Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)
Liverpool face Huddersfield on Friday as the season draws to a close. Huddersfield Town of course have already been relegated whilst the Reds are fighting for the Premier League title. Friday’s fixture will be the 79th recorded fixture between the two sides and surprisingly Huddersfield have the better record in the tie with the Terriers winning 31 times whilst Liverpool have won on 30 occasions with 17 matches where the points have been split between the two sides.
With only three fixtures between the two sides in the last twenty years, rather than the ‘top five fixtures’ between the two sides, I’m going to be analysing the most recent three fixtures between the two sides…
20th October 2018: Huddersfield Town 0-1 Liverpool
It was a drab and dull affair when the two sides met in Yorkshire earlier on in the season and Liverpool ran out as winners.
The Reds were ahead after 24 minutes. Joe Gomez found Xherdan Shaqiri who slipped in Mo Salah and the Egyptian produced a beautiful finish to guide the ball into the back of the net.
That goal was the only goal of the game and it was a far from exhilarating performance from Liverpool but the job was done and there was no need to over-exert when David Wagner had set Huddersfield up to defend and we led the game 1-0 and seemed comfortable throughout.
The win ensured that Alisson had kept six clean sheets in his first nine Premier League fixtures, only Petr Cech kept more at the start of his Premier League career.
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30th January 2018: Huddersfield Town 0-3 Liverpool
Liverpool went to the John Smith’s Stadium in January 2018 and beat the terriers convincingly and it became thee 58th stadium that Liverpool had scored a Premier League goal in.
After 25 minutes, Liverpool were ahead. Emre Can, whose contract was slowly running out, scored with a superb strike from twenty-five yards to beat Lossl in the Huddersfield goal. The German Midfielder’s strike did deflect off Philip Billing on the way in but it was a terrific, thunderous effort by Can, nonetheless.
On the stroke of half-time Liverpool doubled their lead after a clever finish from Bobby Firmino! The Brazilian drove the by-line and made it look like he was going to square the ball across the face of goal but instead beat Jonas Lossl at his near post.
Sadio Mane and James Milner both came close to getting Liverpool’s third but it was Salah who got it with the Egyptian scoring from the spot after Emre Can was bundled to the ground by Phillip Billing. Mo sent Lossl the wrong way to confirm a 3-0 victory for LFC.
28thOctober 2017: Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield Town
This fixture was the first game between the two sides in nineteen years and was the first time Huddersfield had come to Anfield since 1971. Old friends faced each other as Jurgen Klopp came head-to-head with David Wagner.
After a goalless first half, where Mohamed Salah missed a penalty, Liverpool found themselves ahead in the 50th minute of the game through Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge finished superbly, lofting the ball over Lossl after Tommy Smith’s headed clearance fell straight to Sturridge. The goal seemed to give Liverpool a huge boost and the attack was in full flow from this point, after a disappointing first half of football from the Reds.
Eight minutes after Sturridge had put the Reds ahead, Firmino doubled Liverpool’s lead, heading home from a James Milner corner. The game was put to bed with twenty five minutes to go when Gini Wijnaldum finished superbly, smashing the ball passed Lossl to confirm the three points.
Liverpool are expected to win on Friday night and continue the push for LFC’s first ever Premier League title. Jan Stewart’s side only have fourteen points this season and have been struggling for goals all season so this weekend’s fixture should be one of Liverpool’s easiest of the season.
However, do not underestimate Huddersfield, as no game is plain sailing in the Premier League
Up the Reds!
Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)