So, here we are back where the memories of that wonderful night against Liverpool will return to many a Watford fan's dreams the night before we play them. Doucoure's knock on to Sarr for a slide in goal, then Hughes somehow managing to keep the ball in play before Deeney played a glorious pass infront of Sarr who then ran to goal and chipped a beauty over Alisson, capped off by a great side footed finish by Captain Wonder. What a night and game that was. It's over a year since that magical night - yet it's still one fondly remembered. Here's the highlights. Ok, back to the here and now. After the predictable sacking of that lovable rouge Xisco Munoz, we aptly waited for the next taxi to pull into Watford High Street Station. Of all the out of work managers, we managed to pull the big fish for once. Claudio Ranieri. Quite the coup for "little 'ol Watford". He has had about two weeks (from when our last game ended) to hopefully grind in his philosophy, tactics, formation and game plan. We will see if it goes well, or goes to pot on the pitch in what I am expecting to be a full Vicarage Road Saturday Lunchtime. The Italian Mastermind behind Leicester's unbelievable title win, followed by less success at Fulham - does mean there is an aura of mixed bag about his ability to transform what was, quite frankly, one of the worst Watford showings in the Pozzo era against Leeds around. I personally remain optimistic about how he will do, but proof will be in the pudding (and it will be, since Deeney has not eaten it). LIVERPOOL AND THE KLOPPITES Klopp frightens me. He really does look pretty creepy, especially with that big toothed grin, the large glasses and the baseball cap. But, I am under no illusions of his talent as a top level coach. He guided Liverpool to their first Premiership title in 30 year and became a national hero (on Merseyside). This season, they have started very well and much better than the previous one. With a stuffing of Norwich and Leeds in the bag and producing an excellent display in a fantastic game against Pepsi's Manchester City last time out, this is a side full of confidence and Mo Salah will be ready. Liverpool are full of talent and have players Watford would only dream of signing. Ironically, they travel down to Hertfordshire unbeaten, just like last time. Would it really be such a shock for us to humble them again? Overall, Liverpool's record away at Watford is pretty poor. ARISE - CLAUDIO RANIERI They say the first game for a new manager can be the so-called "baptism of fire" and Claudio has been given a right hot one here. Hopefully he won't be roasted come 2.30pm. It's almost impossible for anyone, me included, to predict how we will line up, what formation we will play and what the overall game plan will be. We can have a forum meltdown and 12.30 when we see Masina or Cathcart at RB instead of Ngakia. What I can say is, I hope against hope, that we play MUCH better than we have in the last two games. Whether or not the Leeds' performance was intentional by the players to get Xisco sacked, or he/they knew about it beforehand is impossible to even begin speculating. We need to push hard going forward when we can, try to press further up the pitch towards the end of the game, and defend like a team. It's not impossible to say we can win this - of course we can. I would personally take a hard fought draw here. Not losing in front of what will be an expecting home crowd will be a good start. MY PREDICTION As I have stated above, without knowing the likely changes in personal/formation etc. it's impossible to give a prediction based on what we knew about Xisco's team lineups and tactics. I we bold here and say we will nick this. We will almost certainly start the game penned in our own half, and weathering the early storm will be vital. WATFORD 2 LIVERPOOL 1 ps. To those who are wondering why this is up so early, well it's a big game for us and with the hopeful manager bounce we can begin to move in a positive light now. Oh, and also because I was bored this afternoon.