Liverpool bounce back to winning ways with victory at bottom-placed Sheffield

Liverpool bounce back to winning ways with victory at bottom-placed Sheffield

Liverpool ended their four-match losing streak with a hard-fought 2-0 win over bottom-placed side Sheffield United on Sunday evening. 

The Reds were kept at bay for the entirety of the first half by the brilliance of Aaron Ramsdale, who made five saves in the first half. 

The Reds however won the match in the second half thanks to goals from Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmimho's deflected strike to move to sixth, a point behind Chelsea, who drew 0-0 against Man United earlier. 

Despite their dominance, it was Liverpool who almost conceded first with five minutes on the clock as McGoldrick got to the end of a Norwood freekick to fire a strong header, forcing Adrian to a perfect save at the near post. 

Ramsdale then made two quick saves to, first, deny Firmino from close range, and made another intervention after the Reds quickly recycled the ball to make another attack. 

McGoldrick again drew another save from Adrian before Alexandre-Arnold and Giorgio Wjinalddum tested Ramsdale again as he single-handedly kept Liverpool at bay, ensuring the match went into the break still goalless. 

The second period was better for Liverpool as they scored two quick goals, with the first coming three minutes after the restart. 

Alexander-Arnold drove down the right flank, right to the baseline, before cutting the ball back into the area, and Jones, who was lurking hammered the ball past Ramsdale. 

The hosts complained that the ball had already gone out of play, and after a VAR check, the goal was allowed to stand much to the relief of the Reds. 

Two minutes later, Sadio Mane put the ball in the back of the net, but his effort was ruled out for offside. 

Liverpool's hard work was once again rewarded as they scored in the 65th minute to virtually take the match away from the hosts. 

It all started with some neat build-up play between Firmino, Jones, and Mane, with the latter fouled at the top of the area and the loose ball landing kindly for the Brazilian. 

He managed to wriggle his way through the packed defence, before finding some space to unleash a shot that went past the keeper via a deflection. 

The win saw the Reds put an end to their winless run in the league, and will next host Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea on Thursday night.