Liverpool will need to quickly shift their attention back to the Premier League at the weekend as they will take on Sheffield United in Saturday’s late game.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will be coming off the back of a short European trip to The Netherlands where they managed to start their UEFA Champions League campaign in positive fashion; recording a 1-0 victory over Ajax in rather farcical circumstances.
Nevertheless, focus will return to trying to defend their Premier League title and bouncing back from a controversial Merseyside derby that saw them lose one of their best players potentially for the rest of the season, whilst also seeing a goal disallowed by VAR in circumstances no one can quite believe.
The match against Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United could be the perfect tonic for Klopp’s team to get back to normality, although it will be far from easy. The Bramall Lane outfit will be looking to find their first win of the 2020/21 campaign, having managed to secure their first point of the season against Fulham last weekend.
The fixture could potentially see Rhian Brewster make an immediate return to Anfield, having made the switch to the Yorkshire-based outfit earlier in the month.
Liverpool vs Sheffield United Head-to-Head
Liverpool should fancy themselves against Sheffield United on Saturday, despite all the injury problems that they are having to contend with at the moment. The two sides have met 138 times throughout history, with the Reds edging those meetings 62 times. Bettors who fancy placing a wager on Liverpool to win can place a bet via one of the great bookmakers found at online-betting.org/at/.
Following the Blades’ return to the Premier League, the Anfield outfit have managed to win both meetings. They recorded a 1-0 victory back in September 2019 at Bramall Lane before securing a 2-0 victory in January 2020 as they went on their way to claim the title.
Indeed, both sides are also in contrasting form at the moment, which may play a role in how the match is played out.
Liverpool form guide: W-L-L-D-W
Sheffield United form guide: L-L-L-L-D
Liverpool Team News
As mentioned, Liverpool have had a number of injury concerns recently. Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Thiago Alcantara – who is doubtful – have all been added to the injury list that already features the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Brazilian goalkeeper is thought to be closing in on a return, but the centre-back will be out for a significant period of time which could be potentially harmful to the Reds’ season. Joel Matip could be a great stand-in, though.
Sadio Mane was the latest player to provide Klopp with concerns, as he was taken off against Ajax and seen with an ice pack. The manager has already played down any real issue, though, suggesting that the forward has been suffering with a dead leg.
Liverpool Predicted Lineups
Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Adrian, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane