What We Learnt: Huddersfield 0, Liverpool 3

Can (26′), Firmino (46′), Salah (Pen, 78′)

The Reds bounced back as they badly need to tonight with a relatively comfortable there goal victory at Huddersfield. First half goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino set Liverpool on their way before a late penalty by Mo Salah sealed the deal. The Anfield Talk’s Ronan (@ronan_orourke) takes us through what we learnt from this relatively uneventful evening?

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What Panic?
If Twitter was anything to go by, the Liverpool apocalypse had taken place over the last week. We might as well have packed up and gone home would have been the conclusion if an alien had dropped in on planet earth to observe the Twitter football world. Yes it was “only” Huddersfield tonight, but lest we forget that United lost there earlier in the season. It was certainly a potential banana skin.

Obviously we would all like a signing or two to come in before the window closes tomorrow but even if they don’t, all we can do is take the rest of the season as it is. During the Roy Hodgson era, I could  understand a meltdown but in this current climate… I am not having it. Bring on the rest of the season I say!

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Don’t Forgot Hendo…
The forever derided Jordan Henderson, who must have skin as thick as an alligator, once again showed why he is so integral to the overall shape and tempo of this Liverpool team. There always seems to be a more general air of calm when Hendo is marshaling the troops in the middle of the park. He isn’t always making defense splitting passes but football in his position is about so much more than that.

The skipper gave a timely reminder once again tonight that we should stop taking him for granted once and for all.

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…Or Milner
Speaking of undervalued members of the squad, “Boring” James Milner again brought a massive dose of stability to a team that badly needed it. He worked efficiently alongside Henderson to impose a sense of control in the central areas which allowed the always frustrating Emre Can to do what he does best and roam like a headless chicken and score a screamer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana will both be pushing for midfield starts this weekend but the apparent dull presence of James Milner should never be considered a bad thing. He even took Mo Salah’s insistence on taking the penalty very well when instructions clearly seemed to be that Milner was on spot kick duty. No ego in Milner though, all about the team.

So there you have it, an almost routine win for the Reds ahead of the massive showdown with Spurs at Anfield on Sunday. The front 3 had a relatively quiet game and yet all of them were directly involved in a goal. We can’t ask much for more than that. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip also had a fairly trouble free evening with Lovren surely in line for a redemption start on Sunday now alongside Virgil van Dijk. There is a long way to go still but with Arsenal also losing at Swansea today the chance to establish a firm grip on a top 4 spot will be huge on Sunday.  I cannot wait!

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