Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield Town
Premier League, Anfield
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Sturridge 50′ (no assist)
Firmino 58′ (assist – Milner)
Wijnaldum 75′ (assist – Salah)
Jurgen Klopp opted to make just two changes to the team that had lost so comprehensively at Tottenham last time out, with Emre Can on the bench and Philippe Coutinho injured. But an injury in the pre-match warm-up saw Dejan Lovren eventually drop out in place of Ragnar Klavan.
The game soon took up a familiar pattern, with Huddersfield happy to cede possession to Liverpool, who proceeded to struggle to create chances and instead passed side to side in midfield repeatedly.
It took 27 minutes for a first shot on target, but Mohamed Salah failed to get the power required to beat Jonas Lossl.
A poor, staid first-half burst to life when Liverpool were awarded a penalty just before half-time for a shirt pull on Roberto Firmino by Town captain Tommy Smith.
But Salah’s penalty was saved low down by Lossl, with Jordan Henderson then failing to convert the rebound. It was a pretty poor penalty, but questions will be asked as to why James Milner wasn’t taking it.
- Lovren injured in warm-up
- Salah hits poor penalty that’s saved
- Sturridge opens scoring
- Firmino and Wijnaldum make it comfortable
The deadlock was broken five minutes into the second half when Daniel Sturridge produced a calm, classy finish after a mistake in the Huddersfield defence.
It was 2-0 shortly after, when – believe it or not – Liverpool scored from a corner! Firmino heading in from close range from James Milner‘s corner from the left side.
Liverpool looked buoyed and almost found a third through Salah. He produced a lovely turn and shot but the keeper saved well down by the post.
It was 3-0 in the 75th minute, Gini Wijnaldum fired high past the keeper at the near post.
It was a much-improved second-half performance and a much-needed three points for the Reds.
TIA Man of the Match: Daniel Sturridge
Referee: Kevin Friend
Next Match: Maribor (H) – Wednesday, November 1 – Champions League