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FA Youth Cup tie with Sutton United rearranged

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 17:36

Liverpool's FA Youth Cup third-round tie with Sutton United has been rearranged for Tuesday March 16.

The clash will kick off at 7pm GMT and is set to be played at the Academy.

View an updated U18s fixture list here.

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FA Youth Cup tie with Sutton United rearranged

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 17:36
Liverpool's FA Youth Cup third-round tie with Sutton United has been rearranged for Tuesday March 16.
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Highlights: LFC U18s seal last-minute mini-derby victory

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 16:30

Watch extended highlights of Saturday's dramatic U18s Merseyside derby as Liverpool claimed a last-minute 2-1 win.

The young Reds went in front after 28 seconds of the league encounter at the Academy through Melkamu Frauendorf.

The Blues levelled from the penalty spot in stoppage time, but Mateusz Musialowski immediately swept in a memorable winner for the home team.

See the best of the action in the highlights package above.

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Highlights: LFC U18s seal last-minute mini-derby victory

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 16:30
Watch extended highlights of Saturday's dramatic U18s Merseyside derby as Liverpool claimed a last-minute 2-1 win.
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Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:00
Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory against Sheffield United on Sunday night.
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Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Five talking points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:00

Liverpool got back to winning ways in the Premier League with a 2-0 victory against Sheffield United on Sunday night.

After a first half in which Jürgen Klopp’s men were persistently kept at bay by the saves of Aaron Ramsdale, Curtis Jones thrashed in a 48th-minute finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross to break the deadlock.

And the three points were bagged at Bramall Lane when Roberto Firmino’s nimble footwork in the box and resulting shot deflected off Kean Bryan and found the net.

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Here are five talking points from the trip to Yorkshire…

Three points, two goals, clean sheet

It was a satisfying outing in all aspects as Liverpool ended an uncharacteristic run of four consecutive defeats in the top flight.

Jones punctuated a Man of the Match performance with a clinical dispatch that translated the visitors’ dominance into something tangible on the scoresheet early in the second half.

Alexander-Arnold’s drive and determination down the right created it, the full-back keeping the ball in on the touchline – confirmed by a VAR review – and his delivery falling to Jones.

Then Firmino earned his own fortune with exquisite close control to dribble through the Blades defence and fire in a shot that sailed past Ramsdale when it struck Bryan.

And the win was underpinned by a first clean sheet in the Premier League since January 17, one achieved by yet another different defensive combination.

Adrian came in between the posts, while Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips joined forces in the middle of the backline to largely nullify the hosts.

Both centre-halves contested a dozen aerial duels apiece, with Kabak leading his side’s tallies for tackles (three) and clearances (four) and Phillips for blocks (two).

The perfect weekend

The win at Bramall Lane completed a perfect set of results for Liverpool’s teams over the weekend.

#LFCU18s 2-1 Everton ✅ #LFCU23s 4-0 Arsenal ✅ @LiverpoolFCW 3-0 London Bees ✅ Sheffield United 0-2 #LFC ✅ Good wee… https://t.co/eRE0kUSdfB

— LFC (Liverpool FC) 28th Feb 21:39

It began at the Academy on Saturday as a stoppage-time goal gave the U18s a memorable 2-1 victory in the derby with Everton, which was followed by the U23s putting four unanswered strikes past Arsenal in Premier League 2 in Kirkby.

On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool FC Women continued the theme as efforts from Becky Jane, Ceri Holland and Amy Rodgers secured their first win of the calendar year against London Bees at Prenton Park.

The men did not disappoint either, wrapping up a brilliant quartet of successes for the Reds across all levels.

A victorious anniversary

Sunday’s game came exactly 20 years after Klopp’s first match as a manager.

On February 28, 2001 the newly-installed boss of FSV Mainz 05 guided his team to a 1-0 home win over MSV Duisburg in Germany’s second tier.

The rest is history as that result proved just the beginning of a revolutionary period for the club and a hugely successful career in the dugout for Klopp.

Seven years with Mainz were followed by seven at Borussia Dortmund – a spell that included two Bundesliga titles – before he moved to Anfield in October 2015.

Fittingly, the Reds gave the gaffer cause for celebration on his personal anniversary.

“I knew it, not because I knew it – I knew it because I got like 500,000 messages today from Mainz! And former players and all these kind of things,” he said post-match.

