Huddersfield 0-3 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are back to winning ways as Huddersfield were defeated at their own stadium and a clean sheet was kept as we did it. All round improvement from Liverpool saw us claim three points and goes a long way to proving that not all results are going to turn out as disappointing this season as the Swansea or West Brom fixtures we were defeated in recently. We’re bouncing back again.
Jurgen Klopp made only 4 changes from the last lineup that met Huddersfield (when we won 3-0 at Anfield). So, this time around Liverpool were still rather similar and you could say the few changes that were made only served to create a stronger starting 11.
Daniel Sturridge had been in the starting 11 back when we played Huddersfield at Anfield but is now currently loaned out to West Brom (yes, the team that defeated us in the FA Cup).
Liverpool were still in a good position, even as they put their team on the pitch from the first minute. Having said that, “upsets” can happen to any team and beating someone before doesn’t 100% guarantee that you’ll definitely do it again the next time you meet them. West Brom hadn’t beaten us all season until they met us in the FA Cup fixture we’d lose to them in.
It took Liverpool 26 minutes to take a lead against Huddersfield as Emre Can opened the scoring with a deflected volley. Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool
In just under half an hour, Liverpool had taken command of the game and were playing like this was a home game. They weren’t at Anfield for this fixture though. Just looking at their confidence you could sense the belief in our players that they could turn their run of disappointing results around and make this one a WIN.
20 more minutes would go by and Huddersfield may have just been thinking about going in to the dressing rooms for the break but Liverpool were thinking about scoring before half time.
Firmino received the ball from Mané in a dangerous position that you’d think Firmino might try to assist a teammate from. Close, but the goalkeeper’s right there in short-range to save the shot (probably). Firmino saw an opening as Lossi comes off his goal line though and in less than 2 yards of space Bobby squeezes the ball past the goalkeeper, into the net and the score is Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool just before the referee blows for half time.
The 2nd half started like a continuation of the first half. Liverpool continued to dominate and the more Huddersfield tried to score themselves, the more chances Liverpool had opening to counter attack them and worry their defenders and goalkeeper.
Can was a major part of almost every attack and in the 76th minute, Billing would push Can to the ground within the penalty area. The referee saw it all go down and did not hesitate to award Liverpool a penalty kick. Salah would have his chance to score his 26th goal of the season and did just that from 12 yards. Huddersfield 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool now had a 3 goal lead and it was fairly obvious that Huddersfield just weren’t go to be claiming any points as kept on playing for the next quarter of an hour that led to the referee’s final whistle of the game.
Loris Karius managed to keep a clean sheet and this also does a lot for the confidence in our key defensive players that we need to have a strong belief in as we attempt to go through the season without any more losses.
Man of the Match
Emre Can was recently picked by Jurgen Klopp to be the Liverpool captain and he’s finally proven himself to be worthy of this honour. A major part of all the attacks that were going on, helping Liverpool claim the penalty for the 3rd goal and also scoring himself in the first half, Can put on a display that was deserving of keeping that Captain’s armband on his arm for further fixtures. He’s earned what’s given to him and we’re all happy to see both Can and Liverpool being victorious again after a short run (2 defeats) of unwanted results we’d all rather forget about. Well, now we get to be more hopeful about the near future of this season with good reason.
January’s fixtures are now complete and the first fixture of February will be at Anfield as Liverpool host Spurs for more Premier League action.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.