Liverpool end winless run against Terriers

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Liverpool got back to winning ways with a 3-0 victory over high-flying Huddersfield in their Premier League clash at Anfield on Saturday.

Liverpool 3 Huddersfield 0
Salah misses first-half penalty
Sturridge opens the scoring
Firmino doubles the host’s lead
Wijnaldum wraps up the win

Match summary

After Mohammed Salah’s first-half penalty miss in which confusion surrounded the taker of the spot-kick, the Reds’ second-half exploits came as a sigh of relief.

Daniel Sturridge scored his first goal since August to open the scoring before Roberto Firmino added a second.

Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored a spectacular third 15 minutes before time to secure all three points.

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Full report

In a game of contrasting fortunes for both managers, who are best friends outside of the football world, it was set up to be an interesting encounter.

Following Huddersfield’s shock victory over Manchester United and Liverpool’s appalling defensive display in the game against Spurs – a win for the Terriers would have seen David Wagner’s side springboard above Jurgen Klopp’s more illustrious side.

Klopp hired Wagner during their time at Borussia Dortmund, as the club’s reserve coach and since his venture to England, Wagner has worked wonders with the un-fancied newly promoted outfit.

However, against the Reds, despite their glaring frailties, they never looked like walking away from Anfield with three points.

Dejan Lovren’s injury in the warm-up saw Ragnar Klavan deputise in defence and while the goal mouth action was limited, the Mohammed Salah penalty miss provided major talking points before the break.

The in-form Egyptian winger looked to have disobeyed management orders over who was the designated spot-kicker once Tommy Smith fouled Firmino and subsequently smashed a poor penalty straight at Jonas Lossl. Jordan Henderson also failed to find the net with the rebound, much to the dismay of an agitated Klopp on the sidelines.

However, the second-half brought more joy for the German and the demanding home supporters as Sturridge settled the nerves four minutes after the break with a composed finish past Lossl.

Ten minutes, later the lead was doubled through the tireless Firmino, when he got on the end of a James Milner corner.

With the Kop in full voice it was one way traffic thereon and Wijnaldum’s first goal of the season and seventh at Anfield was worth winning any game.

The final goal of the encounter after a swift Reds passing move saw the Dutchman lose his marker and smash an unstoppable shot in off the post from 16-yards out.

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