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“I mentioned it today in the team meeting, let me say it like this. I think it was pretty much the same time even, I think we played at quarter past eight German time, quarter past seven English time.

“It could have been all the same. We won that game only 1-0, tonight 2-0 – so it’s better.”

7,000 top-flight goals

Liverpool’s second of the evening goes into the record books as an own goal after an adjudication by the Premier League’s Goal Accreditation Panel.

A shame for Firmino, of course, but his deflected hit will nevertheless take a place in history as the club’s 7,000th goal in top-flight league football.

The Reds are only the second team to reach that figure in England, with neighbours Everton on 7,108 at the time of writing.

Tight in the table

The win over the Blades, coupled with results elsewhere in the Premier League over the weekend, meant Liverpool reduced their deficit to each of the next four teams above them in the table.

Klopp’s side are now two points behind West Ham United, who currently occupy the last of the four Champions League qualification spots.

Between them are Chelsea, who visit Anfield on Thursday night for a clash bound to have significance in the jostle for positions as the season’s final third begins.

“Very big, very big,” the manager said of the victory. “We needed the points obviously to get kind of in contact with the teams above us, so it was very important.”

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Clean sheet, comebacks and dedications to Alisson on a ‘perfect Sunday’

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 12:08

Relief and renewed optimism were the prevailing emotions as Liverpool returned to winning ways against Sheffield United, with the manner of performance as much as the result seeming to offer hope.

There was rarely any doubt that three points would be earned against the Blades in a dominant performance, with only the home goalkeeper standing between Jurgen Klopp‘s side and a huge scoreline in truth.

Ultimately, 2-0 proved a bit of a mood-lifter at both ends of the pitch: not close enough to be termed ‘edging’ the win, but with enough defensive work being done to show fight and determination remains intact.

Captain on the day Gini Wijnaldum told the club website that while initial missed chances can be frustrating, keeping the positive approach is the only way forward – and the clean sheet was just as important.

“In the situation we are in right now you just hope that every chance you create is a goal but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that in football, so we knew that if we create chances you can miss,” he said.

Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates scoring their side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. (Oli Scarff/PA Wire/PA Images)

“You are disappointed when the first and the second chances don’t go in, but on the other side you have to stay focused and deal with the situation in the game because anything can happen. You can’t stay in the moment where you are disappointed because you didn’t score the chances you had.

“[The clean sheet] is also a good feeling for those guys [in the much-changed defence] and for the team.

“It gives us confidence because the last few games we’ve conceded a lot of goals so that will help us as we look towards Chelsea next. Hopefully we can get a winning streak.”

The Reds remain with the ambition of finishing in the Champions League spots again this season, despite all the setbacks and issues we’ve had to deal with.

Three points earned at Bramall Lane and poor results for the likes of Leicester and West Ham means the Reds are just two points off fourth now.

But consistency is everything, and our Dutch midfielder made it clear that the win over Sheffield United has to be just the start of a run to move up the table.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“That’s what we have to do if we want to finish in the top four. We have to put a run together and just hope the teams above us slip.

“We can only control our own performances so we have to look at it game by game, give everything and try to win the games.”

Winjaldum’s insistence that not conceding against Chris Wilder’s side was of immense importance was echoed by several members of the squad, as they took to social media after the match.

Glad with this solid win and clean sheet ??? pic.twitter.com/DrcChYDucE

— Gini Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) February 28, 2021

A clean sheet and a win on the road. Perfect Sunday. ?? pic.twitter.com/Y3EbXysM2r

— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@TrentAA) February 28, 2021

Curtis Jones made reference to Alisson Becker in his post-match interview and those sentiments were followed up by stand-in stopper Adrian.

Well earned 3?? points tonight… happy to be back between the sticks again getting a lovely clean sheet, this one is for you, hermano @Alissonbecker
??? #YNWA #AlwaysTogether pic.twitter.com/d4qUrHx5M7

— Adrián San Miguel (@AdriSanMiguel) February 28, 2021

Well done boys! 3pts and a goal ?….That was for you brother! @Alissonbecker ?? pic.twitter.com/bXdnU7oa8R

— Curtis Jones (@curtisjr_10) February 28, 2021

Two Reds also made a welcome return from injury, with James Milner and Naby Keita getting their first run-outs with late sub appearances.

And several other players took to social media to praise the overall performance level of the team and to look forward to future challenges.

