Liverpool might look back at their 3-0 victory over Huddersfield as one of the most important wins of the season.
That might seem a strange statement but, considering their previous two results, it was imperative that Jurgen Klopp’s side got back on track at the John Smith’s Stadium.
And they did just that.
Emre Can and Roberto Firmino put the away side 2-0 ahead at half-time and the result never looked in doubt during the second-half.
And the match was wrapped up when Liverpool were awarded a penalty in the 78th-minute.
Liverpool’s record from the penalty spot has been pretty wretched this season following Roberto Firmino’s miss against West Brom in the FA Cup last weekend. So it was always going to be interesting to see who stepped up to take it.
James Milner was the club’s spot-kick taker last season – and did a pretty good job.
However, he didn’t take the penalty against Huddersfield.
That’s because the club’s top goalscorer – Mohamed Salah – convinced Milner to let him take the penalty in a deep discussion. It wasn’t quite Edinson Cavani and Neymar, but there was certainly a bit of a debate over who should take the kick.
While some may see that as a problem, Jurgen Klopp didn’t seem to mind – especially as Salah stuck his penalty away with ease before finding Milner to thank him during his celebrations.
Incidentally, Salah missed a penalty against Huddersfield when the two teams met at Anfield earlier in the season.
WATCH: SALAH AND MILNER’S PENALTY DISCUSSION
Take a look at the incident (it occurs at 5 minutes into the below video):
JURGEN KLOPP REACTS
And here is how Klopp reacted:
“I wanted it exactly like that,” he smiled. “I love when players discuss on the pitch.
“It’s all my fault, I thought it was clear (who was taking it) but obviously I left some space for interpretation. I was not 100% clear!
“At the end, the ball is in which we didn’t have too often this season – so yippee! Maybe Mo will qualify for the next one as well.
“I thought it was clear, but they discussed it and it’s all good. It’s better that you have two or three who want to take it than nobody to take it. The discussion was still OK.”
Liverpool’s win has got their top-four ambitions back on track and can sit back and watch Manchester United and Spurs take points off each other on Wednesday night.
They then face Spurs at Anfield on Sunday knowing a win could put them in a fantastic position as they aim to qualify for the Champions League once again.