Liverpool maintained their unbeaten streak in Premier League before entering the international break and looked to stretch it furthermore this evening against Huddersfield Town at John Smith’s Stadium.
The Terriers were yet to win a game in the league but David Wagner, Jurgen Klopp’s old friend from Borussia Dortmund days, led his side to deliver a headstrong display in front of a vocal home crowd despite going down 1-0 after the final whistle.
Liverpool started the game with more possession and dominance inside the opponent’s half but failed to penetrate similar to their previous games. A moment of brilliance, however, earned the Reds a first-half lead when Joe Gomez found Xherdan Shaqiri in the right-hand side and the Swiss sensation did extremely well to set it up for Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian, though struggling to score goals, did no mistake to put it into the back of the net and earned the visitors a hard-earned lead inside 25 minutes of the game.
Huddersfield looked more purposeful after conceding the goal and almost found an equalizer when Jonathan Hogg’s thunderous long-range effort rattled the woodwork. They saw a goal being ruled out due to offside and was unlucky not to have a spot-kick in their favour when the ball struck James Milner’s hand inside the box. The Terriers were far more enthusiastic after the break and created a few chances which they failed to exploit. Liverpool’s passing in the final third, particularly from Salah, Daniel Sturridge and substitute Roberto Firmino, let Klopp down who was furious and shouting from the touchline following yet another 90 minutes of frustrating football.
A win, however, have put the Reds two points clear off Chelsea and jointly on top with ruthless Manchester City (who are ahead on goal difference). But the football they are playing is alarming and needs improvement at the earliest before its too late to meet season objectives.
Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool Lineups:
Huddersfield Town: Jonas Lossl, Mathias Jorgensen, Christopher Schindler, Chris Lowe, Florent Hadergjonaj (Isaac Mbenza 69′), Aaron Mooy, Jonathan Hogg (Adama Diakhaby 90′), Philip Billing (Steve Mounie 70′), Erik Durm, Alex Pritchard, Laurent Depoitre.
Liverpool: Alisson Becker, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson ( Georginio Wijnaldum 46′), James Milner (Roberto Firmino 77′), Adam Lallana (Fabinho 69′), Xherdan Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge.
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