Best buds, Jürgen Klopp and David Wagner, get to manage opposing teams in the Premier League again. It’s a special situation given how competitive football is at the highest level. The two German managers sit at separate ends of the league table, Liverpool unbeaten after eight matches and Huddersfield Town without a win and without a single goal scored on their home ground.
The match appears to be exceptionally winnable for Klopp’s team. Huddersfield have injury concerns, just as Liverpool do, but the Terriers’ bench is far from as effective as the Reds’ bench.
Klopp has a strong squad to pull from but football is nothing if not unpredictable. The manager is not about to call the match a win prematurely. Being close to Huddersfield’s manager means Klopp has watched his fair share of the Terriers and he knows there is more to Wagner’s side than what the results show.
“I watch them more because I want to see how David is doing,” said Klopp.
“It’s a typical football thing – I heard a few people talking about Huddersfield: ‘Not good enough here, not good enough there, they have to score more.’
“They had more possession against Tottenham than Tottenham. Not a lot of teams can say that about themselves. At Burnley they had more possession.
“They play proper football, they are difficult to catch. They play different systems. So far it was unlucky.
“This game is a trap, a 100 per cent trap.
“We are third with 20 points, they are pretty much bottom of the table. That’s why analysis is so important; if you only used the table to analyse a team, you would say ‘They don’t score a lot, they conceded a few and they are third from the bottom so obviously not a good football team.’ Then we’d have a big problem.
“But, thank God, we have a lot of people working on analysis, not only against PSG or whatever. That’s good, so we have all the information we need.”