Liverpool return to Premier League action tomorrow with a trip to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United, with the Reds hoping to return to winning ways after losing four games on the bounce in the league.
It has been a tough season for the Reds so far with them struggling to build a good run of form in the Premier League and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, with their attempt at retaining the Premier League title all but ended with the club now facing a battle for a spot in the top-four.
With our opponents also struggling this season and finding themselves sat bottom of the table, the Reds will be facing a side that will be fighting tooth and nail to try and keep themselves in the league and climb out of the relegation spots – meaning the club can’t take anything for granted. So, what can we expect from the game?
The Reds will be without captain Jordan Henderson tomorrow after the 30-year-old suffered a groin injury against Everton last week which required surgery. Despite the procedure going successfully, Henderson will be sidelined up until at least the beginning of April meaning Jurgen Klopp will need to do even more shifting around.
Liverpool’s record against Sheffield is definitely a key for positive thinking towards the fixture, with the Reds not losing to the Blades since 2003 – with them unbeaten against Chris Wilder’s side whilst they have been in the Premier League. Last season produced two wins with a clean sheet in both games – and this season we fought out a 2-1 win at Anfield in October.
If there was ever a game for Liverpool to return to winning ways then it would no doubt be this one – the Blades have only one win in their last five games, with four losses surrounding that, so Klopp’s side needs to grasp this game with both hands.
As mentioned, the Blades have had a tough run this season compared to last where they managed an incredible 9th place during their first season after being promoted from the Championship – a worthwhile achievement from Wilder and his side who had one of the best defences in the league conceding just 39 goals which was the fourth least amount of goals conceded by a club in the league.
Despite Liverpool’s poor form this season, I still can’t imagine that WIlder will be too optimistic about the game given the quality and talent that Jurgen Klopp’s side still possesses even when they aren’t in form. Wilder has struggled at the back with his team conceding 41 goals already this season and they will be aiming to keep the Reds at bay who have struggled for goals this season themselves.
Can Liverpool beat Sheffield United?
With both sides struggling at both ends of the pitch at the moment and them also not getting the results they are hoping for could lead to an interesting game for the neutral.
Liverpool will be hoping to use this game against the bottom of the table side in Sheffield to try and regain the form and quality that we know they can produce. Klopp’s men have plenty of absences leaving his selection of players rather limited compared to previous seasons, but this shouldn’t deter them away from getting the job done.
Wilder and his side will be seeing this as their best opportunity in years to get a result against the Reds so that shouldn’t be dismissed by Liverpool. In light of this, I’m going for a dominant 5-0 win in Liverpool’s favour.
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