As it happened: LFC 5-0 Huddersfield

Premier League
Friday 26 April 2019 - 8:00 pm
Anfield
Liverpool5
0Huddersfield
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⚽️ Keïta1'
⚽️ Mane23'
⚽️ Salah45'
65'↔️ Mounie off, Löwe on
⚽️ Mane66'
Sturridge off, Shaqiri on ↔️73'
Wijnaldum off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on ↔️73'
81'↔️ Stankovic off, Pritchard on
⚽️ Salah83'
Alexander-Arnold off, Gomez on ↔️88'
88'↔️ Mbenza off, Kachunga on
Possession %
7030
Total Shots
215
Shots on Target
71
Shots Blocked
22
Offside
24
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There's a storm approaching Anfield this Friday evening but Kopites will still be hoping for a golden sky at the end of this impressive season.

The weather could get a bit wet with Storm Hannah barging in off the Irish Sea later this evening.  Jurgen Klopp was said to be disappointed with the dryness of the pitch at Cardiff last week - that is unlikely to be an issue this evening.

A Liverpool win would take us on to 91 points in the Premier League - no team has ever finished second with such a tally in England's top division.

With Man City enjoying the narrowest of league leads, Jurgen Klopp has re-iterated his motivation that Liverpool keep the men from Manchester honest by taking the Premier League battle all the way to the final league game in two weeks time.

After tonight's game, Liverpool will have to switch focus to another massive game - a European Cup semi final in the Nou Camp.

Chasing both the title and European Cup at the end of April?  That's the Liverpool I remember.

Follow the game with us below.

As it happened...

17:59 UK
How it stands at the top

Two hours until kick off

With 3 games left to go Man City hold two distinctive numerical advantages.

They have one point more than the reds (89 v 88) but also a better goal difference (67 v 59). 

That 8 goal difference is effectively 9 as they have scored more than the reds - Liverpool having the better defence of the two teams.

After tonight's game, Man City travel to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

18:55 UK
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ends his year away

He will be included in tonight's squad.

He has been out for exactly 1 year and 2 days - forced off in the 18th minute of LFC's 5-2 win v AS Roma in last seasons European Cup semi-final.

18:58 UK
100 up for Mo Salah?

Mo Salah will make his 100th appearance for the reds.  He is currently on 67 goals.  He needs one more to equal the record for most goals in his opening 100 games.

Both Roger Hunt and Sam Raybould scored 68 goals in their first 100 matches.

19:01 UK
Two changes

Lovren in for Matip and Sturridge in for Firmino who is not in the matchday squad....

19:02 UK
Confirmed team

Roberto Firmino out with that muscle strain.

Team: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah, Sturridge.

Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Origi, Matip.

19:03 UK

Fabinho you may remember came on as sub v Cardiff last weekend before heading straight back off after a clash of heads.

He misses out due to that clash of heads.

19:14 UK
Terriers bring back top scorer

Karlan Grant is back in the team for Huddersfield

1. Jonas Lössl
2. Tommy Smith
5. Terence Kongolo
6. Jonathan Hogg
7. Juninho Bacuna
16. Karlan Grant
18. Isaac Mbenza
24. Steve Mounié
26. Christopher Schindler (c)
27. Jon Gorenc Stanković
37. Erik Durm

Substitutes
Joel Coleman; Elias Kachunga, Adama Diakhaby, Chris Löwe, Alex Pritchard, Mathias Zanka, Matty Daly

19:16 UK
Klopp had to remember what to call Oxlade-Chamberlain

Klopp talks about the player returning after a year out

"Unbelievable. We had to think about when we wrote the names on the teamsheet today how we call him. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, there are a lot of options obviously – Alex, Ox, Chambo, whatever! It’s that long ago.

“It’s really nice, it’s really good news that he’s back. He has been back for a while and now today back in the squad, so it’s cool – really cool.”

19:54 UK

Loud cheers at Anfield as the teamsheet is read out and pauses for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's name.

Five minutes to go.

