The Chalkboard: Klopp may need to bring Shaqiri back into the fold vs Huddersfield

In the fixture at the John Smith’s Stadium earlier in the season, Liverpool really struggled to find gaps in what was a sturdy Huddersfield backline.

Chances were few and far between for both sides, with the Terriers having two more shots than the Reds on the day and also managing to get close to them on the possession stats with 47.8% of the ball.

Huddersfield won more aerials duels and made six more tackles than Jurgen Klopp’s men back in October, and only a dazzling run and through ball from Xherdan Shaqiri to set Mohamed Salah in to score separated the two sides on the scoresheet.

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That man in question, Shaqiri, has been somewhat frozen out of the side since the turn of the year. The former Bayern Munich man has played just 40 minutes of football since starting the 1-1 draw against Leicester at the end of January, for reasons which we do not yet know.

His exclusion has been strange, as he was playing some good football in the first half of the season – his double against Manchester United in the 3-1 win at Anfield was perhaps his best moment in a red shirt.

The 27-year-old is always positive on the ball, and is a player who is keen to drive forward and test opposition defences with his long-range shooting ability or his ability to pick an eye-of-the-needle pass – yes, his defensive discipline may be questionable, but that shouldn’t be a problem against the league’s lowest scorers.

It doesn’t seem likely that he will be drafted into a side currently on a nine-game winning run, but this fixture has all the makings of a potential banana skin at Anfield this evening, and may require the talents of the Swiss international if Jan Siewert’s team are proving to be a tough nut to crack – the Terriers are also already relegated, so all the pressure will be on Liverpool.

Whatever is going on between Klopp and Shaqiri, it may need to be put to rest in order to keep the Reds’ title hopes alive, as anything other than a win will surely ensure the trophy ends up in Manchester City’s hands yet again.