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Liverpool vs Huddersfield Preview
Liverpool will look for a quick and easy win when they welcome relegated Huddersfield to Anfield in the Premier League on Friday night.
The Reds are set to face Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semifinals over two legs within seven days next week. Between those matches is an away trip to Newcastle as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to win the Premier League for the first time.
Thus, a home game to Huddersfield offers the Reds boss a perfect opportunity to rotate key players and rest others if they can wrap up the game quickly. The Merseyside club are currently at the top of the table with 88 points from 35 games. They lead Manchester City by two points, who have a game in hand.
Therefore, it is imperative for Liverpool to keep winning games and hope Pep Guardiola’s side drops points before the end of the season. While the PL is not in their hands, the UCL is.
Winning the semifinals against Barcelona will result in a final against Ajax or Tottenham. In either case, the Reds would be favorites considering they completed the double over Tottenham this season in the league and also have reached the final last season.
However, it is essential for the players to focus on Huddersfield first and continue their excellent home record.
Meanwhile, Huddersfield’s season is already done. The Terriers are already relegated and languish in 20th spot with 14 points from 35 games. They have let in 69 goals so far at a rate of almost two goals per game.
Huddersfield have already sacked David Wagner this season, and current manager Jan Siewert joined the club in January. The German is already preparing for life in the Championship and will look for performances to ascertain which players should be kept next season.
Liverpool have a fully-fit squad with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fit as well. Fabinho was withdrawn due to concussion protocols after he took a knock to his head against Cardiff. However, he is expected to be fine for the match.
Joe Gomez came on as a substitute in the last two games and could get a start against Huddersfield, especially with the hectic seven days coming up next week. Dejan Lovren is once again fit after battling illness last week.
For the Terriers, Laurent Depoitre could return along with Adama Diakhaby. Jonathan Hogg has a knock and could be touch and go for the Anfield game. The rest of the squad is available for Siewert to choose from.
Liverpool vs Huddersfield Prediction
Liverpool have won each of their last three meetings for a combined scoreline of 7-0. Further, the Terriers are the weakest attacking side in league with just 20 goals scored this season. Therefore, the Reds can be confident of securing a clean sheet, especially at home.
While the reverse fixture was a close one with Klopp’s men winning 1-0, Huddersfield have lost 12 of their last 13 games and are in a wretched run of form. Meanwhile, Liverpool are in red-hot form, winning each of their last nine games.
Thus, the best Liverpool team of the PL era playing at Anfield under lights against a relegated Huddersfield should result only in one outcome, irrespective of the team Klopp decides to play. Also, the total goals scored in this game will be less than four.
Total Goals: Under 4 @ 1.95 at Pinnacle Sports
Liverpool Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita; Salah, Mane Firmino
Huddersfield Predicted XI: Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm; Kachunga, Bacuna, Hogg, Lowe; Mooy, Grant