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26 April 2019



26 April 2019

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Jan Siewert on the 5-0 defeat at Anfield on the Friday Night Football

- Jan Siewert reflects on his players' performance with pride
- Head Coach discusses Terriers' response to going behind inside 15 seconds
- Listen to Jan Siewert's full interview on #HTTV

Town Head Coach Jan Siewert looked back on the evening's contest with Liverpool in positive fashion as his men, once again, battled to the end despite being undone by Liverpool's quality in the final third on five separate occasions.

The home crowd were off their seats within 15 seconds of Kevin Friend blowing his whistle for proceedings to commence, as Naby Keita stole in to dispossess Jon Gorenc Stanković before taking the match by the scruff of the neck via the post.

In fairness, the task at hand was steep even before the clash took shape on a blustery Merseyside Friday night, but despite going behind, Town showed an excellent liveliness and willingness to attack in the face of adversity; a trait that had Siewert full of praise for his players.

"It was hard for us after the first minute, but I have to back my players and I have to back Jon Stanković, because for me, he is an outstanding character.

“I have to protect all of my players because it would have been easy to go on the back foot directly, but we because of pressing we had decent opportunities and created possibilities."

"I'm really proud (of the response to going 1-0 down). It would've been easier to sit back and put our helmets on, but they could've also punished us then because they are top of the table, with big quality.

“It made me really proud because there were so many elements which were good, and of course the overall result means it's hard to take, and I feel sorry for the players, but their performances will lead to results."

"I feel sorry for my players because they punished themselves, but this is a thing what has to get out of their minds, and next season will be different."

Liverpool have been in scintillating form throughout the campaign as they seek to capture the Premier League crown, and although Town drew a blank compared to the hosts five, those from HD1 huffed and puffed to at least reduce the arrears in a contest which Klopp's side had truthfully had the better of.

"The idea of attacking is integrated in me, and obviously Jürgen proved his idea tonight and there were two teams both on the front foot, so big, big credit to both teams.

“When you saw how our supporters reacted when we were on the front foot because we pressed high and won the ball back high up the field, it really impressed me."

Siewert rounded off by acknowledging the effect of the Huddersfield Town faithful and gave an update as to the condition of Aaron Mooy, who missed the encounter through a knock sustained in training.

"Big, big credit to Jürgen and what he is doing here at Liverpool. We all know they could punish us, but for me as a Head Coach, you need to look at the elements, and I saw how our supporters reacted when we created our chances. This is amazing for me and it makes me very proud."

"He wasn't close to playing, as he had a problem with a hip rotator. He will have a scan and hopefully it is good news for Aaron."

You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV!

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