Claudio Ranieri has given William Troost-Ekong, Emmanuel Dennis, and their Watford colleagues a duty ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match against Liverpool.
Since been hired last week to replace Xisco Munoz, Ranieri will be in charge of his first game.
Watford then faces Everton, Southampton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Leicester, Chelsea, and champions Manchester City in a difficult run of fixtures.
It means Ranieri will have a sluggish start at Watford, but he is unfazed by the prospect and has pushed his team to fight.
“I keep my spirit,” the Italian stated. “No one, no one, no one, no one, no one, no one, no one, no one, Because sport is amazing, I preserve my spirit, my love, and my life.
“I need to get started right away.” I’ve started to get a good understanding of my guys, and we need to move rapidly because I know there will come a difficult moment. We must stay close together and fight in that moment, with our followers on our sides. It’s like being a boxer: there are times when you can punch and other times when you must keep [tight].”
Ranieri has a lot of respect for Klopp, his opponent tomorrow, and spent time watching him train when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund.
“He is a fantastic manager who has won everything,” he remarked, “and I am delighted to meet him.” “I used to monitor his training sessions while he was at Borussia Dortmund for a week. It’ll be a fantastic match. Of course, there are many areas in which we need to improve, but we won’t know until after the match.”