They had been made to work for it – however Liverpool’s staggering unbeaten run at Anfield rolls on following their comeback victory towards Sheffield United on Saturday.
Targets from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in a 2-1 win over the Blades ensured the Reds averted a primary three-match winless sequence within the Premier League since Might 2018.
After a 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa and a 2-2 draw towards Everton within the Merseyside derby, there could have been concern on the sidelines because the Blades took a Thirteenth-minute lead at Anfield.
However there’s a cause Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have now amassed a 62-game unbeaten dwelling league run.
The Reds, with out injured defensive stalwart Virgil van Dijk, have now received 28 of their final 29 league video games at Anfield – whereas they’re additionally unbeaten of their final 13 at dwelling after they have conceded the primary objective.
“I like these video games. It’s a must to work onerous. You earn the simpler video games when it goes your manner on nights like this,” mentioned Liverpool supervisor Klopp.
“You at all times should work onerous towards Sheffield United. It is onerous to take for Chris Wilder. They by no means hand over, I respect that a lot. They go and go and go. Chris is doing a beautiful job.”
Reds coping with out Van Dijk
With Van Dijk probably out for the season after struggling cruciate ligament harm in a problem by Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, it falls to centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, together with defensive midfielder Fabinho, to carry the fort.
Brazil midfielder Fabinho once more deputised in central defence alongside Gomez, as he did of their 1-0 Champions League win over Ajax on Wednesday, however regardless of that wonderful show he was at fault for the opener as he fouled Oliver McBurnie marginally contained in the penalty space.
“Fabinho has performed there earlier than and may do a great job however he’s not going to interchange Van Dijk as a result of no-one can do this. However he’ll do properly,” former Premier League defender Micah Richards informed BBC Match of the Day.
Liverpool have already conceded 14 objectives of their first six Premier League video games this season – a mark it took them 15 video games to succeed in in 2019-20.
Captain Jordan Henderson mentioned: “It was onerous as anticipated, they’re a great aspect who work actually onerous.
“McBurnie was superb within the air so it was onerous for the lads on the again however they coped and labored it out higher within the second half. We should always have killed the sport off with one other objective or two.
“I’m solely within the mentality in our altering room and I see starvation, resilience, character to dig in and win if you’re not enjoying at your finest. We confirmed we are able to dig in and see outcomes out.”
Had been Liverpool lucky?
The win moved Liverpool degree on factors with Merseyside neighbours Everton – who’ve a sport in hand – on the prime of the desk, however they needed to journey their luck at occasions towards a spirited Blades aspect.
United had been filled with power within the early levels and had two extra penalty appeals turned down within the first half, one for a handball by Andrew Robertson and one other for a problem on McBurnie.
“We may have been given one other, but it surely wasn’t to be,” boss Chris Wilder mentioned.
“You aren’t anticipated to dominate at Anfield, however we did greater than sufficient to get one thing from it. We took the sport to our opponents.”
Whereas filled with reward for Wilder’s group, Klopp disagreed with the choice to award the guests a spot-kick for Fabinho’s problem on McBurnie.
“It was not even a foul,” he mentioned. “Throughout a season there are such a lot of totally different durations. We now have had an injustice and we’ve got needed to go once more.
“It’s now the sixth sport within the season and in three of them we’re on the unsuitable finish of this type of determination. It’s not that we need to have a bonus, we simply do not need to have any disadvantages. The penalty we conceded gave Sheffield a correct enhance.”