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Mazzarri calls on painful memories to motivate Watford

Mazzarri's side was beaten 6-1 the last time they met Liverpool. Credit: PA

Walter Mazzarri hopes his Watford players will remember how they felt getting thrashed 6-1 at Liverpool when the two Premier League sides go head-to-head again on Monday night.

The Hornets are all-but safe for another season in the top flight, sitting on 40 points.

Manager Mazzarri, though, is determined the campaign will not just fade out over the closing five matches, which sees fixtures against Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City.

First up is the visit of Jurgen Klopp's men who tore Watford apart when the clubs met on Merseyside in early November, a result which saw the Reds at the top of the table.

Mazzarri wants his players to channel their frustrations of that miserable night at Anfield when they aim to make amends in front of the Vicarage Road faithful.

"I reminded them (about the Liverpool result) to motivate them," Mazzarri said.

"We have seen in English football that if a team with less value does everything well, they can win against much higher teams.

"I have the duty to try to get everything out of my players, all of the positive energy."

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Liverpool confirm Gerrard as U18 manager

Gerrard retired from football in November after two seasons at LA Galaxy. Credit: PA

Liverpool have confirmed that club legend Steven Gerrard will take charge of their Under-18 side from next season.

Gerrard returned to the Reds to take up a role as academy coach in February after leaving LA Galaxy in November and announcing his retirement from professional football.

The 36-year-old replaces Neil Critchley, who has moved up to become U23 manager with current boss Mike Garritty shifting to his backroom staff.

I have really enjoyed my time at the Academy so far and feel I have learnt a lot from the coaching staff here already.

After speaking to Alex [Inglethorpe], we feel as though it is time for me to step up and manage my own team.

Neil has done a fantastic job with the U18s, so I hope I can continue where he left off, encouraging and nurturing players into the U23s and eventually the first-team setup.

– Gerrard to Liverpool's official website
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