“Never seen Anfield as quiet as first 50 minutes of game” – Manager sums up crucial match

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has claimed that he has never seen Anfield as quiet as it was in the first 50 minutes of his side’s game against Liverpool.

Wagner’s side managed to frustrate Liverpool for a lengthy period but the hosts, who had earlier squandered an inviting opportunity to take the lead when Mohamed Salah missed a penalty, eventually managed to prevail with a 3-0 victory courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum.

With Liverpool having produced an improved performance in the second half, Wagner conceded that the Reds, managed by his close friend Jurgen Klopp, deserved to win, although he was still impressed with Huddersfield’s commitment.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Wagner said: “In the end I think it was fair.

“Until the first goal, 55 or 60 minutes I think, we played very well defensively, very well organised and we neutralised their offensive power.

“I haven’t seen Anfield as quiet as it was today for a long time until we conceded the first goal – and I was quite often here in the last two years.

“It showed how good the players were defensively. After we conceded the first goal, where we had not the best positions, two defenders, long ball and we gave the assist.

“The second after a set play and then Liverpool showed their offensive power, they were very fluid and created a lot of chances.

“This is why I think it was a deserved defeat.”

Huddersfield sprang a surprise with their victory over Manchester United last week, but they were unable to get the better of a Liverpool side that played some dynamic, free-flowing football in the second half.

The result leaves Huddersfield in 13th place in the Premier League, with their next assignment a home game against West Bromwich Albion next weekend.