P.H.E.W. That was painful, even infuriating at times, but in the end, Liverpool came away with a 1-0 win against Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium to stay joint-top of the Premier League. Mo Salah’s 24th-minute goal, set up by Xherdan Shaqiri, was enough for Klopp’s men to win on an evening where their opponents were industrious, but often just not good enough to break open what was a rather fragile rearguard.
Klopp surprised everyone from the off, as both Bobby Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum were relegated to the bench, meaning starting spots for Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana – the latter’s first Premier League start since New Year’s Day, and his first competitive appearance since a rather forgettable Kyiv evening a few months ago. Xherdan Shaqiri also started, in Sadio Mané’s absence. The bigger surprise though was that Lallana started on the left wing, with Shaqiri playing through the middle.
From the first minute, Liverpool were rather tedious to watch, as an energetic Huddersfield side enthused their fans by closing down every Liverpool touch that was made. Lallana was understandably rusty, and there were a few instances of a breakdown in communication between him and Sturridge. James Milner, having made a miraculous recovery from injury, also looked well off the pace in midfield.
It was going to take a moment of sheer quality for the game to open up, and that is what happened midway through the first half. Gomez was found by a cross-field pass from Milner. He brought it down on his chest and strode forward, before pinging one through the lines into the feet of Shaqiri. The Swiss had time to turn and play a perfectly-weighted through-ball to Salah. Liverpool’s Egyptian King hadn’t scored in six away games before this, but he broke that duck, with a sweet right-footed finish past Jonas Lossl and into the far side-netting.
If anyone expected a stroll beyond that point, they were completely mistaken, as the dreaded Dejan showed up at Huddersfield tonight. This is the Dejan Lovren that Liverpool fans love to hate. He was awful positionally, he was being bullied by Laurent Depoitre, he was running in to win balls that weren’t there to win, thereby leaving space in his defensive area, that had to be covered by the brilliant Joe Gomez, who barely put a foot wrong all evening.
Jonathan Hogg gave the Reds an almighty scare later in the first half, as he picked up a loose ball a few yards outside the area, and unleashed a right-footed strike that had Alisson sprawling but ended up hitting the post, as the Reds had a lucky break.
Whenever Huddersfield were being put under the slightest notion of pressure though, they stumbled. The begs the question as to why Liverpool sat off their opposition as much as they did. Admittedly, Sturridge hasn’t always been one to give too much for the pressing and other defensive aspects of the game, but the top three distance-runners in the game were Milner, Shaqiri and Lallana. So maybe, it was just that the press wasn’t very successful?
Whatever it was, the second half only got even more tedious to watch. Huddersfield barely conjured up a presentable threat to Alisson’s goal, with their only presentable opportunity being fluffed by Mounie late in the game. Even that didn’t come through a great play of their own but was gifted to them. Across from the right should’ve been dealt with by Virgil van Dijk, but he kicked air and let the ball go through. Then Lovren tried to flick the ball away from behind him, but instead got hit on his backside by the ball. It fell kindly to Mounie who skewed his shot well over Alisson’s goal.
The counter-attacking in the second half was as bad as Liverpool have possibly been under Klopp. Every time the Reds had an opportunity, they either made the wrong decision or didn’t execute the final pass right. At the end that didn’t hurt them though, due to the quality of the opposition. With all due respect to the work David Wagner has done at Huddersfield, this is among the worst sides in recent Premier League history.
They say winning ugly is the stuff of champions, and maybe it’s true. But now, this pattern of Liverpool performances is becoming as worrying as it is ugly. At some point, Jurgen’s counter-attacking Reds must show up. It began against Eastern European opposition last season. In the week, at Anfield, against Eastern European opposition would be a nice place to restart, then?Thefootballfaithful.com Below Article
Liam Coyle has explained the experience of being an Academy player given the opportunity to train at Melwood under Jürgen Klopp.
During the international break, the 18-year-old joined a host of young players included in sessions at the first-team complex.
The Scouser missed a large part of 2017-18 due to injury and is now determined to make up for lost time with Neil Critchley’s U23 squad.
Coyle will hope for a starting berth when they host Derby County at the Kirkby Academy on Sunday afternoon – a match you can watch live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO with kick-off set for 1pm BST.
Ahead of the game, read his thoughts on the Melwood experience, fighting for a place, and cheering on Harry Wilson…
On a return to action this term after spending the majority of 2017-18 on the treatment table…
It feels great for me to be back involved with the team. I’m training hard every day to try to get myself back into the U23s team.
On training at Melwood during the international break…
It’s always a really good experience. You see the intensity and the level go up instantly, so it’s a lot harder but you have to get used to it as hopefully that is where you are going to be one day. You have got to not let it faze you too much. You have just got to play your game and not worry about it. It’s great seeing the manager, shaking his hand and speaking to him but once you are on the football pitch you’ve just got to do what you do. I don’t think you can get ahead of yourself just because you’ve been to Melwood once or twice. This week I was up at Melwood for two days and then back in Kirkby, so I’ve just got to do the same at the Academy that I did up at Melwood and keep working hard.
On his fight for a place in the starting XI at U23 level…
I’ve just got to keep working hard in training every day and show people what I can do, like I’ve always done for years and just try to let my football do the talking.
On playing a key role in the U19s’ 5-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Youth League…
That was my first proper start in a while and it was good for me personally to get the opportunity. We got off to a good start and played really well and were all over them really. They have got some good players as well but we played well on the day.
On facing Derby in Premier League 2 at the Kirkby Academy on Sunday…
I always enjoy playing here, especially on the front pitch. We are at home and we want to work hard, keep trying to impress and hopefully get the win.
On the stunning free-kicks scored by Wilson recently for Derby and Wales…
I’m not as close to Harry as he has a few years ahead of me but even so, I’ve trained with Harry and played alongside him and when you see him score goals like he has it’s a proud moment for the club and the Academy, as well as Harry himself. Me and the lads are really buzzing for him.
