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Tuesday 11 December 2018

Danny Williams urges Huddersfield to stay grounded ahead of Liverpool encounter

Danny Williams has tried to rein in expectation
Danny Williams has tried to rein in expectation

Midfielder Danny Williams has warned Huddersfield fans not to expect another famous Premier League upset on Saturday at Liverpool.

The Terriers' spirit scaled new modern-day heights last week when they stunned Manchester United 2-1, but Williams has urged everyone connected with the Yorkshire club to stay grounded.

"Everyone knows it was a big result, but we can't go into another game like this and think we have to beat them," Williams said.

"We can expect we will work hard, the same approach as against United, but to expect a result I think would be a bit unfair.

"I'm happy for everybody around the club, the fans, the people who live here, that we could give them something like that.

"It will go down in history, but we should just focus and not go into the game with too much expectation."

Williams has listened well to head coach David Wagner since arriving on a free transfer from Reading in the summer.

Both men were born in Germany and qualified to play for the United States through their respective fathers, and Williams' approach to the Terriers' top-flight adventure is classic Wagner mantra.

Williams acknowledged everyone at the club's Canalside training base had an extra spring in their step this week, but now it was time to knuckle down.

"You could see the buzz around the training ground, around the fans and the club itself," he said. "The next day in the dressing room, you could see and feel how big the win was.

"We know what happened, but the past is in the past. The best message for our team would be to leave that behind, take the confidence out of that game and try to do our best on Saturday."

Collin Quaner is expected to return to Wagner's squad after a calf strain and fellow forward Elias Kachunga has shaken off a back injury sustained against United.

Midfielder Philip Billing will be sidelined for around 12 weeks after ankle surgery, while Kasey Palmer (hamstring), Michael Hefele (Achilles) and Jon Gorenc Stankovic (knee) are still out.

Williams opted not to dwell on the media attention surrounding Wagner's encounter with best friend, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

"It's a big story and exciting for everyone to watch, but I always try to leave all that in the build-up to the game," said the 28-year-old, who will be seeking out his own pal Roberto Firmino.

"I played with him for two years at Hoffenheim and I could see already what a great player he would be," Williams said.

"He's a great guy and a great character. He loves his football and his family so I'm really looking forward to seeing him again."

On his first trip to Anfield, he added: " It's going to be something special. Every kid dreams about playing at Anfield.

"I've got a few friends coming as well because it's not a usual game, is it? I'm looking forward to it and hopefully we can do ourselves proud again."

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