It’s been a difficult start to the season for David Wagner and his Huddersfield team, with the Yorkshire side sitting in the bottom three going into the weekend’s action.
The Terriers are two points behind Fulham in 17thand are yet to win any of their first eight games of the Premier League season.
And breaking down the stats behind Huddersfield’s campaign so far, it’s not hard to see where the team are struggling.
GOALS SCORED: 4 – RANK: 20th
In their second season in the Premier League Huddersfield have currently only scored four goals so far, which is the joint-lowest out of the whole division along with newly promoted Cardiff City.
Out of those goals scored, three of them have come from defenders – Jon Stankovic, Mathias Jorgensen and Christopher Schindler.
A lot more needs to come from strikers Steve Mounie and Laurent Depoitre if Huddersfield are going to stand any chance of staying in the top flight come May.
BIG CHANCES MISSED: 4 – RANK: 20th
Sometimes the argument when your strikers aren’t scoring is ‘well, at least they’re getting in there’ but this doesn’t appear to be the case for Huddersfield at this moment in time either.
They rank joint-bottom (with Burnley) again on big chances missed with 4 which suggests that it’s not a surprise that they aren’t scoring many goals, when they can’t create many chances in the first place.
Huddersfield’s promotion from the Championship was built on a counter-attacking and pressing style that at the very least produced a number of opportunities for their forwards, but since promotion survival has been the name of the game and protecting rather than flourishing has seen Wagner adopt a more pragmatic approach.
GOALS CONCEDED: 17 – RANK: 19th
A team that is failing to score goals and shifting a bucket load at the other end – it is a recipe for disaster.
But that is the predicament Huddersfield find themselves in at the moment, whether it is Jonas Lossl or Ben Hamer in goal the Terriers just can’t stop shipping goals.
Only Fulham have conceded more, and it could be a long, hard season if Wagner doesn’t find a way to tighten up the defence soon.
Huddersfield are showing signs of a bit of ‘second season syndrome’ currently and Liverpool have every right to be confident going into the game on Saturday.
However, the international break has brought with it a number of injuries for Jurgen Klopp to have to deal with and a crowd that is up for it when a big club comes to town could prove a bit of a banana skin on Saturday evening.