Neil Critchley is not surprised about the impact made by on-loan winger Harry Wilson, who netted another free-kick to remember for Wales in midweek.
After an incredible set-piece strike against Manchester United at Old Trafford, he fired home the winner in his country’s clash with Republic of Ireland.
Ahead of Liverpool U23s’ meeting with Derby County in Premier League 2 on Sunday afternoon, Critchley spoke warmly about Wilson and the progress of other hopefuls in his squad...
Kick-off at the Kirkby Academy is at 1pm BST and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO.
On Wilson’s loan at Derby County and his stunning free-kicks for club and country…
The one at Old Trafford was a special goal and it was one of those wow moments. It was like, ‘Did that just happen?’ It took your breath away and it was unbelievable quality. He backed that up with another fantastic goal for his country in midweek which was also the winning goal. We were absolutely delighted for him. Harry is making a bit of a habit of it, which is not a bad habit to have! He’s performing really well for Derby County and hopefully he will have a really good season for them. Harry has developed this type of free-kick over the past couple of years and he has it in him. Before training and after training Harry was always practising free-kicks and with the way he hits it and the way the ball moves so fast, he gives the goalkeepers a real problem. Credit to him because he is doing it on the big stage for club and country.
We have always known about Harry’s ability and maybe it has taken him a bit longer to develop that, but that’s fine and that’s development, sometimes it does take a little bit longer for some players. Harry has matured massively in the last 18 to 24 months and that’s credit to the work that has gone on previously with the coaches at the Academy and the first team as well. Harry is on a good pathway at the moment and he won’t be happy with what he is just doing at the moment because he wants more. With the ability he has got as well as his attitude and his focus I’d hope in the next few years he will go on to have a really good career for us hopefully.
On the 2018-19 campaign so far…
I don’t think the results have reflected the performance levels that we’ve shown in quite a lot of the games, and I don’t think there has been a big difference in the level of performance from last season to this one. I just don’t think we have been clinical enough in front of goal and we are missing that final bit, but I’ve been really pleased with how the boys have played in the majority of the games apart from one game when we let ourselves down. There have been lots of positives and I’ve been pleased with the attitude and the way the boys have approached the games. I just don’t think we have picked up enough points as we have probably deserved.
On an excellent outing in their last Premier League 2 game at Chelsea…
I thought we were excellent in the first half. We created a lot of chances and we took them, which was the big difference compared with previous games. We were very clinical on the counter-attack but in the second half we had to withstand a lot of pressure and I felt we could have defended a lot better as a team. We conceded too many chances for my liking but it was nice for the boys to pick up a victory and to have that winning feeling in the dressing room after the game. We have played better in some of the other games and lost but the boys warranted and merited that victory for their previous performances.
On why he remains confident the team will soon embark on a winning run…
If we play the way we have been playing then the results will always take care of themselves, but we are always after performance and if the players are performing and progressing, improving and taking on board the things we are speaking with them about then the result takes care of itself. If we can maintain our level of performance I would expect us to win more games than we lose this season.
On the importance of always having a good attitude on and off the pitch…
We speak about it a lot, especially to this group of players. Having psychological stamina between the ages of 18 and 23 is hugely important. There’s plenty of ups and downs and we have to create habits that are going to be consistent for the rest of their careers. That is big from Alex [Inglethorpe] right through the Academy, developing those habits that hopefully they will go on to play for our first team. If they don’t then we are going to give them an opportunity to have a career somewhere else, but we are trying to give them habits that are going to be right for them whether they go on loan, whether they stay here or go somewhere else. So their attitude and their mindset are absolutely key. I would say that is one of, if not the most important thing at this age. Their mentality has to be spot-on every day.
On the promising development of full-backs Adam Lewis and Neco Williams…
Both have made progress. Adam is older than Neco and has probably had more exposure at U23 level, but they are still both really young and have plenty to improve and to work on. We are here to help them and they both know where they are at. They have things to achieve and look forward to but they also have other players behind them who are challenging for their positions. They are well aware of that and at the moment they haven’t achieved anything in a way they want to get to, so there’s lots for them to do at the moment.
On Bobby Adekanye’s form and fitness after picking up an injury against Napoli…
Bobby has been fantastic for us this season and has been a real threat in every game. I think he has improved massively since he has been at the club. He is brilliant to work with and he has had plenty of downs but he’s been on an up so far this season. We missed him in our last game in the cup at West Bromwich Albion. He’s still got a bit of an ankle issue which saw him come off against Napoli, which was unfortunate for him after scoring our goal, so he might not be ready for the game against Derby County on Sunday, which would be a big blow for him and for us.
On facing Derby at the Kirkby Academy on Sunday…
I love playing here. I’ve said it before, I’m a bit biased but our setting at the front and the pitch is arguably one of the best in the country. The players enjoy playing here as well. Derby always give us a tough game but hopefully if we play like we know we can then we can get a good result. Derby have given us some tough games over the years and they won here a couple of seasons ago. They beat us away last season and we had to work really hard when we won 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers. Derby have got some excellent players and they are really well coached, so we are going to have to work very hard and anything we get from the game on Sunday will be well earned.
On Liam Millar and Glen McAuley trying to replicate their prolific U18 goalscoring form at U23 level…
It takes a little bit of time to adapt always when somebody steps up. I think you’ve seen that from a lot of the players and it just takes that little bit of time. As the ages go up the level gets a bit better, the standard becomes better and it gets harder. We have to just keep believing in the process that we have, keep practising with them and make sure the boys remain focused with what they are trying to achieve and eventually hopefully their ability will shine. I think they have shown it in glimpses but I think both players would say they have got a bit to do and prove themselves as well.
