Sheffield United 0 Liverpool 2 LIVE: Firmino doubles lead after Jones opener

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Both sides have their injury issues, but it’ll still be a strong Reds side that Jurgen Klopp puts out – and United could do with a victory to keep pace with the clubs above them, after West Brom’s win yesterday.

Last updated: Sunday, 28 February, 2021, 20:49

► Severely depleted Blades take on the reigning champions with a host of key men missing

► Two changes from Fulham defeat – McGoldrick and Norwood in for Sharp and Basham

► Curtis Jones put Liverpool ahead in the second half

► Roberto Firmino added a second, with the help of a deflection

Liverpool put the ball out

as Baldock goes down and looks like he might be in trouble, but he’s back up now and looks like he might be OK

at the back post after a pass across goal found him in acres of space, he looks to smash it but is leaning back and it sails over Ramsdale’s bar as Liverpool make a change, taking off Thiago for James Milner

Burke powers past Phillips

and looks to shoot from a tight angle, he can’t get it on target but Burke there showing a glimpse of what he can offer with his pace and power

and a stroke of fortune gives Liverpool a second as Firmino’s shot deflects off Bryan and loops over Ramsdale and into the back of the net – Firmino found it too easy to wander through the defence and with a stroke of luck, has Liverpool’s second and Firmino’s second against United this season

but Kabak gets back to get a toe on the ball and put it behind for a corner – Fleck takes it, Adrian punches it clear and Norwood volleys, but it goes wide

for McBurnie as Norwood’s cross picks him out in the centre, McBurnie has space in between Liverpool’s two defenders and he makes good contact, but can’t get it on target – a gift of a chance for the Blades and McBurnie really has to be testing the goalkeeper there, at the very least

see Ben Osborn replace Phil Jagielka, and Oli Burke come on for David McGoldrick – Ollie Norwood takes the armband

Goal Liverpool… but no!

It’s ruled out for offside after Mane touched the ball home past Ramsdale, replays show he was comfortably offside and Mane looked like he knew it, too

from Alexander-Arnold’s cross, he gets a bit of space and nods towards the corner but Ramsdale saves comfortably enough

and Curtis Jones fires it home for Liverpool, United were appealing for the ball being out on the far side before it’s scored but replays suggest not, and the goal stands

with no changes for either side at the break – can United hold out again and maybe nick one going the other way?

Here’s just one of Rammers’ saves from that first half

Thoughts on that first half display, Blades fans?

and United have had a few decent chances – and a goal ruled out for offside – but Ramsdale has been superb at the other end, pulling off save after save to keep the game level at 0-0. Liverpool started to dominate towards the end of the half and had bodies racing forward all over the place, but United stood firm and are still in this game at the break.

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