A tough battle and a very well earned 3 points! pic.twitter.com/lX8bvGMroV

— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) February 28, 2021

Happy with my first PL win, now we have to keep going?? @LFC#SHULIV pic.twitter.com/MU09pwrhGP

— Ozan KABAK (@ozankabak4) February 28, 2021

a good one, lads??#YNWA @LFC pic.twitter.com/ZlHnkcfvQY

— Thiago Alcantara (@Thiago6) February 28, 2021

Next up comes a crucial match in the battle for the top four, as the Reds face Chelsea on Thursday night.

As Gini said, it’s important to string together a run of good performances and results, with the Blues currently just ahead of the Reds in the table and unbeaten so far under new boss Thomas Tuchel.

Let’s hope the is only the beginning of the Reds’ own return to winning ways

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Hughes and Ojrzynski – the 2 teenage keepers on Liverpool’s bench on Sunday

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:02

Liverpool’s teamsheet seems to get more niche by the weekend at the moment, with the goalkeeping selections against Sheffield United going alarmingly far down the list of available names.

With Alisson ruled out of featuring, there was always going to be a new face between the sticks against the Blades.

On the basis of this season, that would be Caoimhin Kelleher, but the Irishman missed a chance to add to his nine senior appearances due to an injury.

As such, third-choice Adrian made a start and kept a clean sheet, including a couple of decent saves from the Spaniard – he has now played 24 times for the Reds.

But subs were needed. Fourth in line? That would presumably have been one of two in normal cases: new Brazilian addition Marcelo Pitaluga or Czech stopper Vitezslav Jaros, but the former picked up an injury against Chelsea in an Under-23s game recently and the latter is on loan at St. Pat’s.

As such, Jurgen Klopp had to likely get the detailed lowdown on the other young options from his U23s and goalkeeping coaches, with Liam Hughes and Jakub Ojrzynski taking their spots on an expanded subs bench for some unexpected senior matchday experience – particularly in the case of the former.

Liam Hughes

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Liam Hughes during the pre-match warm-up before the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There cannot be much doubt that, when the Reds signed 19-year-old Hughes earlier this season, being on the bench for a Premier League game would not have been discussed.

The Northern Irish youth international was signed to fill a specific role – one which wouldn’t necessarily have seen him even on the bench at U23 level.

Youth ‘keeper coach Mark Morris recently explained how the Reds have a couple of goalkeepers on the books who are effectively employed as training goalkeepers: individuals of great mentality and solid ability, but who are not realistically seen as future first-team options.

They are there to keep sessions running smoothly and with enough numbers, while in return they get a far higher level of coaching and training than they might otherwise achieve elsewhere – and the role has proven to be a pathway to senior action elsewhere, lower down the leagues.

“Liam was basically back in Northern Ireland waiting to go on trial at places and see what he could get,” Morris explained.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Liam Hughes during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Arsenal FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“The personality we wanted to come in and train is a tricky one; they have to know the reason they’re coming in and not be knocking on our door after two or three months saying, ‘I’m not playing.’

“You’re going to improve because of the calibre of the players you’re training with. And the proof of the pudding is the lads that have come into that sort of position previously. There’s four or five kids that have come into that slot, progressed and have gone on and now got professional careers.”

Hughes came in from Celtic and, due to injuries, did actually play for the U23s recently against Arsenal.

A week on and he has been in a senior Liverpool squad for a game which really mattered – an incredible and improbable rise in fortunes.

The opportunity which has fallen his way has arisen from exceptional circumstances and will hopefully be of enormous use to him as he continues his fledgling career.

Jakub Ojrzynski

 Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski comes on to replace the injured goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Chelsea FC Under-23's and Liverpool FC Under-23's at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The game which saw Pitaluga injured earlier in February also saw Ojrzynski come on as sub. That was his second U23 game, following a start against Brighton back in October.

Having only just turned 18 years of age two weeks ago, he’s usually the U18 stopper this season, where he has played nine times in total.

One of two Polish goalkeepers at the club – Fabrian Mrozek the other – Ojrzynski is a youth international at U16 and U17 level, with further experience earned in the UEFA Youth League, which was sadly cancelled for this season.

Although he’s younger than Hughes, he’s rather more likely to be one of the youngsters who the club have high hopes for in the future.

