Coming up later today is the first fixture of matchday 36, as Liverpool who are very close in their title race will be hosting Huddersfield who are already relegated, making this fixture a very tricky one for the reds.
Liverpool could unarguably say that this is their best season so far under Klopp. They have really done amazing things this season in terms of results, hence, why they are very close in their quest for the title. Things are looking very good for them in the league and they are also in a good position to reach the champions league final back-to-back if they overcome Barca, but the premier league title is their topmost priority and will be hoping for Man City to drop points in any of their remaining games.
Huddersfield has been extremely poor this season which is why they haven’t been able to keep their stay in the premier league. This fixture means nothing to them as they are already relegated, but they will be playing with less pressure now and will be hoping to be a stumbling block to Liverpool’s title ambitions.
On paper, Liverpool are clear favorites in this game, but should not underestimate the danger of playing a relegated team.
Liverpool vs Huddersfield
This is a very important fixture for Liverpool, and they will be looking to keep their cool, get the job done and ensure that the put the pressure on City to get results.
For Liverpool, they are playing at home, which is great for them, but they are expected to get the job done in this fixture regardless of whether they are playing at home or away. As things are at the moment, they need to win all their remaining games and hope for City to drop points in any of their remaining games. This season hasn’t been easy for them, but they will draw positives from being pushed to always remain at their top level.
For Huddersfield, they will not be happy to be relegated, but it all adds to their experience and will surely come back stronger when next they make it into the premier league again. They have nothing to play for in this fixture, but that doesn’t mean that they will want to gift Liverpool the 3 points, which means that they will aim to give the reds a good game and make them work for the crucial 3 points.
My Expectations in Terms of Tactics and Gameplay
For Liverpool, they will mostly setup in a 4-3-3 formation. Klopp will want his team to keep their cool and don’t think about the title pressure at this moment. Their main target in this fixture will be to get crucial 3 points against Huddersfield. The gameplan for this game will be to dominate the game and try to kill the game off as early as possible.
For Huddersfield, they will possibly setup in a 4-4-1-1 formation. They will be aiming to upset Liverpool at Anfield. Their gameplan will be to enjoy their game and try to take the game to Liverpool. They know Liverpool will most likely have most of the ball, but they will be looking at other ways to hurt Liverpool.