Diogo Jota’s second-half header secured a 2-1 win for Liverpool over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield on Saturday however the Premier League champions have been made to dig deep for the factors.
Liverpool have been looking for a primary win in three league games and in a frantic begin to the encounter they fell behind within the 13th minute when Sander Berge netted from the penalty spot.
Sheffield United, in search of their first win of the season, might have doubled their lead however Roberto Firmino levelled within the 41st minute with a tap-in.
Jota then rose to thump residence a header within the 64th minute, shortly after Mohamed Salah had a objective dominated out by VAR.
Unconvincing it was however Liverpool prolonged their unbeaten run at Anfield to 62 games within the Premier League and moved joint prime with Everton on 13 factors, though their Merseyside rivals play towards Southampton on Sunday.
Sheffield United greater than matched Liverpool in spells all through the game however stay second from backside with one level from their opening six games.
“I am only interested in the mentality in our changing room and I see hunger, resilience, character to dig in and win if you are not playing at your best,” Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson mentioned. “We showed we can dig in and see results out.”
United keeper Aaron Ramsdale was within the thick of the early motion, nearly gifting Liverpool a objective after getting caught in no man’s land however Sadio Mane’s shot was hacked clear by John Egan. Ramsdale then needed to back-pedal to tip over an audacious free kick from close to the midway line by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
It was the guests who took the lead, nevertheless, when Fabinho made contact with Oli McBurnie right on the sting of the penalty locality and the referee Mike Dean awarded a free kick.
Yet VAR checked the choice and dominated that the deal with had taken place inside the world, though it appeared inconclusive.
Berge calmly despatched Alisson the improper means.
Sheffield United left back Ben Osborn went near a second when he met a cross with a robust volley however Alisson saved it.
Liverpool have been struggling to imagine management however received stage shortly before the break when Mane’s close-range header drew a response save from Ramsdale however the ball fell kindly for Firmino to sidefoot into an empty internet.
Things didn’t get any simpler for a labouring Liverpool after the break and the guests had an honest probability when Berge headed a ball down for George Baldock who fired broad.
Salah thought he had put Liverpool forward simply previous the hour with an excellent dinked end after a deft management however VAR dominated the Egyptian marginally offside.
But any sense of injustice was shortly wiped away as Jota timed his leap to perfection to move previous Ramsdale.
Still Sheffield United threatened and substitute David McGoldrick rifled a half-volley simply over along with his first contact.
At further finish Salah was denied by the woodwork after one other beautiful piece of ability and Liverpool have been relieved when the ultimate whistle arrived.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis)
[ Attribution HT]