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MATCH PREVIEW: LIVERPOOL (A)

25 October 2017

Huddersfield Town Head Coach David Wagner will be re-united with a close friend and former colleague this Saturday as Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcomes the Terriers at Anfield.

The Terriers are fresh off the back of their biggest victory of the season so far. Goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre were enough to end Manchester United’s unbeaten run in the Club’s last Premier League outing.

The Premier League match will take place at Anfield and will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 28 October 2017.

THE OPPONENT

Although Liverpool is in search of its first Premier League win of the month, the Reds are anything but goal shy. Jürgen Klopp’s side has scored fourteen and conceded sixteen in its opening nine Premier League games.

Liverpool currently sits in ninth place, one point ahead of Town. Jürgen Klopp’s side is three points off of the top four and will be looking to push into the European places for the second season in a row, a feat that hasn’t been seen on the red side of the Mersey since the 2008/09 season.

Despite falling to Spurs by four goals to one in the Club’s last outing, Egyptian international Mohamed Salah has taken his tally to nine goals for the season in all competitions. The pacey wide man has been filling the boots of talismanic forward Sadio Mané, who is currently side-lined with a hamstring injury.

The Reds currently sit top of their Champions League Group with one win and two draws from their opening three games. It is their first season back competing with Europe’s elite since the 14/15 season. Jürgen Klopp has lead Liverpool to two finals in his tenure. The German came up short in the Europa League Final against Sevilla last season and in the League Cup Final against Manchester City the year prior.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Philippe Coutinho has already bagged himself two goals and an assist in the five Premier League games he has featured in. The Brazilian playmaker is following his best season in a Liverpool shirt, having netted 13 times in the league, in the last campaign.

Mohamed Salah has proven himself an instant hit on Merseyside since joining from Italian giants Roma in the summer. The Egyptian is the Club’s top goal scorer this season, having found the net nine times in all competitions. His 21 goal return last season was a personal best for the former Chelsea and Basel forward, and was enough to warrant Liverpool paying 42 million euros for his services in the summer.

Roberto Firmino began his third season in the Premier League, having hit double figures in his first two seasons in England. The Brazilian international already has six goals in all competitions and looked bright in the early games of the season playing alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané. The former Hoffenheim hitman netted twice in Liverpool’s Champions League triumph and will be looking for his first Premier League goal since the 4-0 win over Arsenal back in August.

NEW SIGNINGS

Jürgen Klopp strengthened his side by spending just under a reported £80 million pounds on four new players. The marquee signings of pacey forwards Mohamed Salah from Roma for £36m and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal for £35m has brought depth to the midfielder and forward lines.

Liverpool also bolstered the Club’s ranks with the £8m acquisition of pacey left back Andrew Robertson from relegated Hull City and young striker Dominic Solanke on a free from current champions Chelsea.

The Club bid farewell to cult hero Lucas Leiva this summer. The Brazilian holding midfielder ended his 10 year stay on Merseyside by joining Italian side Lazio. Mamadou Sakho made his loan spell at Crystal Palace permanent, leaving the Reds after four years with the Club. Academy graduates Andre Wisdom and Kevin Stewart also both left the Club on permanent deals to Derby County and Hull City respectively.

Liverpool’s Last Starting XI vs Tottenham (4-3-3)

GK: Simon Mignolet

DL: Alberto Moreno
DC: Dejan Lovren
DC: Joël Matip
DR: Joe Gomez

CM: Emre Can
CM: Jordan Henderson
CM: James Milner

RW: Philippe Coutinho
ST: Roberto Firmino
LW: Mohamed Salah

TEAM NEWS - TOWN

David Wagner will reveal the fitness of Elias Kachunga in his press conference after the forward was subbed off in last week’s victory over Manchester United with a back injury.

Collin Quaner has returned to full First Team training and could be in contention for the game. Philip Billing (ankle), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (knee), Michael Hefele (Achilles) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) are all still unavailable.

TEAM NEWS - LIVERPOOL

Liverpool will be without Sadio Mané for the game. The Senegalese international has a hamstring issue.

He joins Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne on the physio’s table, with the latter two being long-term injuries.

TICKET INFORMATION

Huddersfield Town sold out its full allocation for the Premier League match at Anfield.

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KIT

Huddersfield Town will wear the famous blue and white stripes at Anfield against Liverpool. The Terriers' shirts will also include a poppy. 

FAN INFORMATION

There will not be any trains running in or out of Huddersfield on Saturday 28 October. A replacement coach service has been made available to fans.

You can find out what routes will be effected by clicking here.

You can also travel to the game via the Huddersfield Town Official Supporter Coaches.

The coaches will leave the Club’s PPG Canalside Training Ground at 11:45 and are available for £15.

Please click here for more information.

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Match Reports

REPORT: LIVERPOOL 3-0 TOWN

28 October 2017

Despite a valiant effort which saw the match level at the break, Huddersfield Town couldn't hold out in the second half to prevent Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool from claiming all three points at Anfield.

