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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane a pair of 9s in thrashing of Huddersfield

Liverpool cantered past a feeble Huddersfield winning 5-0 at Anfield to return to the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool swept Huddersfield aside with ease in a 5-0 win to return to the top of the Premier League. A record-setting Naby Keita goal after just 15 seconds set them on their way, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored twice. The result sees the Reds move onto an incredible 91 points with two games still to play. Will it be enough? Who knows, but whatever happens this team has already proven themselves to be something special.

Positives

Great goals, great football and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long awaited comeback. All in all a great night.

Negatives

The only downside to any of this is that unless Manchester City drop points this wonderful Liverpool side will be denied the league title they feel they deserve.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- With Roberto Firmino sidelined, Klopp selected Daniel Sturridge ahead of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, while also electing to recall Dejan Lovren and give Joel Matip a rest. In truth, Huddersfield were so poor he could have made more changes and still won the game comfortably, but it's good to see the German not taking any unnecessary risks with his selections.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alisson Becker, 7 -- Kept his 20th Premier League clean sheet of the season but did not have to work especially hard to do so. Made one good save to deny Juninho Bacuna but that was about it.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 8 -- Top class. Produced some wonderful passes, not least an inch perfect ball to Salah for the third goal and a fine cross to Sturridge that resulted in a goal that was called back for offside.

DF Dejan Lovren, 7 -- Solid display. Passed accurately, competed well with Huddersfield's physical front players and could even have scored with a well struck but poorly directed late volley.

DF Virgil Van Dijk, 7 -- Makes everything look so easy. Rarely had to get out of second gear but gave the crowd a scare when he stayed down after winning an aerial challenge. A concerned hush was followed by a relieved cheer as he got to his feet. Everybody knows just how important the Netherlands international is to Liverpool's hopes of silverware.

DF Andrew Robertson, 9 -- Incredible levels of stamina and bags of quality. The Scot raided up and down the left flank all evening and provided two more assists to an ever growing list.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 8 -- Very efficient in the holding role once again. Rarely gives the ball away and is always in the right position. Given a well earned rest when he made way for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

MF Jordan Henderson, 8 -- Outstanding once again and is currently playing as well as he ever has. Even had his name chanted by the Kop on more than one occasion, which was nice to hear as it doesn't happen often enough. Should have scored but typically couldn't keep his shot down.

MF Naby Keita, 8 -- Another encouraging performance from the Guinean who looks to have finally settled after a difficult start. Opened the scoring with a nice finish and was very good at both ends of the pitch, passing the ball well and showing a great appetite to get back and help out defensively when needed.

FW Mohamed Salah, 9 -- Sensational at times. Scored two good goals to take the outright lead in the Golden Boot race and almost added two more that would have been goal of the season contenders. Also laid on the opener for Keita and has hit his best form just in time to face Barcelona next week.

FW Daniel Sturridge, 6 -- Surprise selection in place of the injured Roberto Firmino. Understandably off the pace at times but generally did OK. Had a goal disallowed for offside and showed some nice touches before being replaced by Shaqiri.

FW Sadio Mane, 9 -- Continued the great form that saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year. Found the net twice with his head and only the post denied him a third.

Substitutes

MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, NR -- After over a year on the sidelines he's finally back, and he looks razor sharp. Almost capped an emotional night with a goal right after coming on, but was denied by the keeper.

FW Xherdan Shaqiri, NR -- The cheer that greeted his arrival was almost as loud as that Oxlade-Chamberlain received. The popular Switzerland forward has barely featured for months but he provided a timely reminder of what he can do with an impressive cameo.

DF Joe Gomez, NR -- Given a few minutes at right-back late on.

Liverpool swept Huddersfield aside with ease in a 5-0 win to return to the top of the Premier League. A Naby Keita goal after just 15 seconds set them on their way, while Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored twice. The result sees the Reds move onto an incredible 91 points with two games still to play. Will it be enough? Who knows, but whatever happens this team has already proven themselves to be something special.

Positives

Great goals, great football and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long awaited comeback. All in all a great night.

Negatives

The only downside to any of this is that unless Manchester City drop points this wonderful Liverpool side will be denied the league title they feel they deserve.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- With Roberto Firmino sidelined, Klopp selected Daniel Sturridge ahead of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri, while also electing to recall Dejan Lovren and give Joel Matip a rest. In truth, Huddersfield were so poor he could have made more changes and still won the game comfortably, but it's good to see the German not taking any unnecessary risks with his selections.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Alisson Becker, 7 -- Kept his 20th Premier League clean sheet of the season but did not have to work especially hard to do so. Made one good save to deny Juninho Bacuna but that was about it.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 8 -- Top class. Produced some wonderful passes, not least an inch perfect ball to Salah for the third goal.

DF Dejan Lovren, 7 -- Solid display. Passed accurately, competed well with Huddersfield's physical front players and could even have scored with a well struck but poorly directed late volley.

DF Virgil Van Dijk, 7 -- Makes everything look so easy. Rarely had to get out of second gear but gave the crowd a scare when he stayed down after winning an aerial challenge. A concerned hush was followed by a relieved cheer as he got to his feet. Everybody knows just how important the Dutchman is to Liverpool's hopes of silverware.

DF Andrew Robertson, 9 -- Incredible levels of stamina and bags of quality. The Scot raided up and down that left flank all evening and provided two more assists to an ever growing list.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 8 -- Very efficient in the holding role once again. Rarely gives the ball away and is always in the right position. Given a well earned rest when he made way for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

MF Jordan Henderson, 8 -- Outstanding once again and is currently playing as well as he ever has. Even had his name chanted by the Kop on more than one occasion, which was nice to hear as it doesn't happen often enough. Should have scored but typically couldn't keep his shot down.

MF Naby Keita, 8 -- Another encouraging performance from the Guinean who looks to have finally settled after a difficult start. Opened the scoring with a nice finish and was very good at both ends of the pitch, passing the ball well and showing a great appetite to get back and help out defensively when needed.

FW Mohamed Salah, 9 -- Sensational at times. Scored two good goals and almost added two more that would have been goal of the season contenders. Also laid on the opener for Keita and has hit his best form just in time to face Barcelona next week.

FW Daniel Sturridge, 6 -- Surprise selection in place of the injured Roberto Firmino. Understandably off the pace at times but generally did ok. Had a goal disallowed for offside and showed some nice touches before being replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri.

FW Sadio Mane, 9 -- Continued the great form that saw him named in the PFA Team of the Year. Found the net twice with his head and only the post denied him a third.

Substitutes:

MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, NR -- After over a year on the sidelines he's finally back, and he looks razor sharp. Almost capped an emotional night with a goal but was denied by the keeper.

FW Xherdan Shaqiri, NR -- The cheer that greeted his arrival was almost as loud as that Oxlade-Chamberlain received. The popular Swiss forward has barely featured for months but he provided a timely reminder of what he can do with an impressive cameo.

DF Joe Gomez, NR -- Given a few minutes at right back late on.

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