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Head Coach looking for the right response when Liverpool visit

Mazzarri | “I Hope My Players Will Be More Angry”

Watford should be fired by a sense of anger on Monday night following the 6-1 defeat at Anfield earlier in the season, according to Head Coach Walter Mazzarri. 

The Hornets experienced one of the low points of the campaign in November when goals from Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Roberto Firmino left them five down after an hour. Daryl Janmaat did pull one back for the Hornets but Georginio Wijnaldum completed the rout in injury time with a sixth.

Mazzarri feels Monday's game in front of the Sky cameras is a chance to put right the defeat at Anfield and the more recent one at the KCOM Stadium. 

“Liverpool will be angry after losing at home [against Crystal Palace] but I hope my players will be more angry as we lost at Hull and conceded six goals at Anfield, ” he said.

Mazzarri has enjoyed notable highs this season in defeating Manchester United, Everton, champions Leicester and Arsenal, but the heavy defeat at Anfield still rankles with him. 
 
 “There was another one, the one against Tottenham [at home] but we were in an emergency then – we had many players injured. But the Liverpool and Tottenham games were our two worst games. I did not sleep after these defeats.”

Liverpool head to Vicarage Road looking to cement their position in the top four –  “I’m only interested in my team, ” said the Head Coach.

“I want them to fight for every ball and be really concentrated” – while the 10th place Hornets are aiming for their highest ever Premier League finish.
 
“Our target is to be mathematically safe first,” said the Head Coach.

“We are still not mathematically safe but we are very near safety and that is our target. Every match is important and we want to do better and better and value every performance.”
 
Mazzarri also gave an insight into his relationship with Gino Pozzo and how the owner is viewing this season.

“I think he is very happy,” he said.

“When you consider all the injuries we’ve had, I think he’s quite happy. It’s clear that we lost games when we should have won and then he’s not very happy, but that’s the same for me.”

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