Sheffield United just came up short as Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners at Anfield this evening.
The Blades led in the first-half through a Sander Berge penalty as Chris Wilder’s men came out of the traps with confidence despite only having one point on the board this season.
A Roberto Firmino goal just before the break meant the game was level after 45 minutes, although Wilder and Alan Knill will have been happy with what they saw in the majority.
However, a second goal from Diogo Jota killed the game off, the former Wolves man rising above Enda Stevens to head home and put Liverpool into a 2-1 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
But, a much-improved performance from United leaves cause for optimism, and site writer Lee Connor gives you his player ratings from Anfield this evening.
Aaron Ramsdale – 7
Could do little about either goal although he might feel he could have pushed Sadio Mane’s header round the post rather than into the path of Firmino.
George Baldock – 7
Will be disappointed not to have stopped the cross for the second goal but coped well with Sadio Mane all night and was unlucky with a rasping effort in the second half.
Chris Basham – 7
Like Baldock, had to be on his toes to keep Mane at bay and was his usual dependable self in the back three.
John Egan – 8
Outstanding performance from Egan at times tonight. Blocked countless shots and won a number of headers to keep Roberto Firmino almost out of the game completely.
Enda Stevens – 7
Would score higher but for his allowance of Jota to head home the winner. But closer to being his best.
Ben Osborn – 8
Brilliant display from Osborn, who took to the task of playing left wing-back with ease once again.
Ethan Ampadu – 9
A brilliant display in front of the back four from Ampadu who looks to have cemented that role for the coming weeks at the very least.
Sander Berge – 9 (MOTM)
An absolute Rolls Royce of a midfielder and his best performance in a Blades shirt. Player of the season so far.
John Lundstram – 7
Worked hard and got up and down as normal but could perhaps have been a bit more positive in attacking areas.
Oli McBurnie – 7
Tireless performance once again from McBurnie. However, he is lacking a bit of confidence in front of goal and it showed.
Rhian Brewster – 6
Hard to judge but showed some nice touches and turns of speed. Should improve as the weeks go by.