Ojrzynski could et have another couple of years with the Reds’ youth system before heading out on loan, depending on how he progresses and the game time he earns at U23 level, with Marcelo Pitaluga an intriguing potential barrier there, if the Brazilian in turn doesn’t go on loan.

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

A former Legia Warsaw prospect, the interesting question – which thankfully didn’t have to be answered – is whether the ‘better’ youngster or the older one, the more mature and mentally strong option, would have been called off the bench for a debut.

Participation in the matchday squad alone and being around the senior with their preparation, the team talk and warm-up is a huge step-up for the pair regardless, but they should take plenty from it which could potentially improve them in both the short and long-term.

As for the Reds, we’ll hope to have both Alisson and Kelleher back sooner rather than later, meaning all-change in the goalkeeper department once more.

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The good, the bad & the midfield vs. Chelsea – Debating Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 11:00

Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Sheffield United was met with relief by Reds supporters, who are now weighing up the midfield options against Chelsea later this week.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side knew only a win would do against the rock-bottom Blades and they duly delivered at Bramall Lane on Sunday night.

After a frustrating opening 45 minutes, Curtis Jones put Liverpool ahead with a composed finish after Trent Alexander-Arnold just managed to keep the ball in play.

The three points were sealed when Roberto Firmino‘s mishit shot deflecting in off the Sheffield United defender Kean Bryan.

The win ended the run of four consecutive league defeats and puts Liverpool right back in the top four race, especially with Man United, Leicester, Chelsea and West Ham all dropping points over the weekend.

Here, This Is Anfield’s Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) is joined by John O’Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) and Matt Ladson (@mattladson) to discuss a welcome win for the Reds and how the midfield could look against Chelsea.

The good…

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: The win, the performance and a clean sheet – a richly deserved three points and the scoreline flattered the hosts.

I thought the midfield was the basis of the victory. Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago were effective, but Curtis Jones was the star of the show. The 20-year-old shone in an almost free role.

Jurgen Klopp spoke about his need to express himself more in attack and Jones really had the bit between his teeth. He popped up left, right and centrally and took his goal with aplomb.

It has been a frustrating season, but the young Scouser’s emergence has been a huge plus.

It was also great to see Naby Keita and James Milner back tonight. They’re two players that can offer a lot to the squad between now and the end of the season.

HENRY: A win! I’d forgotten what it feels like.

This was a bit of a lose-lose situation in some ways, with even a victory never being seen as an earth-shattering result against the bottom-of-the-table team, but Liverpool got the job done in a professional fashion.

As John says, Jones was superb, and Man of the Match by some distance. I think some are taking for granted how much he has come on this season.

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There was a point when playing him still felt like a risk, but he is now a genuinely reliable option who possesses more guile than some of those around him.

A word of praise for Adrian, who filled in impressively without Alisson available, while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Gini Wijnaldum also stood out for me.

The return of Milner and Keita was big, too – they are very different players, but they can play starring roles between now and May, if they stay fit.

MATT: It was all as good as we can expect really wasn’t it. The scoreline, cleansheet, some confidence for certain players, and a couple of injured ones returning – all ahead of what is a huge game on Thursday.

Jones’ development this season has been highly impressive, the major positive in a season of absolute nightmares.

The bad…

 Liverpool's Ozan Kabak during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: It’s nitpicking because he’s new, young in centre-back terms and partnered by Nat Phillips — who is also inexperienced – but Ozan Kabak needs to tone down his on-field aggression.

Being proactive can be a good trait in a defender, but he is too keen to try and win everything in a Dejan Lovren-esque manner, which can see him exposed positionally.

There’s the makings of a good player there, but for the short or medium-term, he is likely to be inconsistent.

HENRY: I totally agree that Kabak was probably Liverpool’s worst player on the night, even though he did some good things.

There is definitely a feel of Lovren about him, which is concerning, with some of those old reckless memories of ‘Degsy’ flooding back a few times at Bramall Lane.

 Liverpool's Nathaniel Phillips (R) and Ozan Kabak (L) during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kabak and Phillips looked like a new centre-back pairing who aren’t good enough at this very top level, probably because that’s exactly what they are!

I thought some of the finishing was sloppy, too – I’m looking at you, Bobby! – but it wasn’t punished because of the quality of opponent. It could have been against someone else.

MATT: Perhaps a little harsh on Kabak, but he’s certainly very raw. Hopefully (we’ve used that a lot this season), the return of Fabinho and playing alongside a senior player will see him settle and those two form a little partnership in defence.

