REUTERS - Liverpool put their recent Premier League frustrations behind them to breeze past Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Saturday with Daniel Sturridge’s goal setting up the victory.
Mohamed Salah missed a first-half penalty but that was largely forgotten by the end as Juergen Klopp’s side produced a vibrant second-half display with Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum on target after Sturridge broke the deadlock.
Their first win in four league games kept Liverpool in touch with the top four, moving them up to sixth spot with 16 points from 10 games, three behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
“The manager told us not to get frustrated because they were dropping real deep,” Wijnaldum said.
“Every win is a big win for us and it was important because we had to give a reaction from the match last week.
“I think we did well.”
Liverpool’s home form contrasts sharply with their away results and they have now conceded only once at Anfield compared to the 15 they have let in on their travels - the most recent setback being last week’s 4-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur.
Huddersfield are also finding it tough on their travels and rarely worried Liverpool’s defence.
They defended resolutely, though, and reached the interval at 0-0 thanks to Jonas Lossl’s save to stop Salah’s spot-kick.
Sturridge eased any home anxiety in the 50th minute when Huddersfield defender Tommy Smith’s misguided header fell into his path and he dinked in his first goal since August.
Eight minutes later Firminho met James Milner’s corner with a firm header to make it 2-0 and Wijnaldum smashed home the third as Huddersfield’s resistance crumbled.
David Wagner’s side managed only one goal attempt and they have now failed to score away since they began the season with a 3-0 victory away at Crystal Palace.
Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Ed Osmond