Huddersfield vs. Liverpool | John Smith’s Stadium |
Can the Reds quickly return to winning ways?
Liverpool’s unique ability to leave their fans scratching their heads resurfaced this week, after the Reds followed a stunning victory over previously undefeated Manchester City by capitulating to rock-bottom Swansea City.
That has given Arsenal and particularly Tottenham fresh impetus in the top-four race, so Jurgen Klopp’s men won’t want any more slip-ups against lower-ranked opposition here.
Huddersfield have a relatively clean bill of health, while Nathaniel Clyne (back), Jordan Henderson (hamstring) and Alberto Moreno (ankle) are among those sidelined for Liverpool at the time of writing.
After a solid start to their first Premier League campaign, the Terriers have been in a slump, with their last league win coming against Watford back on December 16.
Three draws were then followed by defeats to Leicester City, West Ham and Stoke, leaving Huddersfield just two points above the relegation zone, although defender Scott Malone expressed his confidence this week the Terriers will retain their top-flight status.
Swansea vs. Arsenal
Swansea vs. Arsenal | The Liberty Stadium |
The Swans Eye Another Scalp
Arsenal’s unlikely star in their 4-1 win over Palace was defender Nacho Monreal who netted one goal and assisted two before being substituted after just 34 minutes due to a kick to the back of his hamstring. With Wenger later revealing that the substitution was precautionary, Monreal is likely to return to face Swansea. Olivier Giroud and Santi Carzola remain out for the Gunners.
New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan should be available for the Gunners after making the switch from Manchester United in exchange for Alexis Sanchez.
Swansea striker Tammy Abraham could return after missing a number of games - including the Liverpool triumph due to a hip injury. Renato Sanches, who has been disappointing since his loan move from Bayern Munich, could also be back in contention.