And like Henry says, delighted for Firmino, but the shot was definitely not remotely on target and if you look it shows how bad his technique is right now. His chance early on too, any striker should expect to score that.

And the midfield vs. Chelsea…

 Liverpool's Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between Sheffield United FC and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

JOHN: Unless there are more injuries – given the way it’s going this season, you’d almost expect it – the same midfield would make sense on Thursday.

Fabinho likely returns and plays at centre-back, in order to deal with the pace of Timo Werner, and he would be the only midfield alteration I’d consider.

HENRY: I don’t think any of the trio against the Blades have done enough to justify being left out, so like John, I’m sticking with the same midfield again.

I could easily see Milner getting the nod, however, with Klopp often keen to get him on the pitch in these kind of games, especially with Jordan Henderson out injured.

 Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara (L) and Curtis Jones before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 238th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Keita can be a good option off the bench but isn’t ready to be thrown into such a big match from the start, while I expect Fabinho to be at centre-back.

I’d go with: Alisson; Trent, Kabak (sorry, Nat), Fabinho, Robbo; Gini, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

MATT: As the lads say, it will be Fabinho back in defence – there’s certainly an argument for Phillips to keep his place next to him but I expect it will be with Kabak.

I’m not really sure how you justify dropping any of Thiago, Gini or Jones so surely they will continue. I think Klopp has done well to manage Jones’ game-time though with lots of subs early so I’d expect Keita to replace him around the hour.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Milner start though, for the experience and leadership factor, but whoever he replaces would be harsh.

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Loan watch: Mixed fortunes as eight Reds feature

LiverpoolFC.TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 09:15

Eight of Liverpool's on-loan players were involved in competitive action over the course of the weekend.

In the Championship, Sepp van den Berg enjoyed a victory with Preston North End as they beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 at home. The defender completed the 90 minutes.

Harvey Elliott played the full match as Blackburn Rovers drew 1-1 with Coventry City, while Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo clocked up 67 and 29 minutes respectively in Cardiff City’s 1-1 at Middlesbrough.

At League One level, Adam Lewis started and featured for 81 minutes as Plymouth Argyle eventually won a thriller with Lincoln City 4-3. Liam Millar, meanwhile, was involved for the first half of Charlton Athletic’s 3-0 home defeat by Blackpool.

Marko Grujic was an unused substitute for FC Porto as they played out a goalless stalemate with Sporting CP in the Portuguese top flight.

On Sunday, Loris Karius was involved for the entirety of Union Berlin’s 1-1 home draw against Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

In the Danish Superliga, Kamil Grabara’s AGF Aarhus were held to a 3-3 draw by Kobenhavn, who equalised with a penalty 11 minutes into stoppage time.

Takumi Minamino will not be involved in Southampton’s Premier League clash with Everton tonight due to a minor hamstring complaint.

“[He] can maybe come back next week as it’s not a big injury,” said Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl on Friday.

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Loan watch: Mixed fortunes as eight Reds feature

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Eight of Liverpool's on-loan players were involved in competitive action over the course of the weekend.
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Gini Wijnaldum: We can move forward with confidence

LiverpoolFC TV - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 08:30
Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool can approach Thursday's game against Chelsea with renewed confidence following their 2-0 victory over Sheffield United.
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Liverpool Defeat Blades In Comfortable Win Sheffield United vs Liverpool Preview - Can Liverpool rediscover winning formula? Liv...

Anfield Index.com - Mon, 03/01/2021 - 00:27

Liverpool moved within two points of fourth with a 2-0 victory away to Sheffield United.

Goals from man of the match Curtis Jones and a deflected Roberto Firmino drive gave the Reds a richly deserved win at Bramall Lane.

Were it not from the heroics of Aaron Ramsdale in the hosts’ goals, the defending champions — who had eight shots on target — would have won by a much healthier margin, which would have reflected their dominance.

With Alisson given compassionate leave after the death of his father and with second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher ruled by injury, Jurgen Klopp elected for Adrian in goal, and the Spaniard wasn’t overly tested by the Blades.

Unsurprisingly, the Reds dominated the opening exchanges — all except for a David McGoldrick header from a free-kick that was straight at Adrian — and they should have made the dominance count on the scoreboard when Sadio Mane’s flick sent Firmino through on goal.

