The fallout from a horrific week in the life of a Liverpool fan continues as the Reds take on David Wagner and his Huddersfield team at the John Smith’s Stadium. After the 1-0 defeat away to Swansea and the 3-2 loss at Anfield to West Brom, Liverpool will be absolutely desperate to get three points under their belt and avoid yet another complete January capitulation. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with this week’s Match Preview. Match-day 25? Into these.
DATE: JANUARY 30th 2018
WHERE: THE JOHN SMITH’S STADIUM
WHO: HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS LIVERPOOL
TIME: 20:00PM (GMT)
REFEREE: KEVIN FRIEND
Daniel Sturridge has left Liverpool for West Brom on a loan deal until the end of the season, so is obviously unavailable. However, Jordan Henderson looks to be back in business after injury, with the captain coming on for the last part of the West Brom game and looking like one of our better players on the day.
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Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan join Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Bogdan on the confirmed injury list, with Lallana sustaining a ‘little tear’ in his thigh. Apart from that, anything goes for the Reds this Tuesday.
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New signing Terence Kongolo could be available for the Terriers this Tuesday, but David Wagner may have to postpone the Dutchman’s league debut due to fitness issues but there is an outside chance he plays. Danny Williams was forced off for Huddersfield on the weekend so is unlikely to be risked against Liverpool. Martin Cranie is the only other injury concern for David Wagner, as Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Elias Kachunga are both still sidelined.
With the Reds seemingly losing their will to play well, and Emre Can being a complete dick about his contract situation (and being given the captaincy FOR SOME REASON), the Liverpool side is difficult to predict in it’s entirety. There are a lot of what ifs and a lot of talk on Twitter of people starting over others based on one person’s opinion. However, the Reds will field an XI that is a strong as possible here, with Loris Karius coming back in for Simon Mignolet after a horrendous display from the Belgian against West Brom.Embed from Getty Images
After Joel Matip’s own goal against West Brom, I’d love to see how a partnership between Degsy Lovren and Virgil van Dijk would pan out, so for me, the Croatian starts. I’d have Andy Robertson come back in for Alberto Moreno, with the Spaniard’s defensive inability being exposed yet again against the Baggies, and Liverpool’s number 26 has really been in a purple patch of form recently.
Joining Jordan Henderson in midfield, it’ll probably be Emre Can and Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain, with Emre obviously having some naked photos of Jurgen Klopp ensuring his continued presence in the starting lineup and Ox has been on a tear lately. These three lads playing behind our usual front three.
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.
Huddersfield: Jonas Lossl, Scott Malone, Christopher Schindler, Zanka, Tommy Smith; Aaron Mooy, Johnathan Hogg, Rajiv Van La Parra, Alex Pritchard, Tom Ince; Laurent Depoitre.
After disappointing results plaguing the Reds twice in a week, Liverpool will be looking forward to trying to get back on track. Despite the two losses, Liverpool have scored 17 goals in their last 7 games in all competitions, and hold a 3-0 win in their history over Tuesday’s opponents from earlier this season.
Huddersfield come into the game 14th in the league, with no wins in their last six Premier League games. They’ll be trying to replicate West Brom’s and Swasnea’s successes against Liverpool.
The Key Battle: Emre Can vs The Liverpool Fans
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Teasing us with the fact that he might sign a new contract, then deciding definitely not to sign the contract, with Jurgen Klopp confirming that the German midfielder will run down his contract at the club. It’s going to be a tough ask for the Liverpool faithful not to turn their backs on the German, and if he wants to keep the fans on side during his last six months at the club then he needs to be putting in impressive shifts and not being a pansy leader without a speck of respect for the club. If he continues to be naff, catch me grabbing a pint in Glasgow and giving a good ol’ Scottish kiss to Kieran Tierney.
What Klopp Said:
JK on Henderson being back: “It’s important, we need all the boys. Hendo did really well when he came on, like Milly did. They brought some fresh ideas and confidence. They showed up.”
JK: “I don’t look ahead four or five weeks and think games are important. Every game is important. But because the view from outside we wasted three points, now people think it is more important”
JK on form: “We can’t afford anymore bad games. 100%. They were really harsh defeats for us. We have to show what we can do again. We can learn from the defeats. We need to get back on track tomorrow night.”
JK: “It was only two games ago we had an 18-game unbeaten run. Now everything feels different. That’s true. It’s very important (we feel it). The defeats felt really harsh, that’s good. We have to show immediately now we understood what happened in those two games.”
JK: “We watched the goals back (against WBA). I showed the goals where we could have defended better. It wasn’t just about centre-backs. If we had better positions on the field the Rodriguez goals don’t happen.”
JK on Huddersfield: “Usually I don’t talk about an opponent but I’ll make an exception for Dave (Wagner). They are doing really brilliant, they are in a group that is fighting for (staying in) the league.”
Klopp on penalties: “There’s 4 or 5 players who think they should take them. They stay behind at the end of training to practice. Firmino is the main taker at the moment. It doesn’t need to become a problem.”
It is essential that the Reds bounce back after the last week, literally everyone has lost their head and something needs to calm the fanbase. Hopefully, a routine and effective win will settle everyone’s nerve with the Reds coming out 3-0 victors once again over the Terriers. Let’s just hope, eh? (Plus we’re not even signing anyone and I am slightly miffed at that but I love the Reds and here we are.)