Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Blades
defeated by the Champions as they stay at the foot of the table
(Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Liverpool found their feet at Bramall Lane, with a 2-0 win over the Blades with goals from Jones and an own goal from Sheffield United defender Kean Bryan.

A tough tie for Liverpool as they came into this game on a four game winless run in the league.

Liverpool were without their usual shot stopper Allison as he was away mourning the recent news of his father passing away, so Adrian took the number one spot for the day. Along with one other change as Phillips comes in for Henderson in the centre back spot.

Whilst the Blades made three changes from their last line-up, in their 1-0 away loss to Fulham.

Sheffield United who sit bottom of the Premier League are winless in their last three Premier League games as they fight a tough battle to avoid relegation back to the Championship.

Story of the match

Liverpool scored their 7000th league goal against Sheffield United in the 64th minute after Firmino saw his shot take a deflection off Bryan and over Ramsdale into the back of the net to double his sides lead.

Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones gave his side the lead early on in the second half. Alexander-Arnold crossed the ball into the box, as the Sheffield United defence stopped to appeal as they thought the ball had gone out of play. The cross deflected into Jones who hit low and hard into the bottom right corner of the goal.

The Blades did have the ball in the back of the net in the first half, however it was ruled out for offside. A good ball over the top to McBurnie found Kabak, who put the ball into the back of his own goal, however it was McBurnie who was in an offside position and he was judged to of interfered with play.

David McGoldrick nearly opened the scoring in the opening minutes as he latched onto the end of a freekick at the back post. However, Adrian saved well to keep the scores level early on in the game.

The game had a very bright start as both teams had chances, Firmino with a one-on-one opportunity moments after the Blades nearly scored. He latched onto the ball after it took a deflection. However, Ramsdale saved his shot, which was right down the throat of the goal.

Liverpool continued to pile on the pressure in the first half to try and find that all important opening, but Ramsdale was equal to everything. Salah with the next big chance as he tries to hit the ball across goal, forcing Ramsdale into making yet another fabulous save.

It slowly became a story of chance after chance for Liverpool in the first half. Ramsdale being forced into making yet another excellent save. This time Alexander-Arnold with the shot, firing it towards the top right corner of the goal, forcing Ramsdale into making an acrobatic save.

A tough old mountain to climb for the Sheffield United after they went 2-0 down in the second half. McBurnie came close to an equaliser as he unfortunately saw his header go just wide of the post and out for a goal-kick.

Late on in the game Liverpool nearly found a third as Robertson crossed the ball into a dangerous area, finding the prolific goal scorer Mo Salah. However, Salah couldn’t find the back of the net and hits just wide of the post, a chance he really should’ve scored.

Starting XI's

Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Ampadu, Jagielka, Bryan, Baldock, Norwood, Lundstram, Fleck, Stevens, McBurnie, McGoldrick.

Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Jones, Thiago,  Wijnaldom, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

  

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