Audio Ranieri becomes the 16th permanent manager to enter the Vicarage Road dugout in just ten years when his Watford side face Liverpool on Saturday.
The Italian, 69, hardly enters a disastrous situation after the dismissal of Xisco Munoz, with the club 15th and four points ahead of the drop zone.
But Liverpool’s visit and upcoming clashes with Arsenal and Manchester United mean Ranieri will have little time to settle into his third Premier League stint.
For the Reds, memories of a 3-0 loss in their last game with Watford, which followed an eight-game unbeaten streak scoring 27 goals, must be put aside as a win will send Jurgen Klopp’s men to the summit, if only temporarily.
Kick-off date, time and location
Watford vs Liverpool is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. BST on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
Where to watch Watford vs Liverpool
TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 1.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online through the Sky Go and BT Sport website or apps.
Watford vs Liverpool team news
Trent Alexander-Arnold returned to full training in a big boost for Liverpool, after missing games with Porto and Manchester City with a groin injury.
James Milner could, however, continue to deputize if Klopp rests his regular right-back for the Champions League midweek clash with Atletico Madrid.
Diogo Jota (stroke) and Thiago Alcantara (calf) are uncertain with the Portuguese striker released by his country at the midpoint of the international break. Harvey Elliott has been absent for a long time.
Fabinho and Alisson Becker are likely to miss having faced Uruguay with Brazil just 36 hours before the lunch hour kick-off.
Watford is without Francisco Sierralta (hamstrings), Peter Etebo (muscle), Christian Kabasele (hamstrings) and Joshua King (knee).
Watford vs Liverpool prediction
A new bounce from the manager, coupled with a few key absentees for the visitors, could turn this memorable afternoon for Watford. But Liverpool have recently scored goals and are set to take on that challenge.
History and results of face to face (h2h)