Liverpool vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 8pm (BST)
Premier League (6)
Referee: Mike Dean
Liverpool’s European campaign has got off to a perfect start, but now it’s time for them to get back on track in the league.
It has been almost unheard of for this Reds side to go two league outings in a row without victory, so a return to winning ways is paramount this weekend.
Klopp’s men welcome a struggling Blades to Anfield, which on paper looks the kindest possible fixture right now, with the exception of Fulham.
The Blades have been flat ever since football returned after lockdown, and if they don’t regroup fast, they could find themselves in a relegation fight.
The signing of Brewster is an exciting one, however, and Reds supporters will be watching from a distance, hoping the youngster impresses at Bramall Lane.
Only a win will do for the Reds on Saturday, as they look to show the chasing pack that they remain the team to beat in the title race.
Van Dijk’s cruciate ligament injury makes him a long-term absentee for Liverpool, but he is far from Klopp’s only fitness concern.
Alisson is still missing with a shoulder problem but the Brazilian is edging towards a return, which will act as a huge boost when it happens.
Thiago is another injury casualty, with the Spaniard still feeling the after-effects of that shocking tackle by Richarlison in the Merseyside derby, with Klopp acknowledging that the club are taking their respective injuries “day by day.”
It could be a special night for Brewster, who has a good chance of starting against his former club and showing them what they are missing.
United are without Jack O’Connell (knee) for a long spell, while Lys Mousset (toe) and John Fleck (back) are also a number of weeks away from returning.
Last 5 at Home to Sheffield United (All Competitions)
Won 2-0 – January 2020 (Salah, Mane)
Won 4-0 – February 2007 (Fowler pens x2, Hyypia, Gerrard)
Won 2-0 – January 2003 (Diouf, Owen)
Lost 2-1 – April 1994 (Rush; Flo x2)
Won 3-0 – November 1992 (McManaman x2, Marsh)
Did You Know?
Fabinho was magnificent at centre-back against Ajax, not only making an outrageous goal-line clearance but shining in all facets of his game.
The Brazilian has actually kept a clean sheet in four of the five matches in which he has started in defence for Liverpool, outlining his brilliance in the role.
The first game was a hard-fought 1-0 win at Brighton in January 2019, before a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves which was followed by a 0-0 draw at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League the following month, when he filled in for the suspended Van Dijk.
Here’s hoping he makes it five from six against the Blades.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Sheffield United – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in his press conference on Friday, Klopp was quick to acknowledge the Blades’ threat and the “tricky” matchup which awaits:
“Sheffield United deserve a lot of attention for what they do because they are really good in that, even when the results were so far not exactly how they wished for.
“The performances were not that bad, I’m pretty sure Chris Wilder knows that and they will build on that. That makes it tricky for us.
“And they had a full week to prepare the game. With all the strength they have in set-pieces anyway, they had time for working on that as well. It will be a tough one for us, like it always was against Sheffield United.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool vs. Sheffield United will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Box Office, with coverage getting underway at 7.45pm (BST) ahead of an 8pm start.
Chris Williams is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you entertained and up to date with all the action from 7.15pm (BST).