On the importance of Liam Coyle in the U23s squad…
Liam has been here at the Academy for a long time. He is a Scouser, he is a Liverpool player and it’s great for us to have him in our squad and around the Academy, because I think he epitomises everything you would want in one of our own players. He hasn’t played as many minutes at U23 level as he would have liked so far this season for different circumstances but he is going to be a really important member of our squad this season, and he’s going to get plenty of games, no doubt about that. He has performed very well in the two games he has played in the UEFA Youth League. I’m delighted Coyley is here, I love working with him and by the end of the season he will prove his worth for us – no doubt about it.
Liverpool U23s host Derby County at the Academy on Sunday - and you can watch the game live on LFCTV and LFCTV GO from 12.30pm BST.
Kick-off in the Premier League 2 fixture is at 1pm, but our coverage begins half an hour earlier when Mark Benstead will be joined by former Reds Neil Mellor and David Thompson.
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Last Updated: 20/10/18 10:23pm1:15 Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield
Jurgen Klopp reflected on his best start to a season as a manager after Mohamed Salah's first-half goal sealed Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield.
Salah slotted home his fourth goal of the season and first in five club games in the 24th minute as Klopp's side bounced back to winning ways to stay level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Klopp accepted it had not been pretty. Huddersfield went toe to toe with his title challengers for long periods and hit the woodwork in the first period, but the Reds boss was delighted his side extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.
"The basis we have created so far is brilliant - 23 points," Klopp said. "I don't think I (have) had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement - good as well. So let's get home and work on improving."
Klopp said it was also the first time in his managerial career that one of his sides kept winning when not at their best.2:42 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League
"It was not that bad," he said. "It's maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches. That's true.
"We cannot write a book tonight about how to win trophies. There is only one way, and that's to win football games. And for that there are different ways.
"To be honest, sometimes I prefer the spectacular way, but I take that today completely and I understand why it was like that.
"The main reason today was Huddersfield did well. They defended well and were very aggressive round the second balls.
"After this game, everybody knows how good they are and how good they will be in the future."Mohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches
Jonathan Hogg's long-range effort struck a post and Huddersfield also had a first-half penalty appeal turned down by referee Michael Oliver when the ball appeared to have hit James Milner's arm.
"You don't want to use the post to defend, to be honest. If it happens you take it, but it's not defending, it's lucky," Klopp added.
"Then with the handball, another penalty, maybe they would have missed. You need luck to only concede three goals (in nine league games), and we have sometimes needed it."Win Jeff's £1MIL
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Liverpool returned to winning ways with a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield but it was a mixed 90 minutes for Jurgen Klopp and his side.
Premier League, John Smith’s Stadium
October 20, 2018
Goals: Salah 23′Salah Breaks His Month-Long duck
Four games without a goal wouldn’t bother some forwards, but it felt like an eternity for Mo Salah to go without celebrating.
There was an element of relief, then, when Salah buried his first chance of the game—but at the same time an acknowledgement is due that it was a great strike on his weaker foot.
Salah could have netted another later on, firing wide this time, but he was heavily involved in the Reds’ buildup play.
He’s not quite at his best, of course, even with the goal, and that was reflected with a few wayward passes, a couple of moments of hesitation when he might have gone for goal.
But the fact Salah is still the dangerman, still the match-winner for the Reds even though he’s not at 100 percent, reflects well on what a big player he remains.
And it offers hope for when he hits top gear that there’s much more to come.Shaqiri & Sturridge Staking a Claim
As far as auditions go, both put in a good shift and made a case for future inclusion, but it was the Swiss international who was more heavily involved in good passages of play.
He claimed the assist by freeing Salah in the box, an intelligent and well-weighted pass, but his work in the channels and quick passing around the middle and final third was also impressive.
Sturridge played well, but it was more frustrating for him: too often the return pass to him was wayward, the shooting chances didn’t fall his way and one cross which he could have reached was stolen off his head by Adam Lallana, who was off-balance.Klopp’s Midfield Inspiration…and Issues
It was reasonably fluid in terms of movement, with the idea clearly to leave Salah and Lallana as high upfield as possible to support Sturridge, but the on-the-ball work didn’t quite match the intent.
In fact, some of Liverpool’s possession play was downright awful.
The latter pairing of Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum was better, more energetic and better in getting the ball between the lines, but by then the forward line had taken over in being wasteful on the ball.
Still work to do to perfect the balance in the middle of the park.Another Clean Sheet
One huge positive for the Reds is that this clean sheet means it’s just three conceded in nine, with three shutouts in the last four.
More importantly, it also means this is the first Liverpool side to concede as few as three goals in the first nine league games of a campaign.
They rode their luck at times, with the woodwork and the offside flag both coming to the rescue.
Fabinho‘s presence late on helped solidify the centre of the park, with his debut a welcome sight for Reds fans.
While the front line isn’t on top form, the defence must stand firm—and this time they did so enough to help earn the points.Good Start to an All-Important Run
Much was made of the Reds’ tough run of games prior to the international break, but they largely came out of it well, unbeaten in league play.
Now is a much more straightforward looking succession of games, but that’s only worth the acknowledgement if the Reds actually go out and win each time.
Without being a classic performance which will live long in the memory, this was the type of match Liverpool had no option but to win, and win they did.
Not at their best, away from home, battling to see out a match and still coming away with the points: that’s a big statement, just as much as winning at Spurs was in its own way.
Now to continue it, and build on the big start to the season.
Klopp met his close friend David Wagner in the technical area at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday night, and their sides nearly cancelled each other out.
Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half, but the Terriers continued to push for an equaliser until the final whistle.
Speaking after the game a relieved, and slightly embarrassed, Klopp joined Wagner for an interview in which he criticised the Reds’ passing and praised Huddersfield’s grit.
“How can I explain the performance? For me, it looked like we could have scored in five, six, seven situations, with one better pass, especially after the 80th minute,” he told BT Sport.
“The last pass was so often today not good. I have to watch it again.
“Apart from that it was good, it was OK.
“A few players had problems. Milly came back then he felt something, we had to change, Hendo the same, Adam [played his] first game in a long time.
