Sheffield United welcomed Premier League leaders Liverpool this Saturday at the Bramall Lane on Matchday 7 in the Premier League. It wasn’t a good performance from the Reds, and some may think that Jurgen Klopp’s men should get back to Anfield with an L. However, counting on an unfortunate howler from Sheffield’s keeper, Henderson, on Gini Wijnaldum’s attempt from outside the box, the Reds opened the scoring in the second half and held the hosts to get the important three points.
Liverpool has one of the best attacks in Europe. As a result, Sheffield United coach Chris Wilder went for a very conservative lineup, in a 3-5-2 scheme. The tactic worked and the home team managed to narrow the spaces and thus limit the offensive plays of the Reds. Sheffield’s defensive system was solid, but the attack did little in the first half.
The defensive tactic worked, but it wasn’t perfect. At times, there were failures and Liverpool were in a good position to open the scoring. Sadio Mane has lost two face to face opportunities. First, he received a long ball from Virgil Van Dijk but his attempt went wide. Then the Sheffield defender messed up, Mohamed Salah fed Roberto Firmino, who assisted the Senegalese striker, but Mane hit the post.
Sheffield came back better for the second half. The team started to attack more, creating good chances in the attack, without losing the defensive stability. Liverpool accepted to be involved and responded little. However, the Reds ended up opening the scoring on 70 mins. Wijnaldum tried from outside the box, as it seemed to be easy save for Henderson. However, the Sheffield keeper failed to keep the ball, as it went through his legs, and into the nets. What an unfortunate move. 0-1 Liverpool.
After Henderson’s howler, the match was dramatic for Sheffield. The team was slow to react and almost saw Liverpool extend with Salah, but Henderson somehow redeemed himself and denied the Egyptian. Afterward, the hosts grew into the game and almost got the draw, but wasted it.
Following the 1-0 away win, Liverpool has 21 points in 7 games. Meaning the Reds are 100% in the Premier League, with 7 wins in 7 games. Now, Liverpool will chance attentions to the UEFA Champions League home game against RB Salzburg this Wednesday at Anfield.