Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Reds hit 7,000th league goal to close on top four


Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's 7,000th goal in top-flight football
Liverpool scored their 7,000th goal in top-flight football thanks to a Kean Bryan own goal

Liverpool ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats and scored their 7,000th top-flight goal during a victory at Sheffield United that moves them within two points of a Champions League place.

Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produced a string of fine saves to frustrate Liverpool in the first half as the Reds’ recent lack of cutting edge in front of goal looked set to continue.

But 20-year-old Curtis Jones showed the clinical touch his team-mates had been missing to break the hosts’ resolve shortly after the interval.

Roberto Firmino’s effort then deflected off Kean Bryan and over a stranded Ramsdale as Liverpool doubled their lead with the club’s 7,000th goal in England’s top division.

The Reds are only the second team to achieve that landmark, after Merseyside rivals Everton who have scored 7,108.

The victory keeps Jurgen Klopp’s side sixth in the table and they are now two points behind West Ham in fourth.

Sheffield United were competitive throughout and Oliver McBurnie may have done better when he headed wide while unmarked from Oliver Norwood’s cross.

But the bottom-placed Blades will now have to produce an unprecedented recovery if they are to remain in the Premier League this season.

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Line-ups

Sheff Utd

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 22Ampadu
  • 15JagielkaSubstituted forOsbornat 56′minutes
  • 29Bryan
  • 2Baldock
  • 7Lundstram
  • 16Norwood
  • 4FleckSubstituted forSharpat 80′minutes
  • 3Stevens
  • 17McGoldrickSubstituted forBurkeat 56′minutes
  • 9McBurnie

Substitutes

  • 10Sharp
  • 11Mousset
  • 13Lowe
  • 14Burke
  • 18Foderingham
  • 23Osborn
  • 24Brewster
  • 34Ndiaye
  • 35Maguire

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Adrián
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 47Phillips
  • 19Kabak
  • 26Robertson
  • 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forMilnerat 76′minutes
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 17JonesSubstituted forKeitaat 80′minutes
  • 11Salah
  • 9Firmino
  • 10Mané

Substitutes

  • 7Milner
  • 8Keita
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 23Shaqiri
  • 27Origi
  • 46R Williams
  • 75Ojrzynski
  • 76N Williams
  • 98Hughes

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