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Managers Report: Liverpool beat Sheffield United

Managers Report: Liverpool beat Sheffield United as they came back from a one goal down to a two goals win. This is what the managers of both teams had to say

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder speaking to BBC Sport:

“No hard luck stories, you have to go again. We have had opportunities. You are not expected to dominate at Anfield, but we did more than enough to get something from it and we are disappointed we are going back on the coach with nothing.

“We took the game to our opponents. They are always going to open you up but I enjoyed watching my team tonight. We were not far off, but you have to pick up results.

“If we had got to half time it might have been easier. Conceding just before was a big blow but we stayed in the game and we pushed in the end to try to get a result.”

On differences from last season:

“We had a settled side last year which gives continuity, we have been hit hard and had to change things around.

“But Ethan Ampadu gave us mobility in midfield and we went toe-to-toe with them.

“It wasn’t all one-way traffic and can you pick out good aspects of our game.”

On upcoming matches:

“We have some difficult games coming up but we know we can be competitive against the big teams.

“Sure, we would have liked more points. Our defining games will be against teams in and around us, but we have got to keep in contact by picking up points whenever we can and by showing the same attitude as we did tonight.

“In the performances from last year to this year there has not been a great difference, but we kept the ball out of the net better last year and we are not hurting teams the same when we get the chance.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports:

“We were a bit too hectic at the start. We had four offensive players on the pitch but all offered the same option.

“But I love half time. The second half started good and for 20 to 25 minutes we were really good. We could have scored more and then they came back.

“We had to dig deep but the boys did.

“It’s nice to win 2-0 or 3-0 every game but that only happens if, in games like this, we are ready to fight hard. On nights like this you earn the right to win the others like that.

“Really good partnership at the back, but they have a tough job to do. The penalty conceded was clear it was a challenge to win the ball. We are on the wrong end of another decision, but luckily we could sort that tonight, so maybe I should not talk too much about that.”

Line up for the game

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino (Minamino 83), Jota (Milner 83), Mane.
Unused: Adrian, Jones, Shaqiri, Phillips, N Williams.

Sheffield United: Ramsdale, Baldock, Stevens, Basham, Lundstram (McGoldrick 76), Berge, McBurnie, Egan, Ampadu, Osborn, Brewster (Burke 54).
Unused: Sharp, Jagielka, Norwood, Robinson, Verrips.

Pictures from game

Photo of Klopp and Fabinho
Photo by Liverpool FC
Photo of Firmino celebrating
Photo by Liverpool FC
Photo of Sheffield United and Liverpool player in air
Photo by PA

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