Three Talking Points From Liverpool’s Lucky Win Against Sheffield United

English Premier League giants Liverpool travelled to Sheffield United in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

Jurgen Klopp’s side headed into the tie top of the table with a five-point lead over 2nd place Manchester City.

The Reds were also looking to make it seven wins out of seven in the league this season.

As for Chris Wilder’s side, they began the day 10th in the English top-flight with eight points.

Sheff United could have moved as high as 4th with a win over Liverpool, for a few hours at least.

Both team’s starting line-ups were pretty standard with the Blades opting for the exact same eleven that saw off Everton last weekend.

Here are three key talking points from the clash.

1) Sheffield United should be proud of their display

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Out of the three newly-promoted sides, a case can be made that Sheffield United are impressing the most in the Premier League.

The Blades started the day level on points with the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United.

And after watching their clash with Liverpool, it is easy to see why.

Chris Wilder’s side are so well organised, even a side as good as Liverpool’s struggled to break them down.

Liverpool spent much of the first half having to pass back to their centre-backs as there simply wasn’t anything on for them going forward as Sheffield were marking so well and sticking to their shape.

Sheff United’s midfield was particularly impressive but the full eleven was so compact and up for the game.

However, while Sheffield did, at times, have 10 men behind the ball, this wasn’t one of those games were a side just sits back for 90 minutes to try and snatch a draw.

The Blades would still get at Liverpool and cause Jurgen Klopp’s team a few problems.

And while Sheffield didn’t come away with anything from tody’s game, they should still be extremely proud of their efforts.

2) Misfiring Mane

While Sheffield United were excellent for much of the game, Liverpool still had a smattering of chances throughout the 90 minutes.

Two of the bigger chances came in the opening 45 minutes and both fellow to Sadio Mane.

Mane had been in excellent form for Liverpool prior to Saturday’s game, scoring four and assisting one in six PL outings.

However, vs Sheff United, Mane’s shooting boots looked to go missing, particularly in the opening half.

Virgil van Dijk would play a good over the top through-ball to Mane in the 33rd minute.

A player of Mane’s quality should have had no problems controlling the ball and at least getting the shot on target. However, the winger would smash his shot over.

Another solid chance fell to Mane shortly after as Robert Firmino picked him out inside the United box.

Mane was unmarked and probably should have scored but he hit the post on that occasion.

3) Lucky Liverpool

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After missing out on the Premier League by a single point last season, Liverpool have started this campaign in top form.

Their display vs Sheffield United was not the best but Liverpool still managed to come away with all three points.

That was largely due to a huge howler from Sheff United keeper, Dean Henderson.

Georginio Wijnaldum would take a fairly tame shot from the edge of the United box.

It looked pretty simple for Henderson to gather in his hands.

However, the Manchester United loanee spilled Wijnaldum’s effort and it bounced under his legs and into the back of the net.

Liverpool were by no means in top form on Saturday but if they want to be champions they need a little bit of luck along the way, especially when you’re fighting for the title against Manchester City.

The pressure is now on Pep Guardiola’s side who play Everton in Saturday’s late PL kick-off.