“Daniel is not yet used to 90 minutes, Gini immediately got a knock in the Achilles, Shaqiri didn’t play much for us and then for Switzerland twice in 90 minutes.
“But mostly it was because Huddersfield did well. We had to fight and we did that well.
“When [me and Wagner] shook hands after the game I said ‘sorry’, because it felt like that.”
The victory ensured Liverpool keep up with Man City at the top of the table, and remarkably seals their best-ever defensive record in the league after nine games.
But they were still far from their best, and though as Klopp attested injury problems pervade his squad, they played into Huddersfield’s hands throughout.
“I expect us to do better, result-wise not, but performance-wise yes. We will do it, I’m pretty sure,” he added.
“I knew it would be a challenge. After the international break it’s always difficult.
“I’m not angry but I think we should expect us to do better.
“Most of the things that didn’t work today were because Huddersfield did well, but we helped them with an average or rubbish pass.
“The result could have been different because they hit the post, and maybe should have had a penalty.
“We expect really good football from ourselves.”
Jurgen Klopp was in mixed spirits after Liverpool’s 1-0 victory at Huddersfield Town on Saturday. Watch his post-match press conference in full here.
The Reds sealed their courtesy of a solitary goal from Mohamed Salah, though they struggled for control at the John Smith’s Stadium.
Klopp faced off against his best man, David Wagner, on the touchline, and on the pitch two sides at opposite ends of the Premier League table clashed.
The game belied their standings, as the hosts took the fight to their ambitious visitors, and speaking after the game Klopp paid tribute to how difficult Huddersfield made it.
“It could have been better. How it always is in football, if you don’t play your best there are different reasons for it,” he told reporters.
“The main reason today was that Huddersfield did well.
“They defended well, very aggressive around the second balls and it’s really difficult to get into a game if the ball is that often in the air and stuff like that.
“We could have done better, but actually I thought we did a few things really well and were really close to having big chances at the start of the game.”
Liverpool are next in action on Wednesday night as they take on Red Star Belgrade in their third group stage clash in the Champions League at Anfield.
After this weekend’s slim victory, Klopp will be expecting a more accomplished display in Europe.
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Last Updated: 20/10/18 8:14pmMohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Huddersfield
Liverpool were not at their swaggering best in beating Huddersfield but they got the win. Maybe that's a good sign for Jurgen Klopp...
Klopp did not seem to enjoy what he saw at Huddersfield as his Liverpool side were forced to withstand late pressure from a side still searching for their first win of the season. At one point, Klopp felt compelled to remind his players that there was only one goal separating sides, so sloppy was some of the work by his injury-hit team.
Ultimately, they ground it out to claim the three points that mean they remain level with Manchester City at the top of the table. That's nothing new this season. Having also won 1-0 at home to Brighton, Liverpool have already won more games by that score-line this season than in the entirety of last season. They are lacking fluency but the points are what matter.
After all, beating struggling sides was a struggle for Liverpool last season. They dropped points against all three relegated sides - being held to goalless draws at home to West Brom and Stoke as well as losing at Swansea. Even if the drop is to be the fate for old pal David Wagner and his team, Klopp will not be underestimating the importance of this victory.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration on the touchline
That it was achieved without Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, both injured on international duty, and with Roberto Firmino not in the starting line-up suggests this was a bullet dodged. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana came in for their first Premier League starts of the season, while Xherdan Shaqiri played his first 90 minutes in the competition for Liverpool.
With Dejan Lovren keeping his place as well and Fabinho making his Premier League debut off the bench, this did not feel like a classic Liverpool line-up and it was far from a classic performance. But on a day when Chelsea dropped points at home, the win was the priority. Liverpool will need to play better, but they can now win games even if they don't.2:42 Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's 1-0 win at Huddersfield in the Premier League
Here's how Liverpool's squad players played their part at Huddersfield…
Against winless Huddersfield, Klopp felt confident enough to play Shaqiri in midfield and that decision was justified with a typically creative performance from the summer signing. Shaqiri created more chances than any other player on the pitch in the first half, providing the assist for Salah's opener. He can be a difference maker for Klopp's team.
Sturridge has already scored four goals this season, including vital ones against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea but this was his first Premier League start for Liverpool in almost a year. There was no goal - only speculative shots - but his mobility was again encouraging and a lofted ball through to Salah on 63 minutes should have brought the killer second goal.Adam Lallana made his first Premier League start since New Year's Day
Lallana was making his first Premier League start since New Year's Day and he announced his return to the line-up with a trademark Cruyff turn away from trouble in the first half. Playing from the left, the England international showed plenty of energy - only James Milner covered more ground before he substituted midway through the second half.
It was a surprise when Lovren made his return to the Premier League starting line-up for the showdown with Manchester City before the international break but the defender did well and retained his place. Two games and two clean sheets underlines the fact that Klopp can tweak his back line, resting young Trent Alexander-Arnold without paying the price.Play Super 6
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Last Updated: 20/10/18 11:20pm2:42 Watch highlights as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium Watch highlights as Liverpool beat Huddersfield 1-0 at the John Smith's Stadium
Mohamed Salah's first goal in five club games was enough to steer Liverpool to a 1-0 victory against a Huddersfield side who remain without a win after nine Premier League games.
Liverpool's only shot on target all match proved to be the winner as Salah latched on to Xherdan Shaqiri's through ball (24) to score his 50th goal in English football.
Jonathan Hogg hit the woodwork soon after, but it was as close as Huddersfield came to levelling, with David Wagner's side now without a home goal in five league games this season.
