Well… we won a game of football!
Travelling to Bramall Lane, to take on bottom-of-the-league Sheffield United, Liverpool knew three points today were essential. With most of their top-four chasing rivals dropping points this season, this was a chance to seize momentum and close the gap on those ahead of them.
In the first half, the travelling Reds created some big opportunities, but found Aaron Ramsdale to be in superb form in net for the hosts. Big saves denied Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, while Roberto Firmino went through one-on-one and should not have given the stopper any chance to keep his effort out.
It was Jones, though, who broke the deadlock after the interval after great work from his right-back. VAR checked to see if Trent had run the ball out of play in the build-up, but decided the goal could stand.
Sheffield United did not create too many chances at the other end, but Ollie McBurnie should have hit the target with a free header.
And then the points were sealed when Firmino’s deflected shot found its way past Ramsdale- Bobby’s bad luck in front of goal not quite buried though, as the Premier League adjudged it to be a Kean Bryan own goal.
All the same, this was a great weekend for Liverpool Football Club, and all eyes turn to Thursday when Jürgen Klopp will look to dent the top-four aspirations of his compatriot Thomas Tuchel at Anfield.
Anyway, your ratings:
Adrián 6.5 – Fairly assured by the Spaniard’s standards. Consequential decision to start doing keepy-uppies midway through the second half was infuriating, though!
Trent 8 – Seemed to lack enough short passing options in the changed system early on, but if anyone in world football is comfortable pinging 70-yarders to find teammates, it’s Trent. Was at the heart of everything good for Liverpool tonight. Man of the Match.
Natty P 6.5 – Beaten for pace on a couple of occasions, but mostly very solid.
OK 5.5 – Decision making and concentration levels look worryingly sketchy.
Robbo 7.5 – A much more involved performance, offensively speaking. When the Scot is at his best, Liverpool score more goals.
Gini 7.5 – One of the most assured players on the pitch as Liverpool held onto their lead after the break.
ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Was not able to dominate today’s game like some, but the midfield structure was possibly better balanced with the Reds’ number six sitting deeper, alongside Wijnaldum.Embed from Getty Images
CJ 7.5 – Jones knows how and when to shoot. After just failing to trap a Trent cross before the break, the 20-year-old’s placed strike crucially opened the scoring for the champions.
Mo 7 – Threatened throughout, well denied by Ramsdale after a great first half run, and was inches from turning home a second-half Robertson cross.
Bobby 6.5 – Link-up play was useful, but the Brazilian cannot score right now. Two huge chances blown first half, and replays showed that he completely dragged the shot which was deflected home for Liverpool’s second. Hopefully the involvement serves to boost confidence, or else the return of Diogo Jota could be ominous for Bobby.Embed from Getty Images
Sadio 7 – Equally a livewire, and arguably should have been awarded a penalty having skinned Ethan Ampadu at 2-0. Why did VAR not take a look after the Senegalese had looked to stay on his feet?
Milly 7 – won possession usefully.
Naby 6.5 – Great to see him back.
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