02 January 2020 live
Liverpool vs Sheffield United
A 1-0 win against ferocious ‘Wolves’, will see Liverpool return for their first premiere league game of the year, 2020. Sadio Mane’s 42minute goal separated both sides at full time in a Liverpool dominated game. Later today, Liverpool will lock horns with Sheffield United at Anfield for their 20th league appearance. ‘The Reds’ remain 10 points clear at the top of the league table with 45 points despite having a game in hand. 47 goals in 19 games with an average of 2.5 goals per match is a clear reason why the red tide remains at the top. More than half of this goals have been scored by the trio; Sadio Mane (10), Salah (9) and Roberto Firmino (6). Forget Liverpool’s recent form (WWWWWW), they remain unbeaten in their last 50 Premier League home matches (W40, D10) and have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 premier league matches. Expect the usual formation from Klopp; 4-3-3 and the same starting line-up as against Wolves as he mentioned in his pre-match press briefing on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Sheffield lost to Manchester City (2-0) a few days ago thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero (52’) and Kevin De Bruyne (82’). A string of disappointing and inconsistent referee decisions coupled with the VAR left Chris Wilder and his players fuming over the full-time results. That was their second loss in six league games, LDWWWL. Now, facing Liverpool with a possibility of certain defeat is a fate Chris Wilder’s side must acknowledge. They sit 8th position on the league table – a fantastic spot considering they are Premier League new comers. Chris Wilder’s 3-5-2 formation will be in play once again as he hopes to keep his midfield compact enough to stop Liverpool’s lethal attacking trio. The blades average 1.1 goals per match with 10.2 shots taken per game.
This will be the first meeting for both side in the Premier League at Anfield in 13 years. The last time they met ended 4-0 in Liverpool’s favor with Robbie Fowler striking twice.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho and Dejan Lovren, will remain unavailable for this match. Meanwhile, Chris Wilder has no known injury list to deal with and will be able to select his best side. Sheffield will be a stubborn side to break down but Liverpool’s hardworking forwards and defenders will come in handy for Klopp in disarming ‘The Blades’. A victory for Liverpool looks like it today.
The match Kicks off at 9PM UK Time and will be officiated by referee Paul Tierney.
Referee: Paul Tierney (England)
Kick-off: 9PM UK Time
Competition: Premier League.
What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.