Jurgen Klopp has revealed he and his Liverpool coaching staff have been watching Sampdoria games to prepare for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Claudio Ranieri’s Watford (Liverpool 4/11, Watford 8/1, draw 9/2 – Match Betting).

Ranieri was appointed new Hornets boss in the international break, replacing the sacked Xisco Munoz, and will take charge of his first game when the Reds visit Vicarage Road in the 12:30 kick-off on Saturday.

The Italian’s last job was with Samp in Italy and he enhanced his reputation back in his home country when successfully steering them to safety in the 2019-20 campaign despite them being bottom of the table when he took over. The 69-year-old followed that up with a ninth-place finish last season but he’s now back in the Premier League with Watford.

Ranieri is inheriting a side who sit 15th in the Premier League table with just seven points on the board from their first seven games. Watford are 4/6 to be relegated and 11/10 to stay up this season.

The former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham boss, who famously guided the Foxes to their unexpected title triumph in 2015-16, will be aiming to get off to a winning start against Liverpool and Klopp admits he’s been checking out footage of Ranieri’s previous club to get some clues ahead of the game.

“He is a great manager obviously, worked all over the world,” Klopp told the Liverpool website. “Last club was again really successful, reinvented himself again, which is absolutely great.

“The preparation was now obviously slightly different, we actually watched more situations of Sampdoria games than Watford games to prepare the Watford game because obviously Claudio has a specific way, how he is usually doing.

“But the main message for this game for us is we have to focus on ourselves – not only because we don’t know what the opponent is doing but as well because of that.”

Klopp will be without Brazilian duo Fabinho and Alisson for the game as the pair will travel direct to Spain from their home country for Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid due to quarantine issues, while Thiago and Curtis Jones have been ruled out through injury.

Caoimhin Kelleher is set to start in goal, while Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are pushing to start in midfield but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Diogo Jota have recovered from their respective groin and leg injuries and are fit to play.

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