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    Huddersfield Town 0-3 Liverpool


    Mohamed Salah was on target once again as Liverpool bounced back after successive defeats with a comfortable victory over Huddersfield Town.

    The Egyptian international's 26th goal of a prolific season helped to complete a league double over The Terriers after Emre Can and Roberto Firmino had given the visitors a 2-0 half-time lead.

    Liverpool went into the game having lost at Swansea eight days earlier, while the club were also dumped out of the FA Cup at the weekend when West Brom caused a 3-2 upset at Anfield.

    The importance of Tuesday's match had increased in light of recent results but Jurgen Klopp opted to rest his £75 million January signing Virgil van Dijk with Sunday's home game against Tottenham Hotspur in mind.

    Huddersfield gave a good account of themselves the early stages but fell behind when Emre Can scored from a ferocious 30-yard half-volley that deflected off Philip Billing on its way into the bottom-corner.

    The visitors then doubled their lead in first-half stoppage-time, with Roberto Firmino producing a nonchalant finish from a tight angle which deceived goalkeeper Jonas Lossl at his near-post.

    Although Liverpool dominated the match with 75 per cent of the possession, it was the home side who created arguably the better chances in the first-half but neither top-scorer Laurent Depoitre or left-back Chris Lowe were able to capitalise.

    Belgian international Depoitre nearly gave The Terriers a 17th-minute lead when his side-footed strike was pushed away by Loris Karius from 12 yards, while Lowe's free-kick later in the half sailed inches wide of the far-post.

    The Reds maintained their territorial advantage after the break and had chances to further extend their lead but neither James Milner or Sadio Mane were able to provide the finishing touches.

    Milner produced a 25-yard strike that was tipped over the crossbar by Lossl, before Sadio Mane headed narrowly wide midway through the half when he was picked-out by a pinpoint cross from Emre Can.

    Liverpool finally put the match to bed with 12 minutes remaining after Can was bundled over by Philip Billing inside the Huddersfield penalty area, which handed top-scorer Salah the opportunity to score his 26th goal of the campaign.

    The former Roma winger made amends for his penalty miss last October in the reverse fixture at Anfield as he stroked the ball past Lossl in unerring fashion with his trusted left-foot.

    Although Klopp's side never produced their best form throughout the match, they were still good value for their 3-0 victory which could prove to be invaluable in their pursuit of a place in next season's Champions League.

    The Reds move ahead of fourth-place Chelsea on goal-difference after Antonio Conte's side were beaten by Bournemouth on Wednesday, while the club also remain two points clear of Sunday's opponents Tottenham.

    Huddersfield, meanwhile, will be very aware that easier battles lie ahead as they attempt to remain in the Premier League for another season, with matches against Bournemouth and West Brom on the horizon.

    The Terriers, who fell from 14th to 17th in the league table after the midweek set of fixtures, return to action on Saturday when they travel to Old Trafford to play second-place Manchester United.
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