When these two teams last met Liverpool were well and truly in the title race, but four months later the Reds head to Sheffield United desperately fighting for a top-four spot.
Sheffield United vs. Liverpool
Sunday, February 28, 2021 – 7.15pm (GMT)
Premier League (26)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
After a rare eight-day break, it’s time to get back on the road and the league’s cellar-dwellers await with a familiar face in tow.
It’s been tough going for Liverpool of late and the defeat to Everton didn’t help matters, with our lack of potency in front of goal on show once again.
But it was a result to completely wipe from the mind with a great deal of urgency, especially as it was compounded by another injury to Jordan Henderson. We just can’t catch a break.
And now another opportunity to turn our fortunes around is on the table, this time in the form of a threadbare Sheffield United side with a long injury list of their own.
To say a win here in non-negotiable would be an understatement, not just because of the opponent but for the hopes of ending the season with a place in the top four.
There are glimmers of hope, however, with familiar faces on the cusp of a return for the Reds and a victory in South Yorkshire could be just the ticket as sometimes all you need is one win.
The injury merry-go-round has continued and taken Henderson as its latest victim, with the captain now facing at least two months on the sidelines.
The 30-year-old has undergone a corrective procedure for his groin injury, where various reports suggest a layoff anywhere between six and 10 weeks – with Klopp hinting it could be longer.
The No. 20 returned to team training on Wednesday and the boss says he “looks very good,” although a decision on how he is reintroduced into the matchday team remains to be seen.
A place on the bench is likely, however, while no decision has been made over Alisson following the tragic passing of his father.
For the Blades, meanwhile, they have an injury crisis of their own with Jayden Bogle, Chris Basham, Lys Mousset, Jack Rodwell, John Egan, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson and Sander Berge all out of contention.
Possible Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale; Jagielka, Bryan, Ampadu; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Sharp
Last 5 Away to Sheffield United (All Competitions)
Won 1-0 – September 2019 (Wijnaldum)
Drew 1-1 – January 2006 (Hulse; Fowler pen)
Lost 2-1 – January 2003 (Tonge x2; Mellor)
Drew 0-0 – December 1993
Drew 0-0 – October 1992
*To be played behind-closed-doors
Did You Know?
We’re all for searching for the positives but this little piece of information was too good, the irony is not missed, to pass up.
In 2021, the Premier League‘s cellar-dwellers in Sheffield United have picked up more points than the reigning champions. Let that sink in for a moment.
At this point, you just have to laugh.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Sheffield United – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Klopp is expecting to have a fight on his hands against Wilder’s side:
“Sheffield United is a strong side with a difficult, difficult start in the season.
“Meanwhile, the last 10 games I think, the results were much different. You can see that, they are much more confident, all these kind of things.
“They will fight with all they have, we will fight with all we have. It’s not important if it’s dangerous or difficult or the best moment, it’s the only game we have this weekend and that’s the way we want to go into it.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Sheffield United vs. Liverpool kicks off at 7.15pm (GMT) and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event, with coverage from 7pm.
Ben Twelves will be keeping you entertained and up to date with all the action on our usual matchday live blog, starting from 6.30pm.