After a disappointing couple games over the past week, it was to Yorkshire for the Reds as they took on Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium. The Anfield Talk’s Sam (@sam_TurnerLFC) takes a look at the game with his Match Report.
Liverpool managed to get over their sudden downturn in form as they comfortably dispatched 14th placed Huddersfield Town 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and top scorer Mohamed Salah meant that Klopp’s team brought themselves level on points with Chelsea in 3rd and at the same time moving 5 points clear of Spurs in 5th (who play Manchester United tomorrow evening) and 8 points clear of Arsenal in 6th who lost 3-1 to Swansea City tonight.Embed from Getty Images
The build up to the game saw the most negative atmosphere among Liverpool fans online in years. The two defeats to bottom three teams, especially being knocked out of the FA Cup in the process, combined with no signings having been made or likely to be made meant that there was a very real feeling that our season was already over. I still maintain that this is a justified feeling as, despite this victory, our squad is still not strong enough to compete (in the midfield area specifically). But that’s something for another article.
Tonight was the time for the players to step up…in a big way. The tension was reduced in a big way when, midway through the first half, Emre Can’s long range effort deflected off a Huddersfield defender and past Jonas Lossl in goal. It was a much needed goal for the German midfielder as he was one of the most heavily criticised players in the previous two defeats. It doesn’t seem like he is suited to the captaincy. Not that it matters much as he is most likely off at the end of the season anyway. More quality midfielders are most definitely needed, now and in the future.Embed from Getty Images
Some good work down the left allowed Firmino to run towards goal and somehow, someway the brilliant Brazilian managed to squeeze the ball in of the near post to double the Reds’ lead. This was some nice football and reminiscent of the kind of play that was seen before the West Brom and Swansea games. All we need is reinforcements to bolster this play when things aren’t going our way, ideally in the midfield area.
Other than a good save from Loris Karius to keep his clean sheet intact there was not much to say of the opponents attacking wise. The second half was very similar to the first as the Reds continued to tick along and look for another goal to put any fears of a comeback to rest. The third goal eventually came in the form of a Mo Salah penalty. Emre Can was brought down in the area and the Egyptian stepped up to cool slot away his 19th Premier League goal of the season. If he gets injured then we’ll be in trouble, this is why I think we need reinforcements in the midfield area.Embed from Getty Images
From then the opposition had nothing in terms of attacking threat and the clock ticked down to nothing and the three points were confirmed. Spurs at Anfield next. Sign someone Liverpool. Please.