corresponding fixture two seasons ago – Watford spent the 2021-21 campaign in the Championship – saw Ismaïla Sarr bag a double with Troy Deeney adding the gloss on a 3-0 win.
But this is a different Watford side and new boss Claudio Ranieri the 16th permanent manager to step into the Vicarage Road dugout in just ten years, will no doubt be pragmatic in his first match at the helm.