Liverpool finally returned to winning ways after beating Sheffield United to reignite their top 4 hopes after long winless run in the league.
Liverpool returned to winning ways after defeating Sheffield United in their backyard. The reigning champions largely dominated the proceedings, only to find the Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in inspired form during a frustrating first half.
But the Reds finally broke the deadlock three minutes after the break, when Curtis Jones rifled home from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s half-cleared cross. They doubled that lead when Roberto Firmino’s deflected effort looped over a helpless Ramsdale to record their 7,000th Premier League goal.
Jurgen Klopp’s side remains sixth in the table but sit just two points behind West Ham in the race for the final Champions League qualification spot. But for Sheffield United, it was another miserable night in a season to forget, where they struggled to make any real dent on the visitors’ latest makeshift defence, succumbing to their 21st defeat in 26 games, and leaving them 15 points from safety.
A PRAISE WORTHY PERFORMANCE YET AGAIN FROM CURTIS JONES
The Liverpool academy graduate was a standout performer against Sheffield as his 48th-minute strike gave the visitors a one-goal lead. The youngster showed great maturity and composure in the center of the park for the Reds as he kept the ball moving in the midfield and in possession while also contributing brilliantly while defending.
His positional play and awareness were simply superb as he found pockets of space all game while linking up with the frontmen. Jones grabbed his second goal for Liverpool when he drilled in a brilliant side-footed strike after a cross from Alexander Arnold.
Sheffield players protested the goal, claiming the ball had gone out of play in the build-up but after consulting with VAR referee Jonathan Moss confirmed the goal. The English youngster has made 19 appearances for Liverpool, starting 11 of them this season and has proven time and time again why Jurgen Klopp has utmost faith in him.