Gracia not expecting to sit back

16 March 2018 11:15:53 EST

Watford head coach Javi Gracia accepts his team will need to be positive as well as cautious when they head to Anfield to take on Liverpool at teatime on Saturday.

The Hornets have earned a mere one point from their last eight away games in the Premier League and their latest assignment sees them take on a goal-laden Reds outfit who still have designs on finishing in second place in the top-flight.

If you play this match only thinking about defending, you are going to lose for sure.

Javi Gracia

And Gracia, who saw his side beaten 3-0 at Arsenal last time out, is aware that he cannot instruct his players to simply sit back and try and soak up the inevitable pressure from their hosts.

He told the club's official website: "I know Anfield is very difficult for us. I know if we play an open game against Liverpool, we have a lot of chances to lose the game.

"So we need to have a balance to be able to defend, but we need to attack as well - if you play this match only thinking about defending, you are going to lose for sure.

"It is very important to minimise the mistakes, but I think the best mentality is not to start the game thinking about minimising.

"We need to be very concentrated, focused on the game and we need to try to win and look for chances to win the match and to score."

Watford earned a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool earlier on in the season, with Miguel Britos netting a last-minute equaliser for the Hornets.

Gracia's men are 8/1 to secure another draw on Saturday, while the hosts are 1/6 to win the game and 11/1 to do so by a 3-1 scoreline.

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