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Huddersfield 0-1 Liverpool
by James Nalton
at John Smith’s Stadium
LIVERPOOL are level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League thanks to a Mohamed Salah goal which gave them the narrowest of victories at Huddersfield.
A good performance from Xherdan Shaqiri helped Jurgen Klopp’s side to victory, and it was the Swiss who played the perfect pass into the path of Salah who was able to sneak his right-footed shot in off the far post.
“It was nice,” Klopp said of the goal, withholding his usual superlatives, in fitting with a scrappy game.
“Shaq did well with a good pass and good movement. Nice run, nice finish, all good.”
Huddersfield boss David Wagner rued his team’s bad luck. They could have had a penalty when James Milner handled the ball, and also created a couple of good chances through their own attacking play.
One goal was ruled out for offside, Jonathan Hogg’s shot hit the post, Laurent Depoitre should have done better with a header, and Steve Mounie fired over following a mix-up in the Liverpool defence. But even after all that, Huddersfield remain without a goal at home this season.
“If it’s a case that luck over the season will even out, then we will have a lot of luck in next 29 games. We are looking forward to them,” said Wagner.
“This is the truth that we have problems to score goals. It’s also the truth as well that we can perform at a very high level.”
While Liverpool and their supporters would consider their side’s performance a poor one, a lot of this was forced upon them by their opponents. Huddersfield attempted to match Liverpool’s pressing, which made for plenty of sloppy play in midfield as neither side gave the other time on the ball.
“I saw a very good Huddersfield side, and an outstanding atmosphere in that situation which is exceptional,” added Klopp.
“After that game everyone knows how good they are and how good they will be. I prefer [to win] the spectacular way, but I will take that today, completely.”
His side face Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League this week, while Huddersfield prepare for a trip to Watford next weekend.
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