Liverpool entertain unlikely Premiership pacesetters Leicester in the traditional Boxing Day fixture.
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that some of his undoubted coaching ability and man management skills have rubbed off on his flaky squad of players because if they phone in another Watford performance then they are going to be on the wrong end of a beating.
Some of the passing in that Watford game was abysmal. Truly awful. The worst was watching Coutinho pass the ball straight into touch from the second half restart and when the camera panned to Klopp did I lip read him muttering “My God that was shit”?
It was an error ridden display and the tone was set right from the second minute when Bodgan spilled a routine corner catch and had the ball illegally kicked out of his hands for the first goal.
In the after match comments Klopp quite rightly stated that “We made more mistakes (than the referee) today”. Liverpool were out fought and out muscled and it made me wish Graeme Souness could lace up his boots and get stuck in.
Because the players need that tongue lashing to wake them up as well as bringing some welcome bite and steel in midfield.
The managers assertion that he is not actively looking to engage in the January transfer window may have taken some Reds fans by surprise. Bringing in four quality players at £30 million apiece plus their wages is not going to happen. There is talent at Liverpool but it's going to take time for Klopp to work his magic.
Firminho looks like a player. But he's also struggling to come to terms with the brutal physicality of the English game. Coutinho blows hot and cold, Lallana is yet to step up to the level we know he can achieve. Benteke is statuesque and Sturridge needs time to build up his game endurance if he is not to be permanently crocked.
There are injury woes at the back with Skrtel now out for six weeks with a hamstring and rushing Lovren back could be as catastrophic as Sakho's return against Watford.
So many problems for the manager to deal with and so many players who can be frustratingly good and bad in equal measure.
By contrast Leicester are firing on all cylinders and considering Liverpool's home form they are the team to back.