Sander Berge put in a fine performance for Sheffield United last night as the Blades narrowly lost 2-1 to Liverpool.
The Norwegian midfielder got his first goal of the season from the penalty spot, sending Alisson Becker the wrong way to give United a 1-0 lead. However, goals from Bobby Firmino and then Diogo Jota put the Reds ahead and United, despite plenty of effort, couldn’t quite find an equaliser.
And Berge, who was speaking following the game, has urged his teammates to become more clinical in front of goal.
“Many times we could have been even more clinical in their box and scored more. Then it’s about not giving them anything,” Berge said.
“That’s the difference today, in both boxes. We showed a lot of confidence in what we are doing and if we keep playing like this I’m 100% sure the results will come.”
It was arguably Berge’s best performance in a Sheffield United shirt as he competed and at times, dominated, the likes of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum in the midfield area.
Berge makes a fantastic point
Chris Wilder alluded to this in his post-match interview but it does feel a bit like groundhog day. Played well, worked hard, allowed a sloppy goal, couldn’t create something clear-cut to equalise.
Berge is right, we have to be more clinical. And that comes in terms of actually finishing off anything we create and the decision making when we get around the box.
At times last night we drove forward only to make the wrong decision or a poor final pass. That has to improve, otherwise the likes of McBurnie and Brewster won’t even get the chances to score.