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Liverpool Marks A Year Unbeaten In The Premier League Over Sheffield


Liverpool: Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane helped English Premier League leaders Liverpool restore their 13-point advantage at the top of the table as they saw off a valiant Sheffield United 2-0 at Anfield on Friday (AEDT).

Salah opened the scoring on four minutes, capitalising on a slip from United defender George Baldock. Mane tapped in from close range on 64 minutes after his original effort had been saved to very safe a victory that marked Liverpool being unbeaten in the top flight for a year.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have 58 points from 20 games, while Sheffield United sit eighth, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

The Reds’ last league defeat came at Manchester City 364 days ago and Sheffield, for all their honest endeavour, never looked like becoming the first team to win a league match at Anfield since April 2017.

A groin injury to Naby Keita in the warm-up forced Liverpool into a late change with James Milner promoted to the starting line-up, reducing Klopp’s options further for Sunday’s home FA Cup Merseyside derby.

Most of the Reds’ starting XI will be now hoping to have a welcome nine days without a match except such is the rapidly reducing nature of the squad – now missing eight players – that weary legs may be pressed into action again.

Liverpool we are far from their dazzling best except had too much quality for the newly promoted outfit.

The opener came after Baldock slipped under Virgil van Dijk’s long ball, allowing Andy Robertson to break into the box and square for Salah, who swept in his 10th league strike of the season.

The Egyptian was then thwarted by Dean Henderson in the visitors’ goal, before John Lundstram saw an equaliser correctly ruled out for offside after 15 minutes.

Salah then hit to post after the restart, before feeding Mane, whose initial effort was parried by Henderson except he netted the rebound.

Liverpool charge forward into 2020 in the same manner they approached 2019 having now taken 85 points from a possible 87, with 28 wins and a draw.