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Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk at Anfield seemed to have done more to his squad than what he has done the whole week in training, as a lacklustre Liverpool side managed to pull off a tremendous result against a well-drilled Huddersfield Town side on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah missed a penalty in the first-half and it all looked gloomy as Liverpool went into half-time break at 0-0. However, Daniel Sturridge marked a rare league start with the 100th goal of his career, as he broke the deadlock, just a few minutes into the second half. Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum also joined the act as Liverpool managed a 3-0 victory, keeping their home form intact.
Here’s how the Liverpool players fared on the night:
Had literally nothing to do on probably one of the easiest nights for the Belgian.
One of the best players for Liverpool as he constantly won the ball back and was an ever-present figure for his team.
Should have got a couple of goals from corners but had a rather comfortable night at the back.
Saw a lot of the ball and was hardly tested as the Terriers failed to put together any attack of note.
Stuck to his task well and made a number of interceptions as Liverpool played without a natural winger ahead of him.
Created a couple of half chances but was just too lethargic in possession for most periods in the game.
Put in a solid shift in the middle of the park and also picked up the assist for Firmino’s goal.
A thunderous strike capped off a solid performance for the Dutchman, who was hard to catch all night, with his swift turns and runs.
His pace was too hot to handle at times but the Terriers did extremely well to keep him away from scoring. Missed a penalty which might haunt him for days.
The man of the match for Liverpool, Firmino, won an early penalty, played a role in Sturridge’s opener and also found the back of the net, in what was a perfect outing for the Brazilian.
Though not too effective in build-up play, he was at the right place, at the right time, and helped Liverpool score their first goal, with a cool finish.
Looks a Liverpool player more and more by the day as he put in the hard yards when the visitors started to wither.
Came on to add mettle to the midfield and did well to keep the pressure on Huddersfield Town.
Was bright and energetic in the final few minutes of the game.