WATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 21:  Fans arrive at stadium prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester City at Vicarage Road on May 21, 2017 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

3 Key Battles That Could Decide Saturday's Premier League Clash Between Watford & Liverpool

Watford and Liverpool kick off the first Saturday of the new Premier League season at Vicarage Road. A stunning goal from Emre Can won this fixture for Liverpool last season and it is sure to be another tight fixture. 

Here's a look at the key battles that could decide the game...

1. Heurelho Gomes vs Simon Mignolet

Last season both Watford and Liverpool conceded plenty of goals. Liverpool shipped 44 - the most of any of the teams who finished in the top 6 - while Watford conceded 68 goals which was more than Middlesbrough and Sunderland, two of the teams who were relegated.

Both goalkeepers have a mistake in them but both could be hugely important for their respective teams over the course of the season. 

2. Tom Cleverley vs Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to start for Liverpool at right back with Nathaniel Clyne injured and he will be up against the former Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. 

The 27-year old is looking to rebuild his career, which has stalled since leaving Old Trafford in 2014. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road from and has now joined on a permanent basis. 

Cleverley will be looking to hit the ground running in front of the Sky cameras.

3. Younès Kaboul vs Roberto Firmino

Liverpool's front three looks to be one of the most exciting in the division ahead of the new season. Roberto Firmino could well be a key player for them once again - especially if Philippe Countinho leaves for Barcelona. Firmino scored 11 league goals last season and will be up against an experienced head in Kaboul on Saturday. 

The 31-year old has represented Portsmouth, Sunderland and Spurs in the Premier League before he joined the Hornets last summer.