Liverpool ran out comfortable 2-0 winners at Anfield last night to take another comfortable three points against Chris Wilder’s Blades.
The Reds took another giant step towards the Premier League title with the win. Chris Wilder’s men huffed and puffed throughout but ultimately, failed to land a telling blow on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Dean Henderson made a number of fine saves but was powerless to keep out efforts from Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Blades midfielder, John Lundstram, did take a chance but saw his effort ruled out for offside. Oli McBurnie also missed a golden chance late in the game to get one back but scuffed his effort straight at Alisson.
On the whole, it was a frustrating but expected night for the Blades. Here’s how site writer, Lee Connor, scored the Sheffield United players’ performances…
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Dean Henderson – 9 (MOTM)
Made save after save and made up for his error at Bramall Lane earlier in the season. Wasn’t to blame for a Mo Salah effort hitting the post either despite some fingers pointed his way.
George Baldock – 6
Mistake led to the goal and was never afforded the chance to get forward like he usually is.
Chris Basham – 8
Did very well against a frighteningly good front three. Dealt admirably with the threat of Sadio Mane all evening.
John Egan – 7
Again, more or less faultless. Liverpool were brilliant but Egan held his own at the heart of the defence.
Jack O’Connell – 7
Impressed against the club he supported as a boy. Dealt well with Mo Salah and looks every bit the top-class Premier League defender as the weeks go by.
Enda Stevens – 7
Did well to get forward at times but delayed the final ball more than once. Could have been more decisive but defensively, was sound.
Oli Norwood – 6
Was simply smothered in the middle and never got the chance to get going. Klopp had him marked out from the very start.
John Fleck – 6
A surprising off day for the Scottish midfielder. However, like Norwood, was afforded little room to impress.
John Lundstram – 6
Was a bit too negative at times but worked hard on his return to the XI.
David McGoldrick – 6
Did well and then went quiet in the second half before being taken off.
Lys Mousset – 6
Hustled and harried but had the thankless task of coming up against Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman was simply sublime once more.
Sharp, McBurnie, Besic – All worked hard but was a thankless task really. McBurnie will be disappointed not to score at the back post late on in the game.
There’s not a lot to say, really.
Put simply, Liverpool are one of the best sides we’ve ever seen. Fit, quick, and with a tactical plan that they work to perfection. It was no surprise to see them take all three points last night.
For the Blades, it’s time to go again and not worry about a loss to a simply brilliant Liverpool team.