Football Predictions

Liverpool vs Huddersfield predictions, predictions & expected XIs

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:51, 25 April 2019

Liverpool will be looking to pile pressure on Manchester City when they face already-relegated Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

The Reds are currently one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side at the top of the Premier League but have the advantage of playing before Man City this weekend.

Read on for Liverpool v Huddersfield live stream options, team news, predicted XIs, stats and TV channel info.

When is Liverpool vs Huddersfield?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Anfield

Date: Friday, 26 April

Kick-off: 8:00 PM BST

Where can I watch live?

UK residents can watch Liverpool v Huddersfield on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League, channels 401 and 402 respectively on Sky, and channels 501 and 502 respectively for Virgin Media users.

Head-to-head

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 13 games against Huddersfield across all competitions, a run which has included eight straight games without conceding a goal.

However, the Reds are still behind in the overall fixture with 30 wins to Huddersfield’s 31 – though Jurgen Klopp’s men will be expectant of drawing level on Friday.

Liverpool wins: 30 Draws: 17 Huddersfield wins: 31

Match preview

The Premier League title race appears to be going down to the wire with Liverpool pushing defending champions Manchester City all the way.

At the turn of 2019, Liverpool had been heavy favourites for the title after a 5-1 win over Arsenal saw them nine points clear at the top of the Premier League.

But Manchester City have overturned the deficit and now sit one point ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side. However, Liverpool will back themselves to once again apply pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men with just three games left to decide the destination of the title.

They face already-relegated Huddersfield Town who have only looked worse since their return to the Championship was confirmed and are all-but guaranteed to finish bottom of the Premier League after Fulham’s ‘mini-revival’.

The Terriers have gathered just 14 points in 35 games this season with three wins, only one of which has come away from home. In fact, Huddersfield have lost all 10 of their matches against the Premier League’s ‘big six’ so far this season, conceding 30 and scoring just three, which is good news for Liverpool in their title quest.

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Will Jurgen Klopp prioritise the Champions League?

As the season nears its end, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces one of the biggest decisions of his Anfield stint so far.

With just three games remaining in the Premier League season, Liverpool are in with a serious chance of winning their first title since 1990. But at the same time, the Reds are also in the Champions League semi-finals.

There, they face a Barcelona side which brushed past Manchester United in the last round and will be looking for a first Champions League final since 2015.

And despite the significance of the game, Klopp has insisted the Champions League will not affect his team to face Huddersfield.

“This will be the last game I overthink anything,” he told reporters.

“The things people think about, the game, is already enough. I will not push that preparation with a fresh line-up. We have enough time to recover for the next game.

“Barcelona has nothing to do with Friday night.”

Should Huddersfield stick with Jan Siewert?

When Jan Siewert replaced David Wagner as Huddersfield manager in January, not many would have expected the German to actually keep the Terriers in the Premier League. Absolutely abysmal this season, Huddersfield’s fate had been decided early, but Siewert’s arrival would have been with an eye on future and an immediate return.

But the German has failed to incite any positive change since taking charge at the end of January, with Huddersfield losing 11 of his 12 matches so far.

The Terriers’ only success came in a 1-0 win over Wolves in February, completing the double over Nuno Espirito Santo’s side who have been surprisingly poor against struggling teams.

In Siewert’s 12 games, Huddersfield have managed just seven goals, three of which came in a 4-3 defeat to West Ham in which they lost a 3-1 lead. The Terriers have also conceded 29 goals under Siewert, more than any other Premier League team during that time.

Team news

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho had to be taken off with a head injury in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Cardiff last weekend but is expected to be in contention while Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren could also be involved.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield have a fully-fit squad to choose from, but could still make changes from the 2-1 defeat against Watford with Karlan Grant expected to return.

Predicted Line-ups

1. Champions League comes first

Liverpool may have adequate time between their games against Huddersfield and Barcelona, but Jurgen Klopp will surely want to take as few risks as possible with regards to his big players.

Unfortunately, with injury problems, the Reds do not have much strength in depth across defence and midfield, meaning only Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum are likely to be rested from the start against Huddersfield – with Dejan Lovren and James Milner replacing them.

But the real changes could come up front with Xherdan Shaqiri potentially getting his first league start since January in place of Sadio Mane, while Divock Origi could also replace Roberto Firmino.

There is also the option of Daniel Sturridge getting a rare start too, but Klopp may not want to completely change his front three when a win is still important.

Predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Origi, Shaqiri.

2. Grant returns for Huddersfield

In Huddersfield’s 2-1 defeat against Watford, Jan Siewert dropped Karlan Grant to the bench for Steve Mounie who had a game to forget. Grant came off the bench to score Huddersfield’s late consolation and should be rewarded with a return to the starting XI.

The 21-year-old has been one of the few silver linings in Huddersfield’s gloomy season and will be key for the Terriers in their Championship fight next season.

The defeat to Watford also saw Siewert play a 4-4-1-1, a formation he may keep after the horrendous performance with a five-man defence against Tottenham the week prior.

Predicted Huddersfield XI (4-4-1-1): Lossl; Smith, Schindler, Kongolo, Durm; Kachunga, Bacuna, Hogg, Lowe; Mooy; Grant.

3. Mane to be rested

While our own predicted Liverpool XI sees Jurgen Klopp rotate heavily, the Evening Standard believes the German will be more cautious.

However, they do expect Klopp to rest Sadio Mane for the game against Huddersfield, with the Senegalese international having played a massive part in keeping Liverpool pushing on two fronts over the past few weeks.

In his place, Divock Origi is predicted to be the one to start alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in Liverpool’s front three, in one of just two changes from the team which started against Cardiff last time out. James Milner starting over Georginio Wijnaldum is the only other change predicted.

Evening Standard‘s predicted Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Firmino, Origi.

Squawka Prediction

Even if Jurgen Klopp does rotate to retain freshness for next week’s game over Barcelona, Liverpool should walk this. 4-0 Liverpool.