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Liverpool-Huddersfield Town Preview
Perhaps a visit to relegation zone-dweller Huddersfield Town will help Liverpool return to their winning ways within the Premier League. Even if Jurgen Klopp's group is somewhat short-handed.
The Reds will try for their first top-flight triumph in almost a month when they face the winless Town on Saturday at John Smith's Stadium.
By no means are Liverpool (6-2-0) in any sort of trouble within the Premier League, but they have posted just one goal whilst recording back-to-back draws with Chelsea and Manchester City prior to the international break. Each of those three teams own a league-best 20 points, with Man City first, the Blues second and Liverpool third in the table based on goal differential.
The Reds' last league victory came against Southampton on Sept. 22.
"I look around at the quality of the people we've got coming on in games and people who are even on the bench," captain Jordan Henderson told Liverpool's official website. "It's strong, and that can only be a plus for us, hopefully. But every game is difficult in the Premier League and every team seems to be getting better every year.
"That makes it difficult to win it, but we've come leaps and bounds over the last couple of years, and we're in position now where we can really challenge. It's down to us to go out there and do the business every weekend."
The Reds, who are also looking to build on last season's success in the Champions League, might have to show more of that talented depth this weekend. Star forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah each suffered injuries during the recent international break.
Mane, the team leader with four league goals, endured a hand injury that required surgery and reportedly will likely sideline him this weekend. Reports also suggest Mane could need roughly three months to properly recover, though he should still be able to play.
Salah, meanwhile, was hurt playing for Egypt over the break, but his potential absence Saturday reportedly could be more of a precaution than anything else.
Liverpool, which posted two 3-0 victories over Huddersfield to do the double last season, should not have any reason to believe they can't be as successful against the Town again this campaign - even without two of their bigger names for this contest.
One of three teams still minus a victory in the Premier League, the Terriers (0-3-5) sit atop the drop zone, two points from safety. They've scored just four goals in the league, but one came during a 1-1 draw at Burnley on Oct. 6.
A result that at least gave them some confidence heading into the break.
"Every performance gives you belief," manager David Wagner said during his Thursday press conference courtesy of Huddersfield's official Twitter account. "We've performed consistently over the last few weeks. Now, the next part of the season starts with this amazing game in front of us.
"Every game is a new chance; a new opportunity and we have one at home on Saturday. We know that we fight to stay in the Premier League. We have the feeling we are competitive and even though we haven't had the best start, everything is tight around us. So, game on!"
Updated October 18, 2018