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wolverhampton-wanderers-andreas-weimann-scores-their-second-goalThe poor run of form in the month of January continued for Liverpool as they were knocked out by another impressive display at Anfield, this time by Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Reds did put up an inexperienced side after their 1-0 loss in the EFL Cup and their only hope for silverware this season, the FA Cup, has been extinguished after the Wolves hit the Reds with a goal in the first minute of the game.

It was Richard Stearman who scored after just 53 seconds and then Andreas Weimann scored the second for the away side as they looked to cause another upset. Jurgen Klopp brought on the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge to change things in the second half and the Englishman did assist Divock Origi for the only goal for the Reds but that was it.

This marked the third loss in a row at home for the Merseyside club and Jurgen Klopp did take responsibility for the poor performance. While the club tries to amp itself up for the visit of Chelsea in a few days, here are the ratings for the Reds from the loss.

Loris Karius – 7/10

There really wasn’t much Karius could have done for both goals conceded. The German was pretty good otherwise and did have a couple of good saves to keep Liverpool in the game.

Connor Randall – 6/10

The young right-back didn’t have the best of times in the first half and couldn’t really link up well with the attacking players. He was substituted at the start of the second half to bring on Philippe Coutinho.

Joe Gomez – 5/10

The Englishman still looks short of match practice and Costa from the Wolves had a field day against the youngster. Gomez didn’t look comfortable on the field at all.

Ragnar Klavan – 6/10

The Estonian does seem to need some rest, he might have put in a few good performances lately but the month of January has been horrid for him.

Alberto Moreno – 6/10

The Spaniard gave away a free-kick in the first minute which the away side took advantage of. Moreno was alright thereafter but really couldn’t add a lot of quality to the Liverpool attack.

Ovie Ejaria – 7/10

The young midfielder was one of the bright spots for a poor Liverpool side and tried hard to create openings for the side. He didn’t really produce a lot of clear-cut goal scoring opportunities but he can hold his head up high after the game.  

Lucas Leiva – 6/10

Lucas had another poor game and often looked out of his depth. He should have taken a leader’s role to guide the young side but didn’t do much on the field.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6/10

Unlucky to get booked in the second half, Wijnaldum was another player that many expected to step up in the game but barely got going. He did have a good chance to score in the second half but wasted his opportunity.

Ben Woodburn – 7/10

Helder Costa takes on Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn

Woodburn was played out on the right and did have a couple of bright sparks, especially in the second half but it just was not enough for the Reds.

Roberto Firmino – 6/10

The Brazilian looked off-colour and does need some rest. He wasn’t really involved in the game and was taken off in the second half to bring on Daniel Sturridge.

Divock Origi – 4/10

Origi might have gotten the goal but he was horrible with the ball at his feet. His movement was static; he gave away needless fouls and certainly looks like he needs a rest.

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Philippe Coutinho – 6/10

The Brazilian came on at the start of the second half but there was barely any movement form the Liverpool players which Coutinho could use. A poor second half and hopefully he will do better against Chelsea.

Daniel Sturridge – 5/10

Sturridge barely helped the side out and tried to do too many things with the ball at his feet. Again, no movement, no penetration and a poor showing from the Englishman on the pitch.

Emre Can – 5/10

The German didn’t really stand out either from a horrendous showing at Anfield.

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Liverpool injury update: Jurgen Klopp provides the latest on injured Reds stars including Keita

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Manager Jurgen Klopp has provided the latest team news ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Huddersfield Town. (Liverpool Echo)

Summer signing Naby Keita suffered a hamstring injury while on duty for his national team whereas Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Virgil Van Dijk suffered setbacks too.

The Reds will check on the fitness of the latter three but Klopp confirmed that Keita is out for this game. When asked if he had a fitness update, Klopp responded by saying (h/t Liverpool Echo),

“Not really. We had a session yesterday and a few of the boys trained, so we’ll have to see how they’ve reacted after that.

“The only thing that is pretty sure is that Naby will not be available; with all the rest we have to see how it develops. That’s it, pretty much.”

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Naby Keita

Speaking about Virgil van Dijk, the gaffer added that there were no long-term concerns regarding the player’s fitness. The Dutchman featured in the Netherlands’ 3-0 win vs Germany but returned home after the game as a precautionary measure, missing the following game against Belgium.

Klopp added:

“You saw when he went off – everybody saw when he went off – in the home game against Southampton, Virg would not leave the pitch without any major problems.

“It settled pretty quickly. Football players have to play very often with some kind of pain, that’s how it is. What it is exactly is not too important.

“It’s all good, he has no problems with that anymore.”

Virgil van Dijk (right)

We’ll have to wait to see if the injured players recover in time to make it to the starting XI against Huddersfield Town.

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Despite a drop in form, we are level on points with league leaders Man City and a win against the Terriers would help us maintain the pressure at the top.

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Salah and Mane out? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield Town

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Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez

Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Huddersfield in the Premier League

Liverpool take on a struggling Huddersfield Town in the Premier League on Saturday. While the Terriers are one of the three teams who are yet to win in the Premier League this season, Liverpool are tied level on points with league leaders, Manchester City.

The Reds are unbeaten in the league but the international break hasn’t been great. Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane all picked up injuries and Jurgen Klopp might mix things up.

Liverpool drew against Manchester City last time around and it will be interesting to see how the Reds fare in this game.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian is our first-choice goalkeeper and will start the game against the Terriers on Saturday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Alexander-Arnold was part of the England side during the recent international break and should be up for the clash against Huddersfield.

Joe Gomez

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk is a sure starter for the Reds at the back. He has completely transformed our team’s dynamics and is crucial to our success.

Joe Gomez (CB)

Gomez was excellent for England against Spain and should look to carry that form for Liverpool on Saturday.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The Scottish captain is one of the best left-backs in the league and must start for the Reds.

James Milner (CM)

Milner picked up an injury prior to the international break but should be fit for this game.

Geoginio Wijnaldum & Memphis Depay

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain should start the game for the Reds given that Naby Keita is out injured.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum scored a great goal against Germany recently and has been excellent for Liverpool so far.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RW)

Salah’s minor problem could give Shaqiri a chance to shine. The Swiss star hasn’t started many games for us, but this is the perfect tie to play him.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian isn’t getting as many goals as he would have liked, but he is an important player for the team and should start on Saturday.

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Daniel Sturridge (LW)

With Mane a doubt, Klopp can opt to play Daniel Sturridge on the left wing.

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Reputed journalist claims Liverpool attacker will leave in January – £20m price tag set

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James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo reports that Divock Origi could leave Anfield in the winter window. The Belgian was linked with a move away in the summer but remained at the club.

However, the 23-year-old hasn’t played a single senior minute for Liverpool, but the report adds that the Reds will demand a fee of £20million for the Belgian in January.

Wolverhampton Wanderers could make a move for the Belgian striker. The club were willing to spend £22million plus add-ons in the summer but Origi wasn’t willing to move to Molineux, as per the report.

The report adds that Everton are also interested in the 23-year-old but they have not made any official contact with Liverpool.

Borussia Dortmund were also interested in the striker (h/t Liverpool Echo) but wanted to sign him on a loan in the summer.

Origi is not getting a lot of game time this season as Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are being preferred by Jurgen Klopp.

The Belgian needs to move out and truth be told, he hasn’t been the same since a horrible tackle by Ramiro Funes Mori in a Merseyside derby in Klopp’s first season in charge.

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Origi could fetch us some decent money and hopefully, he gets the right move away from the club to reignite his career elsewhere.

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