The task awaiting Liverpool at Huddersfield Town is made tougher by the fixture's timing, Daniel Sturridge feels.
“I think it will be tough. The games are always difficult off the back of international breaks: players are tired, they’ve travelled, the week’s not as long in terms of we can’t do as much tactical work as we would usually do throughout the week,” the striker told.
“And obviously players have gone away and done different tactics with their national teams, played in different positions and roles, so it kind of poses a little bit of a ‘can we get back to what we’re used to doing?’. I hope we go there and we get a result, that’s the main thing. We’ve just got to stay focused on that.
We never will underestimate any team. People will say we’re favourites but we’re going into this game and we’re both on the same playing field. It’s the Premier League, so every team is strong in this league."
"It’s always important - playing against teams which sometimes sit deeper, teams that don’t, say, [set out to] break us down, those are games when you have to be very patient,” Sturridge continued. “And this team’s at home also, so they’ll be playing on the front foot. They’ll show us respect, but I don’t think they’ll show us too much respect, especially being at home.
We have to be mindful of that and we have to stay focused on the job we have to do, because we understand that they’re a strong team and they have improved since last season also.
I think every team when they set up in the Premier League, they look at oppositions differently, they look at the past games and they get to watch you and see ‘what are their weaknesses and can we exploit them?’ We understand that they’re going into this game trying to win it and we’re going to do the same.”
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