The Brazilian attempted to clip the ball over the keeper, but Ramsdale saved and the visitors spurned a brilliant opening. The home team’s keeper continued to be busy as the half wore. He used his feet to save a right-footed Mohamed Salah shot and he also denied Georginio Wijnaldum — parrying away the Dutchman’s shot and giving Firmino a rebounded chance that he should have scored from — and Trent Alexander Arnold with two strong stops.

Jones also worked Ramsdale when Alexander Arnold’s arching first-time pass found his fellow academy graduate in the left-hand channel, but the Blades’ keeper was quick off his line and smothered the 20-year-olds shot.

Bar a few long balls into the channels for McGoldrick and Ollie McBurnie that tested Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips, the bottom-placed United didn’t threaten and the teams went into the interval level.

The second half began in much the same fashion; the Reds dominant and the home team sitting in and hoping to launch counters with long balls.

With Thiago and Alexander Arnold prominent in the build-up, Liverpool continued to turn the screw and they were rewarded for their persistence only three minutes into the half.

A patient passing move saw the ball worked to the right-hand side and Alexander Arnold — who just about kept the ball in play, as confirmed by VAR — hooked the ball into the box and into the direction of Jones. The young midfielder’s first touch was delicate and he steadied himself before hitting a shot low and hard and past Ramsdale for a deserved lead for the away team.

Liverpool continued to pour forward and they found the killer goal with twenty-five minutes remaining. Deft combination play between Mane and Firmino close to the visitors’ box saw the Brazilian weave his way away from pressure and find the space to work a shot. The drive deflected off Kean Bryan and wrongfooted Ramsdale on its way into the net.

Salah was evidently hungry to join in on the goalscoring act and the Egyptian should have scored when Jones teed up Robertson to cross and the Scot drove a venomous ball across the face of goal that Salah met but could only steer wide when he would have expected to score.

As it was, it didn’t matter in the end and the Reds held out for a deserved win.

Liverpool team: Adrian; Alexander Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Jones; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

Replacements: Naby Keita for Jones, James Milner for Thiago.

Subs not used: Origi, Shaqiri, Oxlade Chamberlain, Williams, Williams, Ojrzynski, Hughes.

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Sheffield United 0-2 LFC: Watch goals, highlights and more

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Sheffield United 0-2 LFC: Watch goals, highlights and more

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Klopp: It's up to us to show we're in top-four chase

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sun, 02/28/2021 - 23:05

Jurgen Klopp says it is up to Liverpool to show they are in the chase for a top-four Premier League finish after a 2-0 win at Sheffield United.

Liverpool ended a run of four successive league defeats with victory against the Premier League's basement club, with Curtis Jones and a Kean Bryan own goal handing them an important three points.

With four of the five teams above Liverpool failing to win this weekend, it boosts the Reds' chances of finishing in the Champions League places, now two points behind West Ham in fourth place.

It also sets up an incredibly important tie against Chelsea on Thursday evening, live on Sky Sports, with Thomas Tuchel's side just a point ahead of Liverpool in fifth after their 0-0 draw against Manchester United earlier on Sunday.

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Klopp wants his side to prove once again that they remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.

He told Sky Sports: "It was very important [the result] because plenty of people have written us off and that's completely fine. It's about us to show we are still there and tonight, we showed that. On Thursday, we play Chelsea and we have to show it again.

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"But with all the problems we've had, we're still around the exciting places and that's where we want to be, where we want to fight for and that's what we will do.

"I have never thought about controlling the situation or whatever, you just have to win football games, we know that and the rest is controlled by itself and it's always like this. There's no way without results into the Champions League and that's what we need. We got it tonight and now we keep on going."

Hasselbaink: Chelsea will fancy their chances preview image 3:02 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win at Sheffield United in the Premier League

Chelsea are yet to lose under new manager Tuchel and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes his former club will have more belief than usual heading to Anfield this week.

When asked if Chelsea will fancy their chances of a victory, he told Sky Sports: "Of course. If you look at the game today, Sheffield United had some chances. Liverpool going forward are a dangerous side, we all know that, but at the moment, you get opportunities against Liverpool that before, you would never have got.

"If you're at Chelsea, you'll be looking at that and definitely going to Anfield with a little bit more positivity and trying to win that game and it's definitely possible.

preview image 2:51 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Chelsea's draw with Manchester United in the Premier League

"For Liverpool, it's important that they get themselves into the top four, otherwise what's going to happen with the Mane's, the Salah's, the Van Dijk's if they're not in the Champions League?