Well-taken strikes from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum settled the encounter in which Town fought to an impressive extent but couldn't match the moments of quality needed to breach the home side's defensive ranks.

Saturday afternoon's trip to the red half of Merseyside, and to face a long-time close friend in Mr Klopp, resulted in David Wagner making just one change from the side that started in the magnificent victory over Manchester United last time around. Rajiv van La Parra slotted onto the right flank ahead of Elias Kachunga, whereas Collin Quaner was named amongst the substitutes on his return from a lengthy injury set-back (calf).

Liverpool's first real chance of creativity arrived in the form of a counter attack. Tom Ince's corner was cleared as far as Daniel Sturridge who turned defence into attack in the blink of an eye by caressing an accurate pass into the lane of the surging Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian touch seemed to get the better of him which therefore allowed Chris Löwe the chance to mop up effectively and deny any real threat of the break-away coming to any useful end product.

Alberto Moreno followed up by delivering a teasing low cross to the front post, again cleared sufficiently by Mathias Zanka who had covered well after reading the danger of Firmino's attempted flick from a late dash into the box.

Despite Town harrying the host out of possession on a number of occasions throughout the opening passages, it was to be the home side who continued to work the better openings. Two of the Reds' England Internationals in James Milner and Daniel Sturridge linked up innovatively; the latter thumping an effort into the ground which Jonas Lössl comfortably watched over his cross-bar.

Zanka would again be the hero to deny Sturridge with a firm standing block after the striker aimed to latch onto Egyptian International Mohamed Salah's pass towards the near post. Moments later, Salah had a sight of goal himself from the edge of the area, but Town's Danish custodian between the sticks was more than equal to the task of keeping the Terriers deservedly level up to that point of the contest.

Lössl would have to remain alert nonetheless to deny James Milner's curling effort bound for the far corner as a result of an inch-perfect cross-field pass from Jordan Henderson. However, the Terriers' shot stopper came up with arguably his best contribution of the encounter so far just minutes before the interval.

Referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty for a foul on Roberto Firmino in the midst of positional jostling around the far post. Mohammed Salah would step up as the man entrusted to put Jurgen Klopp's outfit ahead. However, the Egyptian fired straight down the middle to find a resilient, diving Lössl in the way which ultimately sent the Blue and Whites into the changing room buoyed and all square at the interval.

The stalemate would last for a mere 5 minutes into the second 45 before Liverpool took the lead. A loose defensive header from an attempted lob over the top of the Town defence fell gratefully to an un-marked Daniel Sturridge. The striker showed good composure to dink a cheeky effort over the sprawling Lössl, handing the home side a lead which it never really looked back on.

Sturridge would come agonisingly close to doubling his own and the Club's tally a matter of minutes after the opener, as Mathias Zanka heroically clambered back inside the six-yard box to slide away for a corner before any Red shirt could tap home into what would have been an empty net.

Disappointingly, that resulting corner paved the way for yet another set-back which predominantly made the hill too steep for the Terriers to climb in order to avoid defeat.

Sturridge's line-leading companion Firmino would add his own name to the score-sheet by powerfully heading home James Milner's swinging corner at the front post to give the host a relative amount of breathing space in the process.

Mohamed Salah aimed to make amends for his earlier penalty miss by displaying sharp agility to turn away from his marker and fire off a low, drilled effort which struck the post via a critical deflection from a Blue and White jersey.

By now, the home side had largely taken control of the contest, but the Terriers continued to keep the ball on the deck whilst knocking it around with a certain degree of upbeat purpose, all whilst the 2,000 or so Town supporters in one corner of Anfield remained in fine voice.

Cameroonian central-defender Joel Matip glanced wide from another set-piece delivery having found himself in an alarming amount of space to leap highest in and around the six-yard box.

Tom Ince fired over the bar from a central area on the edge of Simon Mignolet's 18-yard box from a direct free-kick; instigated by the tenacity of Jonathan Hogg in the engine room to keep driving Town forward in search of a reply to reduce the arrears.

But instead of the Terriers finding a way back into the match, Georginio Wijnaldum evaded multiple markers to blast home a third which virtually confirmed that Town would leave Anfield without reward.

Matip once again found space in the area from a corner scenario on the brink of injury-time, but the Reds' 32 nodded harmlessly over Jonas Lössl's bar to round off an afternoon's proceedings which would do little to harm the spirits of the Terriers' who failed to be outdone in regards to commitment, determination and desire; even in the face of adversity.

TOWN'S STARTING LINE-UP (4-2-3-1):
Jonas Lössl; Chris Löwe, Christopher Schindler, Mathias Zanka, Tommy Smith (c) (Florent Hadergjonaj, 69'); Danny Williams (Steve Mounie, 69'), Jonathan Hogg (c); Tom Ince, Aaron Mooy, Rajiv van La Parra (Elias Kachunga, 33'); Laurent Depoitre

UNUSED SUBS:
Robert Green, Scott Malone, Martin Cranie, Collin Quaner

ATTENDANCE:
53,268

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