Aaron Ramsdale put in another fine performance for Sheffield United as they lost 2-0 to Liverpool.
Ramsdale couldn’t prevent the Blades slipping to a 21st Premier League defeat in 26 games this season.
The goalkeeper couldn’t stop United losing their fourth successive game, or help them improve on 11 points so far in 2020/21.
But he did his best to provide them with a platform to get something from their match against the Champions at Bramall Lane.
The fact the score remained 0-0 at half-time was largely thanks to Ramsdale, who made a string of fine saves to deny the Reds.
Both his boss Chris Wilder and opposition manager Jurgen Klopp praised the performance of the 22-year-old after the game.
Few fans could criticise the Ramsdale’s display – which hasn’t always been the case this term.
We don’t hide away from the fact that on this site, we questioned whether the ‘keeper should be dropped. We also condemned those trolls whose abuse of Ramsdale was vile and unjust.
But for the player himself, it was all getting too much.
Aaron Ramsdale on Sheffield United criticism
After his performance on Sunday night, Ramsdale opened up about how it’s all affected him.
“I think over the past few weeks I’ve shown more quality and helped the team a lot more,” the England Under-21 international told BBC Radio Sheffield.
“I think throughout the season there has been criticism and a few finger points. Some have been justified, I believe, and some haven’t.
“But that’s the life of being a goalkeeper. I’ve chosen to do that and I’ve taken it all on the chin.
“I think I lost a little belief in myself. With people’s criticisms, you take it with a pinch of salt when it is unjustified.
“I’ve just been believing in myself a bit more, taking each game as it comes and not worrying about outside noise as much. If someone wants to say something, they can say it and I’ll listen if I want to. Lately, I haven’t been.
“This is now time for me to kick on. Whatever league we’re in next year, I want to be part of it.”
We all hope we would respond to criticism like this, but actually doing it is rare and commendable.
Ramsdale vowed to turn his form around earlier this year and is now delivering on his promise. In fact, he has been for the past few games.
It’s impressive and deserves praise. The Blades have a committed number one for the present and future.