Downing Huddersfield, Liverpool Back in EPL Chase
An away game against Huddersfield Town proved to be the breath of fresh air Liverpool needed to get back on track in the English Premier League. Fans heaved sighs of relief on Tuesday night, after two crushing defeats against minor teams in a row, when the Reds bounced back with a 3-0 win in Huddersfield to stay within the top four of the EPL ladder and Champions League qualification.
Tuesday’s match produced goals from Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, with the gutsy Terriers unable to penetrate Liverpool’s defence. The Reds weren’t exactly in the best form they’re capable of, but they still had enough raw power to brush the home team aside ruthlessly.
Jostling in Fourth with Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool now enjoy a five-point cushion ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, the team closest to unseating them from fourth spot on the EPL ladder. The two sides are scheduled to face off against each other in another EPL fixture on Sunday, February 4, in Liverpool. At their last EPL meeting in London in October last year, Spurs won 4-1.
The London side hasn’t lost an EPL game since Manchester City beat them 4-1 on December 16, winning four and drawing two EPL fixtures since. They’re also still in the hunt for the FA Cup: after a 1-1 draw with Newport County in the Fourth Round, they will play their rematch on Wednesday, February 7.
Some Consolation after Liverpool’s FA Cup Exit
Football punters will be pleased to see Liverpool back in contention; for a week or so, it looked like their season was going pear-shaped. First, they lost an EPL match that ought to have been a gimme against minnows Swansea City on January 22.
Then they left fans gutted by another defeat at the feet of a minor team: losing 3-2 in their FA Cup Fourth Round to West Bromwich Albion on January 27. Unlike the EPL, the FA Cup is a straight knockout competition, so the loss means they’re out. Spurs, Man City, Man United and Chelsea all have one less rival to worry about as they battle their way towards Wembley on May 19.