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Nordin Amrabat left on bench because of Liverpool display

Nordin Amrabat remained unused this evening because Quique Sanchez Flores was unhappy with his 20-minute appearance against Liverpool on Sunday, the head coach revealed.

The Moroccan international was signed from Malaga in January for a club record fee at the behest of Sanchez Flores, but the Spaniard has been loathe to use the winger. Amrabat has started just one game in the last two months and has only played 490 minutes of football since his switch from La Liga.

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He has come off the bench in the last two league games, to seemingly positive effect, but he was left kicking his heels at Carrow Road this evening, despite Watford needing a route back into the game with some help from a player who eclipsed Etienne Capoue as their most expensive.

“I wasn’t happy with his last performance [against Liverpool] and that is why I didn’t consider him today,” Sanchez Flores said. “When I choose a player I analyse carefully and decide whether or not I am happy with that player. If I am not happy then it is for a reason, perhaps tactical details. If I feel he is not ready and he isn’t doing what I am expecting, then he isn’t going to play.”