Walter Mazzarri concentrating on Watford form

30 April 2017

Walter Mazzarri will not worry about what victory for his Watford side at Vicarage Road on Monday night might do to Liverpool's top-four ambitions as the Premier League season comes to a head.

The Hornets host Liverpool in the relative safety of mid-table, already having reached the 40-point barrier which has traditionally proved enough to stay clear of trouble.

Mazzarri, though, has no intentions of letting any of his players take their eye off the ball over the run-in.

With fixtures still to come against Everton and Manchester City, Watford could well have a big say in the race for European qualification.

However, the Italian coach is not concerning himself with anything other than producing the required response to last weekend's disappointing 2-0 defeat at relegation-battlers Hull.

"I am not looking at other people's problems with the table. I am only interested in my team," Mazzarri said.

"I want them to fight for every ball and to concentrate lots."

The Watford boss added: "I want my players go on the pitch thinking they are in the Champions League final and then we will see afterwards how we have done."

It has been something of an inconsistent campaign from the Hornets, who have endured plenty of injury problems yet managed to stay clear of being embroiled in the survival battle.

A run of three wins in the past five matches has all but staved off any relegation fears.

Watford were thrashed 6-1 by Liverpool at Anfield earlier in the season, when the Reds were looking set for a sustained title challenge which has gradually faded.

Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes warned the Hornets could be stung again if they do not go into Monday night's match with the right mindset.

"If we don't approach the game well, we could have another heavy defeat. But we are able to do great things as well," Gomes said, quoted by the Hertfordshire Mercury.

"We are able to compete, we have shown that so many times this season.

"We have reached 40 points, not just getting points against teams that are below us, w e got some from the teams that are above us, which is important."

Gomes added: "We have to react every time things go wrong, w e did that a few times this season and we have to do it again on Monday."