By Dan Butterfield
Already relegated Huddersfield Town travel to high flying Liverpool tonight with the aim of securing a shock result.
Two months to the day since the Terriers won their last points, a 1-0 home victory against Wolves, Huddersfield fans will be forgiven for not having much hope as they head to Merseyside.
The reds on the other hand, head into the game on the back of nine straight wins in all competitions. With Liverpool needing to win to keep their title hopes alive, the pressure will be firmly on Jurgen Klopp’s men which may play into the hands of Huddersfield.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 13 games against the West Yorkshire side, a run that stretches all the way back to 1959. Huddersfield haven’t even managed to score against the reds since 1962, an 8 game run.
Since Huddersfield’s promotion back to the Premier League in 2016/17, Liverpool have had 3 convincing victories, back to back 3-0 triumphs last season and a comfortable 1-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the campaign.
Liverpool’s triumph over Cardiff last weekend means that the top six teams have won all 33 of their Premier League matches versus the current bottom three teams in the table this season, a top-flight record.
Huddersfield only have one new injury concern from last weekend, midfielder Jonathan Hogg who limped off before half time in last weekends defeat at home to Leicester.
Laurent Depoitre and Adama Diakhaby have an outside chance of making their comebacks from injury on Friday night.
Liverpool look unlikely to risk Brazilian midfielder, Fabinho, after he was taken off just five minutes after coming on against Cardiff with a head injury. Joe Gomez may earn his first start since December as he continues his comeback from a leg fracture.
With Liverpool travelling to Barcelona in midweek for their Champions League semi final, it is expected that Klopp may make changes and that star names such as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane may not be risked. This could give chances to fringe players such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge.
Huddersfield defender Terence Kongolo had this to say about tonight game. “Liverpool have to win this game, but for us, for everyone at Huddersfield Town, the fans, the people working, everyone wants to win this game.”
Jurgen Klopp had this to say in his pre-match conference. “You only need to think about the competitive games at Fulham, Southampton and Cardiff to realise that to win games in the Premier League you need to be at your very best for 90-plus minutes or you fall short. Nothing less than your everything will do.”