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    Huddersfield Town vs Liverpool Match Preview


    Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back after a difficult week when they travel to the John Smith's Stadium to play Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night.

    Jurgen Klopp's side had been on an 18-match unbeaten run before they lost 1-0 against bottom-club Swansea eights days ago, while West Brom subsequently caused a huge upset by knocking The Reds out of the FA Cup.

    The fixture once again reunites Jurgen Klopp and his former protégé David Wagner, with the two having worked together at Borussia Dortmund when Klopp was manager and Wagner coached the reserve team.

    Huddersfield Town

    Huddersfield enjoyed a spectacular start to 2017-18 with back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Newcastle, while the club consolidated a sticky-patch with a famous 2-1 win over Manchester United in October.

    The Terriers went into that match against the Red Devils on a run of three draws and three defeats from their previous six matches, yet managed to upset the odds courtesy of first-half strikes from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre.

    Three months on and David Wagner's side find themselves in an identical situation, with three points and no victories from their last six games and the daunting prospect of a home fixture against another of the giants of English football.

    The club had occupied 11th-place in the table, prior to a 4-1 home defeat against West Ham on January 13, although a third successive defeat a week later at Stoke only served as a means of ramping up the pressure ahead of tonight's clash.

    Wagner's team haven't beaten Liverpool since 1959 and that sequence was extended further when the sides met in October, with Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum scoring in a 3-0 victory.

    Huddersfield are only two points and four positions ahead of 18th-place Southampton although the Saints, along with many of the other clubs fighting against relegation, have a vastly superior goal-difference to that of The Terriers.

    Laurent Depoitre and Steve Mounie are the club's joint-top scorers with five apiece in all competitions, although only Swansea (15) and Brighton (17) have scored fewer than the 19 goals that Huddersfield have scored this campaign.

    Liverpool

    Liverpool's 3-0 win over Huddersfield in October was the perfect way to respond to a 4-1 humbling against Tottenham at Wembley eight days earlier, while it signalled the start of an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions.

    That purple-patch came to an abrupt end eight days ago as bottom-club Swansea caused one of the biggest upsets of the season with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of Alfie Mawson's first-half strike and the visitors' profligacy in front of goal.

    It appeared as though an FA Cup fourth-round tie at Anfield was the perfect opportunity for the club to return to winning ways but, having led 1-0, three first-half goals for an inspired West Brom side turned the match on its head.

    It remains to be seen whether The Reds can bounce back from a similar setback tonight, just as they did against Huddersfield in October, or whether their opponents can inflict a third successive defeat on Klopp's team.

    Liverpool suffered that very same fate against Championship side Wolves in the FA Cup, almost a year ago to the day, which coincidently occurred just a week after a defeat against Swansea in the Premier League.

    Only a 4-0 victory would elevate The Reds up to third in the table above Chelsea, while a draw or defeat, coupled with a Tottenham win against Manchester United on Wednesday, would knock Klopp's side out of the top-four.

    Liverpool, who have a mouth-watering clash to look forward to on Sunday when Tottenham visit Anfield, may opt to rest several key players for tonight's clash against Huddersfield while casting half-an-eye on the weekend ahead.

    Huddersfied Town Team News

    David Wagner will name a similar team to the one which suffered a 2-0 defeat against Stoke 10 days ago after he picked a weakened line-up in the fourth-round of the FA Cup against Birmingham City.

    Danny Williams suffered a dead leg at the weekend and will need to undergo a late fitness test in order to feature, while Terence Kongolo sustained a knock in the same match but is expected to recover in time.

    Former Barnsley defender Martin Craine, who hasn't been in a matchday squad since New Year's Day, will also be assessed ahead of kick-off after a spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

    Defenders Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Elias Kachunga remain out-of-action, however, due to respective knee injuries, with Slovenian Stankovic having missed the entire season and Kachunga not expected to return for another month.

    Liverpool Team News

    Jurgen Klopp may choose to rest several first-team players ahead of the visit of Tottenham on Sunday, with new £75 million signing Virgil van Dijk likely to be one of the players to miss out.

    That would mean a recall for Dejan Lovren, who has recently lost his place in the side, while James Milner and Jordan Henderson are also expected to return to the starting XI having appeared as substitutes at the weekend.

    Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan, who both have muscle problems, are likely to return to action on Sunday, although Nathaniel Clyne is still some weeks away from a comeback having missed the entire season with a back problem.

    Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge has played his last match in a Liverpool shirt in 2017-18, with second-bottom West Brom completing a loan deal to sign the England striker until the end of the campaign.

    Head-to-head

    Huddersfield, rather surprisingly, have the superiority in matches against Liverpool, although the two clubs only met once in-between The Terriers' relegation from the top-flight in 1972 and their subsequent promotion in 2017.

    The Yorkshire side famously beat Liverpool 1-0 at Leeds Road back in 1959, with the then-Huddersfield manager Bill Shankly resigning from his position three days later in order to fill the hot seat at Anfield.

    Liverpool are unbeaten in the subsequent 11 encounters against Tuesday's opponents, with their most recent victories coming in an FA Cup tie in December 1999 and in a league match last October.

    They trail in the overall head-to-head, however, with Huddersfield winning 30, drawing 17 and losing only 27 of the 74 meetings between the two teams in all competitions since the inaugural meeting in 1920.

    Score Prediction

    Huddersfield Town 1-3 Liverpool
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