The result leaves Huddersfield in 19th on three points, while Liverpool move back up to second behind leaders Manchester City on goal difference.Player ratings
Huddesfield: Lossl (6), Zanka (6), Schindler (6), Lowe (6), Hadergjonaj (6), Hogg (6), Billing (6), Mooy (7), Durm (7), Pritchard (6), Depoitre (6)
Subs: Mounie (6), Mbenza (6), Diakhaby (N/A)
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Lovren (7), Robertson (7), Milner (6), Henderson (6), Lallana (6), Shaqiri (6), Sturridge (6), Salah (7)
Subs: Wijnaldum (6), Fabinho (6), Firmino (6)
Man of the match: Dejan LovrenMohamed Salah proved decisive as Dejan Lovren helped Liverpool to a sixth Premier League clean sheet in nine matches
With Jurgen Klopp handing Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana their first starts of the season, it was a slow start to proceedings at the John Smith's Stadium as Liverpool struggled with their link-up play in the final third.
However, that was corrected midway through the half, as Shaqiri found Salah in a pocket of space before the Egyptian poked it across Jonas Lossl to score his fourth goal of the season.
Salah's strike was ultimately the only shot on target all half, though Huddersfield did come close when Hogg's fierce strike from 25 yards hit the post.
And the home side will feel they were denied a first-half penalty when the ball brushed both James Milner's thigh and hand, and soon after they saw a goal ruled out for offside when Alex Pritchard strayed just off before dinking an effort over Alisson.
After the break, a header from the backtracking Laurent Depoitre forced Alisson into his only save of the match 10 minutes into the second half.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were fit to start for Liverpool, but Sadio Mane (hand) and Naby Keita (hamstring) were not in the squad.
Adam Lallana made his first start of the season in place of Georginio Wijnaldum, Daniel Sturridge started ahead of Roberto Firmino, while one Huddersfield change saw Florent Hadergjonaj come in for Rajiv van La Parra.
The game continued at a leisurely pace, and it was Salah who then spurned Liverpool's best chance of the half when stroking an effort wide of Lossl's far post.
Huddersfield's big opportunity came with 10 minutes to go, but after Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren failed to clear a cross, Steve Mounie could only fire over from 10 yards out.Notes for Southgate
Joe Gomez impressed defensively for Liverpool, while Adam Lallana returned to the fold as he looks to build up his match fitness. Jordan Henderson went off at half-time with a tight hamstring, while chances were few and far between for Daniel Sturridge. Trent Alexander-Arnold remained on the bench.
Won 7 of opening 9 PL games for 1st time since 08-09
10 pts better off than this stage last season
6th clean sheet in 9 games - joint most in PL, with Man City
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Highlights of the match are unlikely to make Liverpool's end-of-season showreel, but three points is still three points. They were clinical when it mattered, and resolute in defence once more, recording a sixth clean sheet in nine league matches.
At the heart of Liverpool's defence was Dejan Lovren, who made 11 clearances, two tackles and two blocks to keep Huddersfield at bay.The managers
David Wagner: "If it's the case that luck over a season evens out, then we're going to have a lot of luck in the next 29 games.
"It's true we have problems scoring goals, but it's also true that we're performing at a very high level.
"We're creating opportunities and have the spirit and the passion and desire to limit an opponent like Liverpool."0:57 David Wagner rues Huddersfield's lack of goals following the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool David Wagner rues Huddersfield's lack of goals following the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp: "The basis we have created so far is brilliant - 23 points.I don't think I (have) had that before after nine games. And still space for improvement - good as well. So let's get home and work on improving.
"It was not that bad. It's maybe the first period in my life that we are winning average matches. That's true."1:15 Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool's 'brilliant' start to the season but says there is still room for improvement after riding their luck at Huddersfield What's next?
Huddersfield travel to Watford next Saturday for a 3pm Premier League kick-off, while Liverpool host Crvena Zvezda in the Champions League on Wednesday before welcoming Cardiff to Anfield on Saturday.Win Jeff's £1MIL
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Premier League clubs have been put on alert amid reports Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio could be sold in January - for an eye-watering £100million.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United are all said to have an interest in the 22-year-old Spaniard, who has struggled so far this season.
According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Real boss Julen Lopetegui is prepared to let him go - providing a club meets the asking price.
Asensio, who can play as a winger or an attacking midfielder, was expected to step up this season in the wake of Cristiano Ronaldo's departure to Juventus.
However, he's struggled for form, scoring just once in 11 outings so far this campaign.
Regarded as a rising star in his homeland, Asensio has already played 18 times for his country.
Paris Saint-Germain, the current Ligue 1 champions, are also said to be admirers.
Convincing him to leave the Bernabeu might not be quite so straightforward, though.
Just weeks ago, he insisted he did not want to leave Real, explaining how he wanted to develop at the club.
Asensio said: "I've never had the intention to go anywhere.
"This is my third season. In this one I think I have continuity and more prominence, and I'm seeing [improvement in] the performances I'm doing."
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A wretched international break filled with injuries is over. For the Liverpool players, it’s time to get back on the road, as they get ready to travel to Huddersfield for the late kick-off on Saturday.
Huddersfield are winless in the Premier League, having only managed three draws from their eight games, and against a Liverpool side that hasn’t conceded in the league at Anfield since February, there could be few bigger tests for David Wagner’s side.
For the Reds, injuries or niggles to Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Naby Keita have soured the international break, but it is expected that most, if not all, of them will be fit for this game. “Jurgen loves his smokescreens,” said David Wagner, as he expected to face a full-strength Liverpool. If Wagner is right about the smokescreens, there will be sighs of relief heaved in Liverpool fandom.
Here are the key individual duels to look forward to from the game.MO SALAH v CHRIS LÖWE
Whatever anyone says about Salahs season so far, one unanimously accepted truth is that Salah has got to be doing better. He hasn’t exactly been poor in most games he’s played, but he’s not reached the heights that everyone knows he can. Even without comparing him against his own high standards, there is room for improvement.
On Saturday evening, he will be up against Löwe, who has played for Klopp during his time at Dortmund. The German has already shown multiple times during Huddersfield’s time in the Premier League that he can be susceptible to raw pace, and the ‘King of Egypt’ has got plenty of that to burn.
