Match Preview: Huddersfield Town vs. Liverpool

After the second international break of the season concludes, it is time for Liverpool’s Premier League campaign to resume. The Anfield Talk’s Logan (@kidddlogan) previews Liverpool’s match-up with Huddersfield Town.

Who: Huddersfield Town vs. Liverpool

When: Saturday, 20 October

Where: John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

Time: 17:30 GMT, 12:30 EST

TV: BT Sport 1, NBC

Liverpool concluded the end of their seven-game stretch against Manchester City two weeks ago. They managed to get through the stretch with one defeat, but the reds are definitely not up to par as the team was last season.

 

The defence against Manchester City came up huge on several occasions. Alisson had several outstanding saves when he was called into action late on in the game. The tactics that he used against Riyad Mahrez before he took the spot kick was brilliant and lead to the missed penalty. Also, a huge shout out to the best goalkeeping coach in the world, John Achterberg, for the instructions as to where Mahrez would miss the penalty.

 

Although the Brazilian did not get much game time while on international duty, expect Alisson to continue his fine run of form that he had going before the break…

 

The centre-back duo of  Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk brought back glimpses of the old Liverpool towards the end of last season. Lovren was back to his risky, but effective self as he made very questionable challenges that miraculously worked in favor of the reds. Van Dijk was his usual self against City, but he did give up that silly penalty against Leroy Sané. Combined, they were able to shut down the City attack from having too many dangerous chances.

 

Both men participated for their respective countries while on duty. Lovren played rather well for Croatia despite only appearing two times since he has been back from injury.

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Van Dijk, on the other hand, was an absolute machine. He was able to lead the Dutch to a victory over the Germans and added a goal for good measures. Although he had an injury concern, he should be in contention for Saturday’s match-up.

 

Andy Robertson and Joe Gomez were both rather decent against City. Robbo did exceptionally well shutting down Mahrez and Bernardo Silva. He was able to close the gaps really well and his ability to get back on defence was exceptional. Gomez filled in for the rested Trent Alexander-Arnold and he did rather well playing out of position. He was able to control Raheem Sterling and keep him quiet all game.

 

Andy Robbo, the Scotland captain, did not fare too well during international duty. His side lost both games against Israel and Portugal, but he did put on a good performance against both teams.

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Gomez performed exceptionally against Spain on Monday. He was able to shut down the Spanish attack when called upon, which could see him make a few more appearances in the near future.

 

The midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Gini Wijnaldum was dominated by the City midfield. Having two number sixes in the same midfield was abysmal. The City XI were easily able to win the ball of the trio. When Milner was forced off for a hamstring injury, Naby Keita did not do much better. He was lackluster and not dominant enough to take over the game.    

 

Henderson did alright in his appearance against Croatia. His ability to recover the ball was decent but other than that he was average.

 

Milner proved his superhuman powers by miraculously recovering from the leg injury in ample time.

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Wijnaldum was fantastic for the Dutch when they faced Germany. He was all over the pitch and was continually winning the ball back. He even added a brilliant goal which sealed the Germans’ fate.

 

The front three of Bobby Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah have not gotten into top gear thus far. They have not had that final touch that they had seemingly all of last season. The touch will soon come and the rest of the league needs to watch out when it does come around.

 

Firmino did not get much playing time for Brazil, but he will be eager to get his mojo back within the Liverpool squad.

 

Sadio Mane is questionable for Saturday after he underwent a procedure for a broken thumb during the week.

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Salah has been upgraded to probable to feature on Saturday after being subbed off for a rumoured thigh injury.

 

Liverpool Team News

 

Expect van Dijk to feature Saturday after not playing against Belgium due to injury.

 

Both Adam Lallana and James Milner are in contention for Saturday after they both recovered from injury this week.

 

Both Mane and Salah have been tipped to play on Saturday, but don’t be surprised if either of them gets rested.

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Last time out, Huddersfield drew with Burnley 1-1 on a rather boring day. The Terriers were able to equalise in the form of a Christopher Schindler goal to steal a point at Turf Moor.

 

The back line and goalkeeper of the Terriers will have to be nearly perfect if they want to salvage a point from the reds. Although the front three still has not reached their full potential, they will want to jump-start their season so the back line of the Terriers will have to wary of the Liverpool attack.

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The midfield will have to be massive in order to try and get a result. Aaron Mooy will have to be his absolute best in order to attempt to win the midfield battle. The best option for the Terriers would be to sit back and shut down the gaps in order to keep the Liverpool attackers from finding the free areas.

 

The forwards of Huddersfield will not have much to do in the final third. Striker, Laurent Depoitre will need to be able to link up with the midfield in order to relieve the pressure that will be present from Liverpool’s high press. Depoitre will also need to play outlet for the Terriers in order to find a way to break the press and potentially get a shot in behind.

 

Huddersfield Team News

 

David Wagner announced that Terence Kongolo, Tommy Smith, and Danny Williams will all miss out on the action on Saturday due to injury.

 

Isaac Mbenza is questionable after there were signs of fluid present in his knee.

 

Previous Meeting

 

The last time that these two teams met was in January. Liverpool won that meeting at the John Smith Stadium 3-0.

 

Prediction

 

I think that the reds will be able to get their attack back on track and win 4-0.

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