Sheffield United hope to extend Liverpool's miserable run as they welcome the champions to Bramall Lane on Sunday
Sunday night sees Liverpool aim to end their miserable run of late, as they travel to basement boys Sheffield United.
If someone would have told you back in November that Jurgen Klopp’s side would be entering a game against the Blades in worse form than Chris Wilder’s team, you’d have laughed them out of the room. But in each team’s last four league games, the Reds haven’t taken a single point, whereas Wilder has picked up three points in his fight against the drop.
That win came against West Brom at the start of the month, but three defeats since then have rather stunted their momentum, and they’re still 14 points adrift of safety at the bottom.
Liverpool did pick up a confidence-boosting win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League recently, but need a win in the league to avoid slipping below Everton early next week. Three points will see them keep up the pressure on fifth-placed Chelsea, who play Man United earlier on Sunday.
In order to do that, the Reds have yet another defensive crisis on their hands. Jordan Henderson, who had been filling in at centre-back for the last couple of months has just had groin surgery and is out for 4-6 weeks, meaning new signing Ben Davies could get a debut.
Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and James Milner are all out as well, while Diogo Jota is back in training after a knee injury but not fit enough to make the squad.
After his father’s tragic death on Thursday, Alisson’s participation is in doubt, although he’s not allowed to travel back to Brazil under current COVID guidelines, so may be involved if he feels in the right frame of mind.
Sheffield United are without eight first-team players as their injury worries show no sign of slowing, with John Egan, Sander Berge, Jack O’Connell, Jack Robinson, Lys Mousset, Chris Basham, Jack Rodwell and Jayden Bogle all out.
Rhian Brewster left Anfield in the summer in a £20m deal and could start against his former club, having not scored a Premier League goal since leaving the Premier League champions for Sheffield in 727 minutes of action.
If the Blades can spring a shock and pick up the points, they’ll move above West Brom into 19th, providing the Baggies lose to Brighton on Saturday afternoon.
Sheffield United take on Liverpool on Sunday, February 28th. Kick-off is at 7.15pm.