Salah has been getting into goal-scoring positions for the most part of this season. It is his zen-like composure from the back-end of last season that has deserted him. The underlying attacking numbers are still strong for Salah, so there isn’t cause for panic just yet. There’s cause for displeasure about his performance thus far, but not for panic. Like the rest of the attacking part of the side, Salah has not hit the heights we know he is capable of.
Even apart from Löwe, none of the other Huddersfield defenders are particularly blessed in terms of pace, so it could be a good afternoon for him. Whoever starts on the left wing for Wagner will have to help Löwe, and double up against Salah. Who that man will be could be a very interesting point to ponder for the Terriers.VIRGIL VAN DIJK v LAURENT DEPOITRE
Over the course of the international break, much conjecture has revolved around the health of Liverpool’s Dutch colossus. He had to be dropped out of the Dutch squad for their friendly against Belgium on Tuesday, but coach Ronald Koeman’s comments during the week were a little bit alarming. Koeman said that Van Dijk had been taking injections for weeks to enable him to play with two broken ribs.
He will be back on Sunday, though, if indications are to be believed, and for Depoitre, it will be the toughest test he faces in the league. Nobody gets any change out of Van Dijk in aerial duels, but that is Depoitre’s biggest strength. He’s not the quickest across the tough, he can’t beat his man with a piece of skill on the ball. So he has to rely on his strength and ability in the air to get the better of defenders.
He’s not going to get anything out of trying to out-muscle Van Dijk or beat him in the air. He would even be better served to try and attack through the Liverpool right, against either Joe Gomez or Dejan Lovren.
Van Dijk, though, will have to contend with his own body first. If the Dutchman is anywhere close to his fittest, Depoitre should be a cakewalk for him to deal with.ROBERTO FIRMINO v MATIAS JORGENSEN
“Roberto Firmino, world class. Everyday,” thundered Jurgen Klopp sometime last season. That has not been true in this campaign though, as the Brazilian has misfired more often than he has been influential in proceedings for the Reds.
It has been a weird start to the season from an attacking perspective, even though Liverpool have seven wins from 11 games so far. Firmino’s anonymity in some of those games could easily be tagged as the reason why Klopp’s men weren’t as big an attacking force as they’d have liked to be.
The unit that is the front three needs to start clicking, but they have been off the boil individually as well. Firmino’s decision-making has been shoddy, at best and he has taken far too much time on the ball before releasing it, by which team he has made things difficult for himself.
Firmino also needs more from the midfielders, in terms of getting closer to him. Gini Wijnaldum or Naby Keita need to start grabbing games by the scruff of the neck, and dragging teams into their own final third, so that in the congestion, Firmino’s intelligence can add value.
For Jorgensen, the task on Saturday is simple. Stay close to Firmino, and don’t allow him to turn with the ball in dangerous areas. If Firmino is doing that, that’s a sign that Liverpool are playing really well.Thefootballfaithful.com Below Article
Liverpool will check on the fitness of several players ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town.
Naby Keita is not expected to be involved at John Smith’s Stadium with Jürgen Klopp ‘pretty sure’ the midfielder is unavailable due to a hamstring strain picked up on international duty.
Sadio Mane underwent successful surgery on a hand injury earlier this week and there have been fitness concerns over James Milner, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.
Asked for the latest update at his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp said: “We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that.”
On the rib injury that had previously troubled Van Dijk, who played only the first of Netherlands’ two matches during the international break, the manager commented: “It settled pretty quickly.
“Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important. It’s all good. He has no problems with that anymore.”
Fabinho is ‘close’ to his first Premier League start for the club according to Klopp, who has been boosted by the availability of Adam Lallana again.
“Training looks tremendous,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com of Lallana.
“We still want to be careful – not too careful but, of course, careful [so] that we reach the point where we don’t have to think about it anymore. But he is 100 per cent back.”
Huddersfield will definitely be without Tommy Smith (groin), Terence Kongolo (hamstring) and Danny Williams (knee), manager David Wagner confirmed at his pre-match press conference.
Elsewhere, Isaac Mbenza’s knee issue will be assessed, while Wagner will make a late decision on whether to include the returning Ramadan Sobhi in his squad after six weeks out.
The Terriers boss expects Philip Billing to be available for the game in Yorkshire, however, revealing ‘all the signs are positive’.
The match marks the third competitive meeting in English football between close friends Klopp and Wagner, with the Reds having won both fixtures last season 3-0.
“It’s a great game, it’s a game I really look forward to, it’s a game when the fixtures came out I had an eye on,” said the latter.
“It’s a special game for me personally, there’s no doubt about it, but it is for us as a football club. We face Liverpool – one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
Last time out
Burnley v Huddersfield Town, October 6: Lossl, Lowe, Zanka, Schindler, Durm, Billing, Hogg, Mooy, Van La Parra, Pritchard, Depoitre.
Liverpool v Manchester City, October 7: Alisson, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
We round up the latest Liverpool news and transfer rumours on Friday, on the eve of the Reds’ Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town.
Jurgen Klopp comes up against his close friend David Wagner on Saturday evening, with the latter’s Huddersfield side tipped for relegation this season.
Klopp is not taking Liverpool’s opponents for granted, however, describing the fixture to LiverpoolFC.com as a potential “trap” for his team:
“I watch them more because I want to see how David is doing.
“It’s a typical football thing—I heard a few people talking about Huddersfield: ‘Not good enough here, not good enough there, they have to score more.’
“They play proper football, they are difficult to catch. They play different systems. So far it was unlucky. This game is a trap, a 100 percent trap.”
In many ways, this is the Reds’ ‘easiest’ game for a while, following a tough run before the international break, but underestimating the Terriers would be a grave error.Sturridge “Feeling Great” Ahead of Upcoming Run
Daniel Sturridge has made a pleasing start to the season, scoring four goals and looking fitter than he has in a long time.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com, the striker says he feels “amazing” ahead of another busy run of fixtures, during which time he is expected to earn his fair share of playing time:
“I’m feeling great [and am] looking forward to contributing to the team.
