Dawson: “It's Going To Be A Great Test For Us”
Craig Dawson is relishing the opportunity to come up against one of the greatest forward lines of the Premier League era this weekend.
Watford have beaten Manchester United and held Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to draws at Vicarage Road this season and, although Liverpool pose another level of threat, the centre-half insists the Hornets will not be giving them too much respect.
“It’s obviously going to be a great test for us, Liverpool are having a great season, so we know it’s going to be a difficult game, but one we’re looking forward to,” said Dawson.
“You’re a professional footballer because you want to play against the best and test yourself against the best. We know it’s not going to be easy but as a professional footballer you want to play against the best players in the world and Liverpool have a few of those at the moment.
“It’s not going to be an easy one but if we prepare well for the game, hopefully we can do well and get the three points.”
A result against Liverpool would be a perfect platform for the Hornets to build on going into the final three months of the season. Dawson maintains the team are not shying away from how realistic the threat of relegation is, but knows the quality is there to climb the table.
“You can’t hide away from the fact we’re in this position, but we know we can get ourselves out of it,” he said.
“We have to take each game as it comes and work hard on the training pitch, which we are doing, and then we’ve got some good games coming up that we look forward to.
“You’ve just got to take each game as it comes, work hard during the week and do your best for that game. There’s no point looking any further than that, we know the position we’re in, but we’ve got some good games coming up, starting on Saturday.”
Despite the disappointing February which followed an outstanding December and January for the Hornets, heads have not dropped and positivity is still abundant at the club’s London Colney training ground, according to the 29-year-old.
“We’ve had a few unfortunate results but the spirit in the group is still high,” said Dawson.
“Performances have been good, training has been good, so it’s nice to be back and hopefully we can get the performance and the result.
“The fans are massively important, we’ve probably not given them too much to cheer about this year, which is probably the most disappointing thing. But, in the games when we have given them something to cheer about, they’ve really got behind us and been the 12th man, and obviously we need that in every single game until the last game of the season.”