Huddersfield v Liverpool – John Smith’s Stadium at 20:00
Two best friends meet in the dugout on Tuesday night as David Wagner welcomes Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to the John Smith’s stadium on Tuesday night.
When Liverpool followed up the sale of Coutinho to Barcelona with an emphatic win over Manchester City – the Citizen’s first loss of the season – it seemed like Klopp’s decision to not replace the Brazilian this window was a good one.
Since then though, the Reds have lost 1-0 to Swansea in the league and 3-2 to West Brom in the FA Cup. Klopp will be looking to put this right here.
Who will step up for Liverpool?
Liverpool still has a very strong squad, don’t get me wrong, but in the last two games, they have been lacking creativity. One of Klopp’s stars now needs to step up to the plate and offer the side the creative spark they’ve been missing post-Coutinho.
It’s hard to see who that may be. The front 3 of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are all incredible players who have been in great form this season, but they are deadly in front of goal rather than being a huge creative influence.
In midfield, the departure of Coutinho has left Liverpool with a more industrial midfield collection. You can’t see Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and co splitting defences with creative passes, can you?
Perhaps Klopp will turn to a youngster, like Ben Woodburn, to provide a creative influence against Huddersfield?
Huddersfield to sit deep
Huddersfield boss David Wagner will know Jurgen Klopp inside out. They were both team-mates at Mainz and Wagner was part of Klopp’s coaching staff at Dortmund. Wagner will also know that Klopp’s men have struggled this season against weaker opponents that maintain a deep defensive block and invite Liverpool to break them down.
With the aforementioned lack of creativity since the departure of Philippe Coutinho, I’d expect Wagner to adopt a similar tactic on Tuesday night.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Huddersfield 1.00 at 2.650