Match Preview: Sheffield United vs Liverpool

Following a successful sojourn into domestic football against MK Dons in midweek, Liverpool can now get their attention back to the Premier League grind with an intriguing clash against newly promoted Sheffield United at lunchtime on Saturday.

The Reds will remain confident of maintaining their 100% record at the start of the season against Chris Wilder’s men.

However, they will be acutely aware that The Blades have already upset Everton at Goodison Park and battled back for a draw against Chelsea this season, so they will be by no means pushovers.

Team News

The travelling Reds at Brammal Lane should have a fit again Sadio Mane to look forward to on Saturday, the Senegalese winger has recovered from the dead leg suffered in last weeks 2-1 over Chelsea.

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The boost of Mane means that Jurgen Klopp should be able to revert back to his tried and tested front three of Mane, Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino after leaving the latter two in Liverpool during the week.

Divock Origi will likely be available after missing the last few weeks with an ankle injury, the Belgian will give Klopp an option from the bench should the much vaunted front three not perform.

Xherdan Shaqiri missed the cup game in the week, the former Bayern Munich and Stoke midfielder suffered a calf injury in training on Monday, he is not ready to return yet.

The highly anticipated return of FIFPro World Goalkeeper of the Year Alisson Becker is edging closer and closer.

Brazil’s number one looks set to return to training this weekend after suffering a calf injury of his own against Norwich on the opening day.

Sheffield United will likely be without experienced striker David McGoldrick.

The Republic of Ireland international hasn’t featured in any of the last two game weeks after suffering a muscle injury during shooting practice in training.

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Fellow experienced striker Billy Sharp will serve the final game of his suspension after being sent off against Southampton.

Predicted XI

Jurgen Klopp will be expected to go back to the XI of players who have been getting the job done in the league so far this season.

After making eleven changes for the Carabao Cup in the week, Jurgen Klopp should have a fully rested first eleven to count on.

Adrian will continue in goal despite Caoimhín Kelleher’s assured performance in his debut during the week.

Much like the attack, the defence continues to pick itself week in week out.

It’s impossible to drop Joel Matip while he’s playing how he is, especially after Klopp highlighted the Cameroonian defender as one of his ‘best pieces of business’ in an interview this week.

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The midfield, as every week is the only part of the eleven that encourages discussion.

Jurgen Klopp will likely continue with his workmanlike partnership of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum ahead of a flying Fabinho in defensive midfield.

As much as fans on Twitter might argue otherwise, you can’t complain when the results continue to roll on.

Check out Sam Milne’s Predicted XI here.

Overview

Brammal Lane remains one of only three grounds Liverpool have played at without winning in the Premier League (along with Nottingham Forest’s City Ground and Blackpool’s Bloomfield Road), the Reds have failed to pick up three points in any of the three games there, in 1992, 1993 and 2006.

Liverpool have now gone 23 games unbeaten in the Premier League, this includes winning their last fifteen on the bounce.

If Jurgen Klopp’s side wish to break the club’s overall record they will have to maintain their form well into the Christmas season, the current record stands at 31 games between May ‘87 and March ‘88.

Danger Men

Former Everton youth player John Lundstram has been something of a surprise package to Premier League fans so far this season.

The number seven has a goal and an assist to his name and has been a key man for Chris Wilder. An excellent budget shout for any Fantasy Football fans out there (after this week of course).

One of Bournemouth’s new signings Lys Mousset put in an excellent shift against Everton.

The former France under 21 International signed for £10 million pound from Bournemouth in the summer and he showed directness and energy off the bench at Goodison Park to put a creaking Everton defence to the sword.

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Prediction

You would expect Liverpool to have the nous and tactical nuance to overcome what is guaranteed to be a tough test in Yorkshire, Chris Wilder’s side have acquitted themselves very well this season and will be desperate to shock the Champions League winners in Red.

Look for Oli Mcburnie’s height from set pieces to be a key weapon for Sheffield United on Saturday.

If Liverpool’s front three are firing expect them to be able to bag a couple of goals though.

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