Huddersfield host Liverpool at John Smith’s Stadium this evening, with the game set to kick off at 5:30pm.
The Terriers are in the bottom three after playing eight games without a win. They’ve managed three draws: the most recent in their last game against Burnley. They have been unlucky in some of their games, and haven’t played all that badly. Goals could be their downfall this season, though. Nobody has scored less than the four goals David Wagner’s side have managed. If they could find goals from somewhere, they may have a chance of survival, but where they’ll find them is anybody’s guess.
Like Cardiff, not many have given Huddersfield a chance of staying up this season. The same was said last season and they proved everybody wrong, so their aim will be to manage it again. It does seem like their task may be more difficult this time around after their poor start to the season. It could be a long season for them.
If they’re going to get anything from today’s game, they’ll have to hope Liverpool have an off-day. Huddersfield will also have to defend for their lives because Liverpool can hurt you in so many ways. It’s going to be very difficult for the Terriers, but David Wagner will have a plan to keep Liverpool quiet. Whether his players can pull his plan off or not is another question, but they’ll hope to make things awkward for Liverpool for as long as possible.
Liverpool haven’t won in four games, bit when you take the quality of the opposition into account, the run isn’t all that bad. Draws against Chelsea and Manchester City in the league will be seen as decent results. Defeat by Chelsea in the Carabao Cup isn’t the end of the world, and the loss to Napoli in the Champions league can be made up for in games against Red Star Belgrade. They’re still doing alright. A win today is guaranteed to at least keep them joint-top of the table, so they’ll be hoping to continue their positive start.
The Reds are still unbeaten in the league, despite not playing all that well. It’s not like they’ve been poor either, because if they were they wouldn’t still be unbeaten. But they haven’t been as impressive as people have come to expect. Maybe this is positive, though, because if they’re getting good results now while not playing that well, imagine what their results will be like when they do!
This is a game Liverpool will be targeting a good performance in. It’s a game I picked out as a potential game for Mo Salah to score in and really get his season up and running. If he does get a couple against a Huddersfield defence that has leaked goals so far, he could really grow in confidence and start playing like the Salah we saw last season. Whether he scores or not, Liverpool should have far too much for Huddersfield and should win this game comfortably. It doesn’t always work out like that, but it would be surprising if the Reds didn’t get the win today.
Tommy Smith, Terrence Kongolo and Danny Williams will miss out, but Philip Billing and Isaac Mbenza should be available.
A few Liverpool players were injured while off on international duty. Virgil van Dijk and Mo Salah should be alright, but Sadio Mane is a doubt after having surgery on his thumb. Naby Keita and James Milner are out, while Adam Lallana may make the squad.
This could be a good game, but it could also be a rout. Expect Huddersfield to be very defensive and try to soak up Liverpool’s pressure. I can’t really see how Huddersfield can win this game, but Liverpool did drop a lot of points against the bottom three teams last season, so maybe the Terriers can take some hope from that. Liverpool hope they have removed that from their game, but we can’t say for definite that they have. We’ll learn more about them today.
The team news will be out at 4:30pm, and you’ll get that up here as well. I hope to watch the game, but I may not see every minute of it, so I likely won’t be talking about it on Twitter. Enjoy the game if you’re watching or going!
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