“I’m feeling amazing so I can’t really complain, I can have no complaints. I’m just excited for the next month coming up and hopefully we can get some good results in that month.
“Whatever the manager feels is best for the team [is best]. Whoever’s the right players to play, [we] will push ourselves to the limit.
“We’ve got a great squad so you’ve just got to be ready to give your all, give your everything, to push yourself to the limit.”
Sturridge will be pushing for a start at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend, although much could rest on whether or not Sadio Mane misses out through injury.Liverpool Back in for Chilwell?
Before Liverpool signed Andy Robertson in the summer of 2017, Ben Chilwell was the man Klopp was tracking as his potential new first-choice left-back.
With Alberto Moreno set to leave at the end of the season a new left-back may be required, even though youngster Adam Lewis could be drafted into the first-team squad.
The biggest stumbling block over a move for Chilwell is whether he is happy possibly playing second fiddle to Robertson, considering his current standing in the game.
Rotation could ensure that both are used fairly regularly, but Chilwell will believe he should be starting matches every week now.
According to the Telegraph, 21-year-old is in fact set to sign an improved deal with Leicester.Markovic’s Attitude Praised by Critchley
Lazar Markovic‘s Liverpool career has been one of huge disappointment, having failed to come close to reaching his potential.
The Serb is currently training with the Reds’ U23s and boss Neil Critchley has lauded his attitude, saying he hopes he will eventually progress in his career.
“Lazar has been training with us for a while now and I’ve got to say he’s been brilliant to work with,” Critchley told the Liverpool Echo.
“We’ve enjoyed having him around and he’s been great with the young lads.
“He’s humble, he listens to what’s asked of him and he’s been professional. He gets on well with the other players. He played as a centre-forward against Arsenal and on the right wing against West Brom.
“We don’t know how long he will be with us. Eventually, I’m sure his career will go on a different path but while he’s here we want everyone to benefit.”
Markovic failed to secure a deadline-day move to Anderlecht in the summer, but will be available again in January after having been left out of Klopp’s Premier League squad.Kent Discusses “Recreating” Himself at Rangers
Few Rangers players have caught the eye more than Ryan Kent this season, with the youngster thriving under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
In an interview with the Herald, Kent spoke about going up a gear as a footballer and moving on from disappointing spells at Freiburg and Bristol City last season:
“I think, more than anything, I have got a point to prove to myself.
“I will always be my No. 1 critic. For me, this season is all about finding myself again and recreating myself as a footballer.
“After last years’ disappointment, it has been a great start to the season for myself, and the club as well.”
Kent has scored twice so far in 2018/19, but it his all-round impact that has caught the eye, with the 21-year-old a key attacking presence as Rangers look to thrive in both the Scottish Premiership and the Europa League.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has again voiced his opposition to the Nations League, arguing there is no room for it in the calendar.
The Reds boss likened the new competition to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua fighting week after week, or watching opera every night instead of savouring it every couple of months.
However, the German admitted he may as well complain to his coffee machine as no one wanted to hear his views.
“It’s too much in that competition: ‘Proper games, real opponents, it is better than having any friendlies’,” he said.
“That’s all good but you don’t want to see Joshua fighting every second night, it’s not possible. This week he fights in Leeds, next week he fights in Manchester and no-one asked for it.
“Only in football everyone seems to be interested in now having only big competitions where you can get promoted or relegated.
“Do we want to have opera every night or every two months? I like competition, of course, but at one point someone has to step back and think ‘OK, wait, wait, wait. They are players who play’.
“If they don’t perform I am angry, so how can we make sure they perform? That’s all I wanted to say.
“The Nations League itself is a good idea—do it in another sport because in football there is no space for it.
“I realise already I could have told my coffee machine because no-one is really interested but it is still my opinion.
“We only have highlights now, ‘highlight, highlight, highlight’. Where is the rest? When can we have normal things?”
International football, although not the Nations League, saw three of his players return home injured.
Of the three, Guinea international Keita—who was carried off the artificial pitch in Rwanda on the back of a team-mate on Tuesday—is the only one who will definitely miss the trip to Huddersfield.
Defender Virgil van Dijk’s rib problem, which he had before playing for Holland, will not keep him out, however.
“We’re pretty sure that Naby will not be available. With all the rest, we have to see how it develops,” added Klopp, who said he had no issue with the pitch or the method of Keita’s departure from it.
“I don’t think it is a problem to carry someone on your back; there is a very famous picture from 1974 when a Brazilian player got carried off in the World Cup in Germany. I will not forget that picture because it was nice.
“Do I think it is fair to play the same game on different surfaces? I say yes. It rains, it snows, whatever, it is absolutely OK, but artificial surfaces are not a surface for football.
“I don’t think the injury had anything to do with that. I didn’t even see it, I only saw the situation when he went off and I didn’t look at the grass in that moment.
“In general with African teams, we should make sure each thing we can do to make sure everyone gets the right treatment at the moment they need it.”
Midfielder Adam Lallana is set to return to the squad for the first time since September 1 after fully recovering from a groin problem.
“Hopefully no one forgot how good he was before his little injury. He is a proper option again,” said Klopp.
“He will play first-team football for Liverpool again and that is the best news. When it will start we will see.”
Last Updated: 19/10/18 3:35pmNaby Keita will not feature for Liverpool at the John Smith's Stadium
Naby Keita will not feature for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp faces close friend David Wagner's Huddersfield in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Guinea midfielder was taken off in the first half of his country's trip to Rwanda in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier on Tuesday and Klopp confirmed he had picked up a hamstring injury.
The Reds manager is also backing Wagner to succeed at Huddersfield despite their poor start to the season, and called another potential survival of relegation a 'third miracle'.
