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| Liverpool's ability to grind out a win at Huddersfield looks a good sign
wwwpic5678 Liverpool were not at their swaggering best in beating Huddersfield but they got the win. Maybe that's a good sign for Jurgen Klopp. Klopp did not seem to enjoy what he saw at Huddersfield as his Liverpool side were forced to withstand late pressure from a side still searching for their first win of the season. At one point, Klopp felt compelled to remind his players that there was only one goal separating sides, so sloppy was some of the work by his injury-hit team.
Ultimately, they ground it out to claim the three points that mean they remain level with Manchester City at the top of the table. That's nothing new this season. Having also won 1-0 at home to Brighton, Liverpool have already won more games by that score-line this season than in the entirety of last season. They are lacking fluency but the points are what matter.
After all, beating struggling sides wwwpic5678 was a struggle for Liverpool last season. They dropped points against all three relegated sides - being held to goalless draws at home to West Brom and Stoke as well as losing at Swansea. Even if the drop is to be the fate for old pal David Wagner and his team, Klopp will not be underestimating the importance of this victory.
That it was achieved without Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, both injured on international duty, and with Roberto Firmino not in the starting line-up suggests this was a bullet dodged. Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana came in for their first Premier League starts of the season, while Xherdan Shaqiri played his first 90 minutes in the competition for Liverpool.
With Dejan Lovren keeping his place as well and Fabinho making his Premier League debut off the bench, this did not feel like a classic Liverpool line-up and it was far from a classic performance. wwwpic5678 But on a day when Chelsea dropped points at home, the win was the priority. Liverpool will need to play better, but they can now win games even if they don't.