Old friends turn opponents on Saturday as David Wagner’s Huddersfield take on Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool at Anfield and with both teams coming into this match on contrasting form, the game could make for compelling viewing.
After Sunday’s 4-1 demolition by Tottenham, Liverpool will be coming into this one wanting their first win in four games after being embarrassed by Spurs in front of a record crowd at Wembley. Throughout the week there have been questions asked about the reliability of the Liverpool centre backs and who will be chosen come 2pm on Saturday. After another abysmal performance on Sunday many believe that we have seen the last of Dejan Lovren in a Liverpool shirt. However in recent months pundits believe that Klopp has shown some arrogance when picking his side so could stick with the Serbian, even after he was substituted for Alex Oxlade Chamberlin. There were also questions surrounding the amount of training that is done on marking by the Liverpool squad as players such as Joe Gomez consistently failed to pick up their man throughout the 90 minutes. The Reds defensive blunders could be recapped by Harry Kane’s second goal. Mignolet spills the ball and the ball falls to Vertonghen who’s shot is blocked however the ball the falls to Kane who is able to beat Mignolet and three of his defenders with ease. And this is a recurring problem with Liverpool. Defenders will challenge for the first ball but as soon as the second ball comes in the usually just stand there or dive hoping to get a touch on the ball. The Reds are going through a bad spell but will definitely be looking to get there season back on track against Huddersfield. And they will need to as their top 6 rivals are all pulling away at the top of the league.
Liverpools opponents come into this clash off the back of an historic victory over Manchester United. Since the Terriers 4-0 battering at the hands of Tottenham they have adapted and learnt about how they should approach games against the top six. And the cries of the fans were finally listened to as David Wagner introduced American international Danny Williams who moved from Reading in the summer. In recent weeks teams have been able to work out the partnership between Aaron Mooy and Phillip Billing and after not winning a game since August a change was needed. In complete contrast to Liverpool’s defensive display the Huddersfield back four of Chris Lowe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Jorgensen and Tommy Smith received endless praise after there heroic display. With Jorgensen receiving endless compliments for throwing his body in front of an Anthony Martial strike.
The fact the Town have been able to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate this with a victory leaves Liverpool with a lot of work to do. The Huddersfield defence will mostly be able to cope with the pace of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino but there is no guessing whether the Liverpool defence will be able to deal with the pace of Depoitre, Ince and Mooy who were critical in the win over the red devils last weekend. Huddersfield have also been boosted by the return of Elias Kachunga who came off injured in last weeks win. The terriers will also be joined by Kasey Palmer who has rejoined first team training after a short stint out with injury.
This clash is a hard one to call but I believe there will be goals galore from two strong attacking sides.
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