Sheffield United have been one of the most refreshing sides to have been promoted to the Premier League in recent years. Chris Wilder has managed to generate a lot of goodwill due to the uncompromising nature of his team, along with his revolutionary overlapping centre-backs. The Blades had got off to a decent start to life in the top-flight, with two wins, draws and losses from their first six matches. Having managed to beat Everton and hold Chelsea to a draw away from home, this match against league-leaders Liverpool would be their toughest test yet. Liverpool came into this game on the back of a 15-match winning streak in the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp was well aware that this would be an extremely tough test for his players. As our analysis will show, Liverpool were lucky to come away with all three points, as the Blades proved to be more than a match for the European champions.

In this tactical analysis piece, we will look at Sheffield United’s and Liverpool’s tactics and their approach to this game.

Lineups

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The two sides

Chris Wilder named an unchanged side from the previous weekend in his now-standard formation of 3-5-2, with Callum Robinson and Oliver McBurnie preferred to Lys Mousset up front.

Jurgen Klopp, too, named an unchanged team from the win over Chelsea last weekend.

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