20:01 UK
KICK OFF

Underway

20:02 UK
GOAL

My word.  Naby Keita's SCORED in about the 15th second!

20:05 UK

4' Corner now for Huddersfield....

Easily defended by the reds.

20:07 UK

6' Well after that whirlwind start, Huddersfield having a little bit of possession themselves now!

20:10 UK

20:18 UK
Narrowly over

17' Reds get a chance from a corner but van Dijk heads over.

20:25 UK
GOAL!!!

23' The reds can breathe a bit easier now.  SADIO MANE heads in - assisted by Andy Robertson!

That's 2-0.

20:30 UK

30' Chance for Sturridge who has a crack from the edge of the area.  Goes over the bar.

20:44 UK
Chance

43' Intricate work from the reds in and around the box - it falls back out to Henderson....

Over the bar.

20:48 UK
GOAL

45+1 Just before half time.  MO SALAH with his 68th goal coming in his 100th Liverpool appearance.  He's equalled the record we mentioned before the game.  Can he go one better.

HALF TIME

Liverpool 3-0 Huddersfield

21:03 UK
SECOND HALF

We're back on it reds.

Liverpool kicking towards the Kop.

21:08 UK
Chance

49' Looks like that ball was coming over for Sturridge, but Mane tries to latch on to it.  Ite ends up over the bar.

21:08 UK

50' Bit of a strange fall there and a moment of concern as Virgil van Dijk looks like he's done something serious.

He's back up though to much applause!!

21:12 UK
Offside

56' Alexander-Arnold crosses it in and Sturridge puts it away but is offside.

21:17 UK

59' Sturridge cedes possession a little bit too easily there in the middle.

We're approaching the time that substitutes could start to get involved.

21:18 UK

60' Naby Keita's earned himself some space here - he's approaching the box - he pulls the trigger and it just goes wide.

Looking for more goals.

21:20 UK
BOOSH!

62' Some chance there for Salah who smashes one from the edge of the road.  Thought it was in.  Side netting.

21:24 UK
GOAL

66' Sadio Mane adds his second goal.  And Liverpool's fourth. Henderson sends it in and another header for Sadio Mane.

21:32 UK
SUBS

73' Sturrige and Wijnaldum go off.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are on!

21:34 UK

77' Good feet by Oxlade-Chamberlain in the box, he's turned his man, but he can't deliver the knockout blow.

21:36 UK

Almost a hat-trick for Mane.  Shaqiri crosses to the back post but Mane's header rebounds off the post!

21:40 UK

81' Into the last ten minutes now. 

Liverpool are heading on to 91 points and are going back to the top of the league.  At least until Sunday anyway.

Still looking for more goals.

21:42 UK
GOAL

82' It's MO SALAH again.  Andy Robertson provides the cross and Salah with an easy touch to tap in.  His 21st Premier League goal of the season and a record breaking 69th goal in 100 games for the reds.

21:43 UK

'Liverpool top of the league' comes the chant from the Kop.

21:45 UK
FINAL SUB

90+ Joe Gomez on for Trent AA.

21:55 UK
FULL TIME

Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield Town

Liverpool move on to 91 points - a club record.

A very professional performance.

22:01 UK

22:09 UK
Klopp post match

Jurgen Klopp saying how he thought the reds had scored too early.  Basically that it created problems because the players might have thought this was going to be a walk in the park.

It eventually was, but it took the reds about 10 minute to get their heads back together.

Klopp says he didn't mention goal difference to his players.  He said before the game that he would be happy with a 1-0 and 3 points.

22:13 UK
Klopp now turns focus to Barcelona

‘I haven’t thought about Barcelona for one second up until now.

In my life I’ve probably watched them 100 times but we start now.

We have 5 days. It’s enough time to rest, prepare and recover. Let’s try it.'

22:19 UK
That's all for now

Thanks for joining us.  A full weekend ahead now and fingers and toes crossed.

You just never know...

Barcelona up next. At the Nou Camp.



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