28 Apr Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Match Report, 26/04/2019, Premier League
Liverpool transferred back over Manchester City in the Premier League table since they thrashed Huddersfield Town on Friday.
Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah equally scored twice afterwards Naby Keita’s quick opener as Liverpool thumped Huddersfield Town 5-0 to return to the peak of the Premier League table.
Following Manchester City took over in the summit after their success at Old Trafford on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp’s side responded impressively to put the pressure back on Pep Guardiola’s side — that confront Burnley on Sunday — at the title race.
The Reds did not need to wait to take the direct on Friday, Keita tucking in Liverpool’s quickest ever Premier League goal after only 15 minutes, until Mane’s fine header doubled their benefit.
Salah obtained in on the action on the stroke of half-time along with the Egypt forward doubled his tally later Mane had led home a second of his own, the duo assisting Liverpool send a message out before the Champions League clash with Barcelona.
3 – Mohamed Salah has come to be just the third Liverpool player to score 20+ Premier League goals in consecutive seasons for the club, even following Robbie Fowler (1994-95 and 1995-96) and Luis Suárez (2012-13 and 2013-14). Greats. #LIVHUD pic.twitter.com/4I7SVmNclS
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Any doubts on the way Liverpool would respond to being usurped by City were quickly throw aside, Keita taking advantage of Jon Gorenc Stankovic’s mistake when he slotted off the inside of a pole.
Huddersfield reacted brightly — Stankovic and Isaac Mbenza wasting adequate chances — but Liverpool had their instant when Mane led from Andrew Robertson’s brilliant cross at the 23rd moment.
Liverpool’s first-half rout was finished in additional time, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s inch-perfect pass putting up Salah, who made no mistake with a delicate end over the progressing Jonas Lossl.
Having gone with a looping effort soon after the restart, Mane doubled his tally with another excellent header at the 66th moment.
Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain — making his initial appearance in 367 times – could have completed a fairytale comeback from harm if not to get a nice save by Lossl, while the article denied Mane that a hat-trick of headed goals.
Determined not to be outdone by his team-partner, Salah helped himself to his next with seven minutes remaining, including additional gloss to a exceptional functionality.
What exactly does it imply? City contested again
Having made it seven league wins in a row, Liverpool are in rod once again. Guardiola should rally his City players for what’s guaranteed to be a challenging test at Turf Moor, although the target difference between both has also been decreased using the Reds’ landslide win.
At the meantime, Liverpool’s attention will change to Wednesday’s trip to Camp Nou, but using their celebrity forward in such fine shape, as well as their defence imperious, their fantasies of a double could become a reality.
Friendly contest driving forward
It is apparently a case of’anything you can do, I could do better’ involving Salah and Mane, that are currently on 21 and 20 Premier League targets respectively. The duo sit at the top two places in the race to the Golden Boot.
Siewert’s naivety prices Terriers
Huddersfield were unlikely to find a result on the street, and while they did show flashes of promise moving forward occasionally, Jan Siewert’s daring gameplan of playing out of the trunk against Liverpool’s fighting game was immediately exposed.
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– Liverpool have made 50 points in Anfield at 2018-19, their best ever tally at home in a Premier League season (formerly 49 at 2013-14).
– The Reds have won 10 successive games in all competitions, their greatest winning streak because May 2006 if they won 11 on the rebound.
– Huddersfield have lost 28 Premier League matches this year – they’ve never dropped more in one Football League effort in the club’s foundation (too 28 at 1987-88 at the second tier).
– No defender at Premier League history has helped more goals in one season in the contest than Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson (11). He’s par using Leighton Baines (2010-11) and Andy Hinchcliffe (1994-95).
– Mohamed Salah has come to be just the third Liverpool player to score 20 or even more Premier League goals in consecutive seasons for the club, following Robbie Fowler (1994-95 and 1995-96) and Luis Suarez (2012-13 and 2013-14).
What is next?
it’s the little matter of a semi-final initial leg from Barcelona for Liverpool, who subsequently keep their league run-in off at Newcastle United. Huddersfield, meanwhile, host Manchester United in their penultimate fixture of the effort.