Silva | “Start The Big Connection”
Marco Silva wants his new and exciting team to create “a connection” with the fans during the hugely anticipated Premier League opener with Liverpool on Saturday.
Vicarage Road is set to be packed to the rafters for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side and there is much optimism around the Hornets following the headline midweek captures of Richarlison and Andre Gray, the latter for a club record fee.
Silva wants to build on the feel-good factor created by the new signings and put down a marker on Saturday lunchtime.
“We are at home and that is the best way to start and build something and start the big connection with the fans,” said the Head Coach.
“We want to create something special at home every game. I believe you are always stronger when you play at home with the fans.”
Liverpool have been flying in pre-season, defeating Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin, Crystal Palace and Leicester and they have club record signing Mohamed Salah in their ranks.
“They had a very good pre-season and it will be a tough game for us, but with the support of our fans we can do well,” said Silva.
“It’s the first test, nothing more. We need to play against every team and the first is against Liverpool. We’ve been working hard and we are now ready to start the Premier League. We start in a good way at home against a very good team. It’s the best way to start. We need to do everything to start well.”
Security a team effort
Three points isn't the only priority on game day. Making sure everyone goes home safe is the most important result.
Watford Football Club has been working closely with the police and the Premier League to review security at Vicarage Road. Now we are asking you to do your bit.
Following the dreadful Manchester Arena bombing in May, stadium managers from clubs have been briefed by counter terrorism police.
It is vital that everyone - players, staff and supporters - remains vigilant and reports any concerns to stewards or police.
Attacks might be rare, and the chance of you being caught up in one unlikely, but the message is #ActionCountersTerrorism.
Here's a quick reminder of what you can do to help keep yourself and others safe:
• Arrive early, allowing more time for security checks
• Minimise what you carry, fewer bag searches will speed up entry to the ground
• Be vigilant at all times and if you see anything suspicious, tell a steward right away
• If you see anything that could pose an immediate threat to safety, call 999
• In an emergency, listen to the Public Address instructions and follow them
• If told to evacuate, do so immediately, do not wait around to film events on your mobile
• Move right away from the stadium as quickly as possible for your safety and to allow clear access for any emergency vehicles
• Once you are safe, follow the local police force on Twitter for updates