Liverpool back to winning ways as Salah sinks Huddersfield
Liverpool managed to cling on and remain joint top of the table with Manchester City
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scores past Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Jonas Lossl during the Premier League match at the John Smith’s stadium. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images
Huddersfield Town 0 Liverpool 1
Mohamed Salah got back on the goal trail as Liverpool won 1-0 at Huddersfield to reaffirm their Premier League title credentials.
Salah slotted home his fourth goal of the season and first in five matches midway through the first half, but it was a far from convincing victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Much of that was down to Huddersfield, who matched their illustrious opponents for long periods only to still be left searching for the killer touch.
David Wagner’s side hit a post through Jonathan Hogg and had an effort ruled out for offside as they set an unwanted club record of failing to score in seven straight home league games.
Liverpool were clearly not at their best as they clinched their first win in five matches in all competitions and extended their unbeaten league start to nine.
Neither side had had an attempt on goal when Liverpool broke the deadlock in the 24th minute with two incisive passes and a consummate finish.
The visitors had just started to build some pressure by retaining possession when Joe Gomez’s ball into Xherdan Shaqiri split Huddersfield down the middle.
The Swiss midfielder then spotted Salah’s darting run into the penalty area and he slipped the ball inside for the Egyptian to steer beyond Jonas Lossl and inside the far post with the outside of his left foot.
Salah had been a fitness doubt all week, but overcame a muscle strain to make the starting line-up.
Huddersfield stuck to their task, though. Hogg’s brilliant long-range effort struck Alisson Becker’s right-hand post and Philip Billing’s free-kick flashed narrowly wide as they pressed for the equaliser.
Town fans raised the volume some more when Alex Pritchard turned home Hogg’s pass into the box in the 43rd minute, but his effort was correctly ruled out as he had strayed offside.
Georginio Wijnaldum, half-brother of Huddersfield substitute Rajiv van La Parra, replaced Jordan Henderson at half-time, while Daniel Surridge lifted two efforts off target soon after play resumed.
Town skipper Christopher Schindler’s sliding near-post block thwarted Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson’s dangerous cross, but that was as close as the visitors got in the second period.
Huddersfield spurned their best second-half chance in the 82nd minute when their two substitutes combined.
The miss summed up Huddersfield’s season and they remain without a win, while Liverpool are level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table.