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Liverpool Boost Top-Four Hopes After Ending Losing Run

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Result: Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool

Date: 28 February 2021

Venue: Bramall Lane

Liverpool revived their top-four hopes with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United in Premier League action on Sunday evening.

The champions were without goalkeeper Alisson Becker following the death of his father in Brazil. Adrian replaced Alisson and Nat Phillips came in for injured captain Jordan Henderson. Meanwhile, Sheffield United made two changes as Oliver Norwood replaced Chris Basham and the returning David McGoldrick took over the captaincy with Billy Sharp dropping to the bench.

The first opportunity fell to the hosts with just three minutes gone. McGoldrick peeled away at the back post to meet a free-kick but Adrian made a good reflex save to deny him.

Liverpool responded as Roberto Firmino was released clear on goal, but Aaron Ramsdale made a tremendous save to thwart the Brazilian.

The champions were putting the league's bottom side under the pump with home keeper Ramsdale keeping his side in the game.

First, Salah broke through and went for the near post but Ramsdale got across and then Alexander-Arnold cut inside from the right and brought another fine save out of the former Bournemouth keeper at his near post.

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Georginio Wijnaldum was the next player to be denied by Ramsdale, who kept out his vicious strike with Ethan Ampadu there to clear the danger.

Liverpool finally broke the Blades' resistance three minutes after the restart. Trent Alexander-Arnold crossed from the right and the ball fell in the box for midfielder Curtis Jones to drill home his second Premier League goal.

The Reds doubled their lead after 65 minutes with a well-worked goal. Roberto Firmino played one-twos with Jones and Sadio Mane before evading several defenders and his shot deflected off Bryan Kean into the back of his net for an own goal.

Salah missed a glorious opportunity to make the result more comfortable with ten minutes to go but he was unable to convert from close-range after Andy Robertson's square pass.

There were no further clear-cut chances created as Jurgen Klopp's side bounced back from their Merseyside derby defeat.

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