Liverpool Bounces Back with 3-0 Win at Huddersfield

first_imgHUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Liverpool bounced back from two straight losses with a 3-0 win at Huddersfield that cemented the team’s place in the top four of the Premier League on Tuesday.Emre Can opened the scoring with a fiercely-struck shot on the bounce from outside the area and Roberto Firmino doubled the lead on the stroke of halftime, squeezing in a finish from an acute angle.Mohamed Salah grabbed the third from the penalty spot after Can was fouled, as Liverpool recovered from losses to Swansea in the league and West Bromwich Albion in the fourth round of the FA Cup.“It was important for us after the last two results and performances that we weren’t happy with,” Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said.Can, who also won the penalty, produced an impressive performance amid continued speculation linking him with a move to Juventus, though Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp said he was not bothered by the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future.“What is the problem, as long as he plays like this?” Klopp said. “As long as people behave like Emre now behaves and delivers and then, if, in the end, we have to do it, we shake hands and say goodbye. And if he stays, we say hello again.”Huddersfield, which hasn’t beaten Liverpool since 1959, is only a point above the relegation zone.Arsenal loses 3-1 at Swansea to damage top-4 hopes in EPLSTEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports WriterThe arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot come quickly enough for Arsenal.Its 3-1 loss on Tuesday to Swansea, which started the match as the Premier League’s last-place team, punctured some of the optimism generated by the imminent signing of one of Europe’s most lethal strikers.Aubumeyang flew to London earlier in the day to put the finishing touches to a drawn-out transfer from Borussia Dortmund that Arsenal hopes will be completed on Wednesday, the final day of the January transfer window.He would be joining a team that slipped eight points off the Champions League qualification positions as a result of the chastening loss in south Wales. Arsenal has just 13 games to claw back the deficit, or it will be out of Europe’s elite competition for a second straight season.Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas scored either side of a goal by Jordan Ayew following a dreadful error by Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, who miskicked a clearance straight to the striker.Olivier Giroud came on as a late substitute for what could be his last appearance for Arsenal, with Aubameyang likely arriving as a direct replacement for the France striker. Giroud waved to Arsenal’s traveling fans before the leaving the pitch after the final whistle.Asked about the departure of Giroud and the arrival of Aubameyang, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said all will be revealed on Wednesday morning.Henrikh Mkhitaryan played the final half hour in his first appearance for Arsenal since joining from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez.Fourth-place Liverpool capitalized on Arsenal’s slip-up by beating Huddersfield 3-0 away to move eight points clear of Wenger’s team. Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah — from the penalty spot — were the scorers.West Ham fought back to draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the other game, with Mark Noble’s penalty canceling out a goal by Christian Benteke.___CECH FRONTS UPCech took to Twitter straight after the match following his game-changing error at Liberty Stadium.“Although mistakes are part of the game,” he wrote, “I always expect 100 percent from myself and I’m not happy with the one I made today.”It was a particularly bad one, the goalkeeper getting his feet mixed up as he attempted to make a first-time clearance from a back-pass and only managing to offer up the easiest of chances to Ayew. The striker made no mistake from close range.That made it 2-1 and Clucas scored the clinching third goal in the 86th, having got Swansea back into the game with the equalizer in the 34th. A minute earlier, Arsenal had taken the lead through Nacho Monreal, who converted a pass from Mesut Ozil.“I felt defensively we were very poor and made big mistakes,” Wenger said.Swansea, which followed up a 1-0 win over Liverpool last week, climbed out of the relegation zone and into 17th place in the 20-team league.“We have a chance (of staying up),” Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal said. “We are not in intensive care. We are not far away from the doctor saying we can go home.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img