Mohamed Salah scored his first goal in five club games as Liverpool laboured to a hard-fought 1-0 win over struggling Huddersfield.
Liverpool were once again far from being at their best. However, unlike the previous seasons, the Reds once again managed to take all the points from a game where they clearly struggled. Their only shot on target all match proved to be the winner as Salah latched on to Xherdan Shaqiri’s through ball (24) to score his 50th goal in English football.
The result means Liverpool move back up to second behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference while Huddersfield remain in 19th on three points.
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Hit by several injuries, Jurgen Klopp named Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge in the starting lineup. And the Reds clearly struggled to start the game on a strong note. They particularly struggled to test the home side in the final third. But minutes before the half-hour mark, Shaqiri found Salah in a pocket of space before the Egyptian poked it across Jonas Lossl to score his fourth goal of the season.
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Huddersfield soon came agonisingly close to scoring the equaliser when Hogg’s fierce strike from 25 yards hit the post. Huddersfield continued to pile pressure but luck deserted them. They will feel they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball brushed both James Milner’s thigh and hand. Soon, they saw a goal ruled out for offside when Alex Pritchard found the back of the net with a good finish.
After the break, a header from Laurent Depoitre forced Alisson into his only save of the match 10 minutes into the second half. The second half did not produce any eye-catching chance from either of the teams. Salah had the chance to put the game to the bed but he stroked his effort wide of the far post.
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The home side also had the chance to equaliser with just ten minutes remaining. However, after Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren failed to clear a cross, Steve Mounie could only fire over from 10 yards out as Liverpool held on to walk away with all the points.
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