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Match Preview: Liverpool versus Huddersfield

Liverpool must forget about City and focus on the task in hand – Huddersfield’s visit to Anfield, writes @sam0007ster.

Jürgen Klopp’s men just need to win, win and win some more. If 97 points are not enough to clinch a 19th league title, so be it.

The Reds host Huddersfield on Friday night hoping to make it 10 wins on the spin. The Terriers, meanwhile, are searching for their first win in seven games.

If the last encounter between the two sides is anything to go by it will be far from plain sailing for the Redmen.

Huddersfield may already be relegated but only one goal – scored by Mohamed Salah – could separate the two sides when they met at the John Smith’s Stadium way back in October.

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The importance of positivity

This is perhaps (and probably is) the best Liverpool side of the Premier League era. Klopp’s message has always been clear: stay positive and soak up every moment of this scintillating football team.

Whilst Manchester City have been knocked out of Europe for the second consecutive season, Liverpool have a semi-final against Barcelona.

The race for the league title is also far from over – City’s win on Wednesday night did not clinch anything. There are certainly some exciting fixtures ahead and now, more than ever, momentum is key.

The Reds can go two points clear at the top of the league with a win on Friday and pile all the pressure back onto the Cityzens. Pep Guardiola’s side travels to Burnley on Sunday.

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Team news

After sustaining what looked to be a nasty head injury against Cardiff last week, Fabinho is set to be available. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain may well make his long-awaited return to the field as well, but Klopp will surely err on the side of caution.

Joe Gomez is fully fit once again, but the imperious form of Joel Matip means the young Englishman will struggle to stake a claim for a starting berth.

Dejan Lovren had an unspecified bout of illness which meant he missed the second-leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Portugal.

Sam’s predicted line-up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Keïta; Mané, Firmino, Salah.

KO: 8:00PM UK time.

Sam Patterson
A writer and admin for @LFCTransferRoom and a postgrad history student. Passionate about sport and its promotion on social media platforms. I own a personal Twitter account, also about all things LFC, @sam0007ster, you may know it.

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