"This year it's a stronger side and stronger football. I speak to Dave [Wagner] most weekends and I think the club is brilliant," Klopp said.1:56 A preview of this weekend's Premier League games, including Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Leicester's trip to Arsenal A preview of this weekend's Premier League games, including Chelsea v Manchester United at Stamford Bridge and Leicester's trip to Arsenal
"There is no reason to be worried about Dave's situation at Huddersfield. This year if he stays in the league he has a hat-trick of miracles."
Wagner also called Saturday's game "special", but said his side are focused on the challenge at hand against a Liverpool team who are unbeaten in the Premier League.
"It's a game I always look forward to," he said. "It's a special game, for me and this football club. We play Liverpool, one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League at our stadium. We will invest everything and we aim to deliver something extraordinary.Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner are firm friends, having coached together in Germany
"We are focused and we will try to prepare the team as well as we can. All together we have to show the passion and desire to be ready for this challenge."Team news
Elsewhere for Liverpool, Mohamed Salah (hamstring) and Sadio Mane (broken thumb) are still in contention despite arriving back at Melwood with fitness issues.
Virgil van Dijk will continue to play with a rib problem, James Milner could feature despite a hamstring injury sustained just before the international break while Adam Lallana is set to feature in the squad for the first time since September 1.Virgil van Dijk will be monitored ahead of the game
Philip Billing is hoping to prove his fitness in time for Huddersfield after sustaining an ankle injury while on international duty with Denmark U21s, but has returned to full training and will be monitored.
Isaac Mbenza (knee) will also be assessed, while club captain Tommy Smith (groin), Terence Kongolo (hamstring) and Danny Williams (knee) are out.Opta stats
Huddersfield lost both Premier League meetings 3-0 against Liverpool last season, in what were their first league meetings with the Reds since the 1971-72 campaign.
Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 matches in all competitions against Huddersfield (W9 D3 L0) and haven't conceded a single goal in any of their last seven against the Terriers.2:59 Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League Highlights from Liverpool's goalless draw against Manchester City in the Premier League
Huddersfield have failed to score in any of their four Premier League home games this season - only Everton in 1998-99 have failed to score in any of their first five at home at the start of a Premier League campaign.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have lost five of their nine away Premier League games against teams starting the day in the relegation zone (P9 W2 D2 L5) and won none of their last six (W0 D2 L4) since a 6-0 victory at Aston Villa in February 2016.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 16 Premier League games (W10 D5) and are unbeaten in their last nine (W7 D2 L0).2:57 Highlights from Burnley's draw against Huddersfield in the Premier League Highlights from Burnley's draw against Huddersfield in the Premier League
Huddersfield have fired in a league-low 20 shots on target in the Premier League this season, while only Man City (16) have faced fewer shots on target than Liverpool (21).
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge has already hit more goals in nine appearances in all competitions this season (4), than he did in 20 last term for Liverpool and West Brom combined (3).Merson's predictions
There are a few injury problems for Liverpool to deal with heading to Huddersfield. Jurgen Klopp gets his side playing at such a high tempo and they play pretty much the same team every week so they are always likely to pick up injuries.
They have and it seems they have all come at the same time. However, I still think they'll have too much for Huddersfield. If you are going to have injuries this is the perfect game to have them. You don't want to be playing Manchester United or Chelsea away with an injury crisis.
Liverpool will be too strong for Huddersfield. I just don't see David Wagner's side scoring and that's their problem.
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Last Updated: 19/10/18 3:56pmA late decision will be made on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane ahead of Saturday's clash with Huddersfield.
The attacking duo were expected to be doubts for the trip to west Yorkshire, but resumed first-team training this week.
"We had yesterday's session and a few of the boys trained, we'll have to see how they react," said Klopp.
"The only thing we are pretty sure is that Naby [Keita] will not be available with all the rest, we have to see how it develops, that's it pretty much."
One player who looks ready to resume domestic action for Liverpool is Virgil van Dijk, who Klopp confirmed is in good condition.
The £75million defender missed the Netherlands' friendly with Belgium, leading manager Ronald Koeman to suggest he had been playing with broken ribs.0:55 Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Virgil van Dijk has 'no problems' Jurgen Klopp has confirmed defender Virgil van Dijk has 'no problems'
Klopp would not be drawn on the issue, but acknowledged his star defender had "major problems" he has had to play through.
"You saw when he went off, everybody saw when he went off [against Southampton] that Virgil would not leave pitch without any major problems.
"It's settled pretty quickly but that's how it is. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain. But it's not too important.
"It's all good, he has no problems with that any more."Win Jeff's £1MIL
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The Reds ended their difficult run of seven games in 23 days with a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Man City, with Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss a big let-off.
After heading off for the October international break, Klopp’s squad returned with a host of fitness concerns, not least a hamstring injury for Naby Keita.
But the disparity between league leaders City and relegation candidates Huddersfield highlights a difference in challenge for Liverpool, as they aim for a return to winning ways.
Speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, however, Klopp insisted the Terriers should not be considered an easy target.
“They had more possession against Tottenham, maybe people aren’t interested in that but that’s a big step,” he told reporters.
“They stayed in the league last year and this year it’s the strongest side and best football they’ve played so far.
“I speak with Dave a lot, the atmosphere in the club is still brilliant, we need to be ready for a really tough game.
“They defend in different systems, play football and so far they struggle scoring goals, but that’s so far. We have to at least think it’s possible that will change.
“We had yesterday and today and tomorrow we need to be ready, that’s the job.”
“We had yesterday’s session, where a few of the boys trained. We have to see how they reacted after that,” he said.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho and Adam Lallana were also on the agenda as Liverpool head into the weekend looking to keep up the pace with both City and Chelsea—all of which are unbeaten after eight games.
On-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson has won the Carabao Cup Player of the Round award.
The 21-year-old helped Derby County claim a memorable victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round.
He scored with a sensational free-kick during the 2-2 draw and converted from 12 yards in the subsequent penalty shootout that the Rams eventually won 8-7.