LIVERPOOL returned to winning ways at Huddersfield on Tuesday night, where goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and a Mohamed Salah penalty saw off a struggling Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers hosted Liverpool in a top-flight encounter for the first time in 46 years but will have been disappointed to see a repeat of the 3-0 loss they suffered at Anfield in October.
“That was the reaction we needed to show,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as his side recovered from having lost their last two games.
“Everyone saw it wasn’t brilliant, not our best game so far, but it was deserved in the end.”
Can opened the scoring with a bullet of a half-volley from outside the area, which took a deflection on its way to the bottom corner. It was a much improved display from the German and the rest of Klopp’s midfield, with the manager also singling out Jordan Henderson for praise.
“Jordan Henderson is a very good footballer,” said Klopp.
“He is an England national player, our skipper and maybe the skipper of England. How can he not be a brilliant player?
“If someone doesn’t see his value, what can I do? I’m happy that he’s back.”
When Firmino traversed along the goal line in first half injury-time, before finishing at the near post past Jonas Lossl, the game was all but won. Salah scored from the spot after Can was fouled by Philip Billing to make sure of the points.
“It was hard work and the guys worked hard as well, but it was a deserved defeat. The team with more quality has won today,” said Terriers boss David Wagner.
Huddersfield came close through Laurent Depoitre and a Chris Lowe free-kick whistled by the post, but they were unable to get back into the game in the second half.
“We lift our heads, meet tomorrow morning for work and prepare for Manchester United,” said their manager David Wagner.
“Old Trafford, the theatre of dreams. Huddersfield Town plays against Manchester United in a competitive game. One year ago, no-one thought this would be happening and we have this on Saturday.”
Klopp hopes his best friend and former teammate’s side remain at this level, not least because of the easy travel arrangements.
“I would love to come here again because we can come on the bus, we don’t have to fly. So, Huddersfield, stay in the league.”
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