Liverpool were forced to dig deep to maintain their unbeaten start in the Premier League with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield, but the performance left fans frustrated.
Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool
Premier League, John Smith’s Stadium
October 20, 2018
Goals: Salah 23′
Liverpool, again, were far from their best against Huddersfield but a moment of class from Mohamed Salah sealed all three points in a game where sloppiness reigned supreme.
The Reds opted for a change of personnel following the international break and the lack of cohesion amongst the squad was apparent, where late pressure from the hosts ensured the seventh league win of the season was anything but straightforward.
However, the result maintains Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the campaign, and keeps them level on points with Man City at the top.
Here’s how supporters reacted to the result on social media and our forums.
Fans were overjoyed by the game-defining quality from Salah…
It was at this exact stage of last season that Mo Salah came back from a big goal with Egypt to set his #LFC career alight. That finish with his old swagger suggests he believes it could happen again…
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) October 20, 2018
Salah scores. He’s a proper player not a flash in the pan. All goal-scorers, however good they are, go through spells where it doesn’t happen for them.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 20, 2018
Drought? What drought? Great ball from Shaqiri, perfect finish from Mo Salah.
— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) October 20, 2018
To all those managers who got rid of Salah… ? #FPL pic.twitter.com/E6YlqaJmJR
— Jules Breach (@julesbreach) October 20, 2018
A historic defensive performance was the standout for many…
Van Dijk MOTM all day for me…made one mistake but our Defence won us the 3pts in the end. Did not miss a single header against a very big team. #LFC #LIVERPOOL #HUDLIV
— Liverpoolzy (@Liverpool_zy) October 20, 2018
Far from fluid, or pretty, or particularly good from #LFC. They were lucky – an element even the best teams need at times. Result means the Reds match their best-ever points haul after nine PL games (23) as well as record their greatest defensive start (just three conceded)
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) October 20, 2018
3 points on the road with a clean sheet. Liverpool have picked up at least 12 points this season playing horribly, which in one sense is a huge plus that we keep winning games without hitting top form. 90 mins for Sturridge, a big plus.
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) October 20, 2018
Clean sheet means Liverpool set a new club record. They've only conceded 3 goals in their first 9 league games
— Tony Pro (@Homa10i) October 20, 2018
Liverpool's goal difference over their last 38 league games is +61.
This is a new record for the club in the PL era.
They have taken 85 points from those 38 games – a new record for Klopp, and two shy of the club's PL record.
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) October 20, 2018
I Love Clean Sheets. As a Liverpool fan it's great having a defence you can trust. Long may it continue
— Champions of World ?????? (@pboro5times) October 20, 2018
Fans aired frustration over Liverpool’s lack of control, but maintained perspective on the bigger picture…
Not sure I’ve been that angry during a Liverpool win since that 3-2 at QPR under Brendan Rodgers. Really lacklustre, sloppy stuff from the Reds today. Against a better side they would dropped two, possibly all three points. Anyway, a win’s a win. I’m off to have my dinner.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) October 20, 2018
Careless,scrappy,bity,inconsistent,wasteful at times lack of final ball,poor finishing, what more can we add????Oh 3 UGLY points!Blood pressure is well and truly UP!!!!by the way out support was ?
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) October 20, 2018
“The only good thing about this is that with a win, it is league winning form…play shite but still win…not fun to watch though…”
– StEtiennesLeftBoot on the forums.
At least no-one can say LFC only win when they play well, these days.
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) October 20, 2018
Didn’t play especially well. More nervy than it should’ve been. Wasteful in the final third. But 3 points and another clean sheet. Story of the season so far.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) October 20, 2018
Thought toady would be tough after international disruption and injuries, against much fresher Huddersfield, but rarely seen LFC pass the ball so badly. Too many flicks, Cruyff turns and slack passes. Horrible. But joint top of the table!
— Paul Tomkins (@paul_tomkins) October 20, 2018
“We should be absolutely delighted. Look we’re level on points at the top and can’t keep playing like this but things will change and we will get our form back. Winning and playing bad. We never usually do that. Keep the faith reds. YNWA.”
– Paul Clapperton on Facebook.
All well and good taking three points from a rubbish performance, but a better side today and Liverpool would’ve been ripped apart. Huge improvement needed.
— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) October 20, 2018
A win’s a win but that was painful.
— Jimmy (@EntireDesign_) October 20, 2018
Disjointed performance but three more priceless points. Another of those games Liverpool would've drawn or lost a couple of years ago.
Man of the Match: Shaqiri.
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) October 20, 2018