Liverpool’s busy December continues with a trip to the Steel City as they look to continue to establish their title credentials against Sheffield United.
Sheffield United vs. Liverpool
Premier League (15) | Bramall Lane
December 6, 2023 | 7.30pm (GMT)
Here, we’re listing all of the key details you will need to know ahead of our latest Premier League encounter.
1. Team news
2. New manager bounce?
Liverpool will once again have to contend with the dreaded new manager bounce as they navigate the upcoming midweek meeting with the Blades.
It was confirmed the day before the game that Paul Heckingbottom had been removed from his post, with former boss Chris Wilder returning to the position he left two years ago in his place.
3. Second plays bottom
As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as an easy game in the top flight.
There is no room for complacency though, a rewind to our recent Luton trip should be enough to eradicate any of that!
4. The day for Mo’s double century?
Only four players in Liverpool’s history have managed to reach the landmark (Ian Rush, Roger Hunt, Gordon Hodgson and Billy Liddell) and it is just a matter of time before the Egyptian king adds his name to that list.
5. Tension on the touchline?
Klopp will come up against Wilder for the first time since February 2021, following a period in which the pair exchanged unpleasantries about their differing opinions on the five-subs rule.
Wilder once branded the Liverpool boss as “selfish” for his views on player welfare, with Klopp sarcastically responding: “They have three subs and one point.”
6. A first for the subs?
It’s a stat that may make you read twice, but no Liverpool player has ever come off the bench to score against Sheffield United.
With the five-sub rule now in place (sorry Chris!), there will be plenty of opportunity for the Reds to put that right on Wednesday.
Klopp has made good use of his mid-game changes so far this season and has plenty of attacking quality to call upon should the situation require it.
7. More changes expected
Liverpool have eight fixtures between the start of December and Boxing Day, meaning they will need to be smart with rotataion in order to maximise their chances of a good run.
Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott both sat out of Sunday’s clash and will be keen to get back into the action, while Cody Gakpo staked a claim for a starting role with an impressive cameo off the bench.
TIA predicted XI: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Endo, Szoboszlai, Jones; Salah, Nunez, Gakpo
8. Klopp’s perfect record
Wednesday will be Klopp’s fifth outing against Sheffield United, winning the previous four before the Blades were relegated in the 2020/21 season.
The Reds have conceded just once in those four encounters, and the boss will be keen to maintain his winning streak as the festive schedule begins to ramp up.
9. Controversial referee pick
Hooper initially called advantage following a tackle on Erling Haaland and the Etihad, only to pull play back while Jack Grealish looked to be in on goal.
10. Follow the action with us!
If you’re looking for a biased take on proceedings as it’s happening, look no further than TIA’s matchday liveblog!
We are on hand to bring you updates as they are happening from Bramall Lane, starting at 6.45pm (GMT) ahead of kick-off at 7.30pm.
Another three points please, Reds!