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Liverpool endured a disappointing Saturday afternoon as we were beaten by arch-rivals Manchester United 2-1 in the Premier League.

Dejan Lovren made two massive mistakes and United punished us severely, with Marcus Rashford scoring twice in the first-half. Lovren was twice beaten in the air by United striker Romelu Lukaku, who is known for his physicality. Our Croatian centre-back was bullied by Lukaku, who simply had an excellent game, to say the least.

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino is very surprised that Jurgen Klopp didn’t make tactical changes and never switched Virgil van Dijk to the other side to man-mark Lukaku instead.

“Having watched Lovren struggle early on I was amazed that Virgil [van Dijk] — a £75million defender — didn’t switch and try to stop Lukaku,” Cascarino wrote in his column for The Times.

“I had so many defenders swap during the game to try to mark me and give me a different challenge.

“Liverpool needed Van Dijk to show he is a leader at the back and take charge of the situation. The Belgium striker is becoming a big-game player; Liverpool need Van Dijk to do the same.”

It was indeed naïve from Klopp to not switch Lovren and Van Dijk. Lovren has clearly struggled to cope with strong and robust centre-forwards since joining the Reds. The same thing happened on Saturday with the Croatian having a miserable time against Lukaku.

Our manager should have spotted it when we conceded the first goal because of Lukaku’s flick. Van Dijk is more commanding in the air than Lovren and the Dutchman could have been the ideal man to mark Lukaku.

What’s lost cannot be brought back and so it is wise to move on from the defeat against United. Klopp seriously needs to make bold decisions while selecting his defenders.

The Lovren-Van Dijk partnership has done very well in the recent few weeks and let us hope that the duo comes out on top against Watford. Time to pick ourselves up and bounce back with a win on Saturday.

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“New Fernando Torres”: Some Liverpool fans on cloud nine as on-loan starlet wins Carabao Cup Player of the Round award

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In what comes as a sweet surprise to the Liverpool fans, on-loan Reds starlet Harry Wilson has won the Carabao Cup Player of the Round award.

The youngster scored a fantastic free-kick against Manchester United to inflict a painful defeat on the Red Devils. He is currently on loan at Derby County, managed by Frank Lampard, and the promising young starlet is enjoying a good spell at the club.

He has made 9 appearances in all competitions, scoring 2 goals and claiming an assist. Wilson had a very good game against Mourinho’s men in the Carabao Cup and scored his team’s first goal to equalise after Mata had given Mourinho’s men an early lead.

The game was incredible as it went all the way to the penalties, with Derby eventually winning the shootout 8-7. As the club’s official twitter handle shared the news, some fans went crazy on Twitter.

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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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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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