"That story is a little bit different for Chelsea. They've got younger players who can have a year without the Champions League. So for Liverpool, they're under pressure."

Praise for man of the match Jones 1:51 Liverpool's Curtis Jones dedicated his goal against Sheffield United to Alisson and his family after his father passed away last week

Jones was named as the Sky Sports man of the match for his performance at Bramall Lane, and dedicated his goal to goalkeeper Alisson and his family after the passing of his father last week.

He told Sky Sports: "It's been a difficult time for myself and the rest of the team and I'm happy that I got on the scoresheet. I'd like to take this time to say that this goal is for Ali's [Alisson] Dad, so may he rest in peace. If Ali sees this, this is for you bro.

⭐️ Man of the Match, @LFC’s Curtis Jones
41 touches, 5 in opposition box
Completed 26/27 passes
1 chance created
4 shots, 3 on target
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— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) February 28, 2021

"He's a strong lad and a big part of the team of course. He's not here today but we miss him for sure and I'd like to dedicate my goal to him and his Dad and the rest of his family."

Manager Klopp said of the 20-year-old: "He is a top player, no doubt about that. That's why he's playing and tonight, he was very important. Even he has to be more involved in goalscoring situations as well and like everywhere, there is space for improvement so tonight, he was involved so that was good."

Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness added: "When you watch him play and if you've played the game, you realise this boy is full of technique. He can run with the ball, he can dribble with the ball, he takes the ball in tight areas and he puts a shift in.

Liverpool's Curtis Jones, in green, celebrates scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane stadium in Sheffield, England, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (Shaun Botterill, Pool via AP)


Image: Curtis Jones celebrates his opening goal for Liverpool at Bramall Lane

"At 20 years old, he's got the chance of being a real player for this club. He's extremely gifted, the fact he's a Scouser is a real bonus for the club because of the passion he has for the club and as he gets older, he'll be an influence in the dressing room. He could have a big part to play in Liverpool's future.

"He looks to be comfortable at this level. He's got the ability, he's got the athleticism, he looks to have the attitude and he's one of several young English midfield players that have a real chance of being proper players in the Premier League, as long as they don't get a big head on his shoulders."

Wilder laments more poor defending preview image 4:56 Speaking after the loss to Liverpool, Sheffield United's Chris Wilder says their recruitment model is based on signing the best Championship players which means there's a gulf in class when they play the bigger sides in the league

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder pointed to some more poor defending from his side as Liverpool won 2-0, but still saw the same high levels of commitment.

He told Sky Sports: You've got to be at your best to beat Liverpool and take no notice of their last two or three games. They're still one of the top sides in England and Europe so you have to be at your best and have your best players available and be on the top of your form and unfortunately, at the moment, we're not.

"Aaron [Ramsdale] has kept us in the game in the first half, but I would expect any team like us in the bottom half [of the table] to get a result against Liverpool, your goalkeeper has got to play well, which he did in the first half.

2:09 Roy Keane says that Sheffield United's Chris Wilder has not become a bad coach overnight but the recruitment has not been good enough and he has to expect 'some sort of stick'

"There were little half chances but it's another goal that goes with a catalogue of incredibly poor goals. Our defending this year, continuity plays a key but certainly individual mistakes, there's a mis-timed tackle that led to the first goal and we've got enough bodies around the ball for the second goal to cut that out. Obviously it's a deflection and you're 2-0 down against some really top players and it turns into a last 20/25 minutes.

"The players mirror the spirit of the supporters, they mirror the club, I believe they mirror how I want my team to play. I don't think anybody can question their attitude or commitment, they give it everything and sometimes, you're just not good enough and you haven't got that quality to really compete. For long periods of this season, we haven't shown those qualities."

What's next? Saturday 6th March 2:45pm Kick off 3:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Sky Sports Premier League HD

Sheffield United's match against Liverpool is the first of three successive home Premier League. They are back in action on Wednesday against Aston Villa; kick-off 6pm. The Blades will then welcome Southampton on Saturday, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 3pm.

Liverpool also play twice on Sky Sports over the next week. Firstly, they welcome Chelsea to Anfield on Thursday; kick-off 8.15pm. They will then play Fulham next Sunday; kick-off 2pm.

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