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Liverpool haven't made the best start to the season, winning 3, drawing one and losing one of their five games so far. Notably, their 7-2 defeat against Villa sticks out. That said, they'll be level with rivals Everton at the top of the table if they win today, which they're very much expected to do. Sheffield have picked up just one point all season.
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Sheffield United XI: Ramsdale, Baldock, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Stevens, Berge, Lundstram, Osborn, McBurnie, Brewster. Subs: Verrips, Sharp, Burke, Jagielka, Norwood, McGoldrick, Robinson.
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Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fabinho, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Jota, Mane. Subs: Adrian, Milner, Jones, Minamino, Shaqiri, Phillips, Williams.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of today's Premier League clash between champions Liverpool and Sheffield United.
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KICK OFF: We're underway at Anfield.
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A lovely ball down the left flank from Robertson finds Mane in behind Basham, with Ramsdale soon there for company after racing to the edge of his box. Mane slides it across towards Firmino to slot home, but a crucial block from Egan takes it behind for a corner instead.
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Wow! Incredible effort. From right on the half-way line, Alexander-Arnold looks to surprise Ramsdale with a 50-yard effort from the free-kick. The back-peddling goalkeeper can only turn it over for another corner.
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Booking: Lundstram finds himself in the book with barely two minutes on the clock, flying in on Salah on the half-way line.
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If the opening five minutes are anything to go by, it'll be a very long evening for the Blades.
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Firmino takes Henderson's pass into feet brilliantly before turning and feeding Salah 20 yards out. The forward looks to chip the ball into the box but Lundstram, already closing him down, intercepts.
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Fabinho slides on McBurnie right on the line of the Liverpool box, catching his foot. Mike Dean points for a free-kick, but VAR will have a look at this to see if it might have been inside the box...
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PENALTY GIVEN! Tonight's VAR Andre Marriner has had a look - and says that's a penalty!
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GOAL! Berge gives Alisson the eyes and puts it to Alisson's left with the goalkeeper diving the other way. Sheffield United lead.
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Liverpool win a free-kick in the left channel with Robertson and Alexander-Arnold both standing over it. Robertson's out-swinger is headed away at the near post before Osborn carries the ball clear for the visitors.
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That penalty was the first Premier League spot kick Liverpool have faced at Anfield in two years and 17 days.
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Confidence is searing through the Sheff Utd veins now. Berge's snapshot is deflected behind by Gomez and they've got another chance for an assault on the Liverpool goal now.
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Chance! Nearly a 2nd for Sheffield. McBurnie to Brewster, then Baldock from wide on the right with a curling cross to Osborn. He takes it first-time and fires straight at Alisson who can only palm away.
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From another Sheff Utd set piece, this time a free-kick from deep on the right, Lundstram's delivery is punched by Alisson to the edge of the area, but the visitors cannot capitalise as the ball's cleared away.
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Liverpool are still controlling possession, enjoying 64 per cent of it so far, but Sheff Utd will be happy to let them have it - all of the play in the last 10 minutes or so has been in front of their backline.
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It's still all Liverpool, and they're still playing patiently but going nowhere fast. And there's a brief heart-in-mouth moment when Salah lets out a yelp of pain from a crunching Osborn challenge on the flank, but after a few moments he looks fine to continue.
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Penalty shout! Berge goes over the extended leg of Jota just inside the Liverpool box after Osborn's lovely switch to Baldock on the right. Mike Dean has a great view of it and says no penalty.
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GOAL! Liverpool are level! Henderson's exquisite ball from deep is headed at Ramsdale by Mane, but the goalkeeper can do nothing about Firmino on the rebound as he taps home into an empty net. 1-1!
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There will be three minutes of added time.
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SECOND HALF: We're back for the second half. No changes for either side.
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HALF TIME: Liverpool go into the break on level terms thanks to Firmino's late equaliser. It's theirs to win now.
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Chance! Osborn's crossfield ball into the box is nodded down by Berge and into Baldock's run. His shot might well beheading for the bottom corner but for a slight deflection from Wijnaldum to take it behind for a corner.
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Block! Mane leaves Basham for dead down the Liverpool left before looking into the middle for Jota. Egan seems to have 15-foot legs tonight, they're getting in the way of everything, and again he's there to clear away before Liverpool can profit.
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Over! Liverpool win a corner. The delivery is cleared to Salah, who bends one just too high and behind from 20 yards.
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Substitution: Burke is on for Brewster. Not a great return to Anfield for him.
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Having seen little of the ball before half-time, Sheff Utd have had even less of it in the second half - only 24 per cent so far - but they've made better use of it than their hosts.
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Chance! Stevens finds Burke down the line and the flying Scotsman leaves Fabinho on his backside by the byline before going for power from a tight angle with McBurnie not in much of a position to find. Gomez blocks before the rebound hits him and goes behind.
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GOAL! What a take and what a finish from Salah! Liverpool are back in front! Uh oh... VAR is having a look for offside...
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NO GOAL! It's a quick and easy decision for VAR. Salah was offside. Nice finish though.
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GOAL! This one will count! Mane is given a little bit too much room by Baldock to cross in on his left from the flank. Jota peels off Stevens - who himself isn't the tallest - to nod beyond a stranded Ramsdale at the far post for his second Premier League goal for his new side.
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Booking: No arguments from Stevens as he barges Jota to the ground.
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Burke hasn't stopped running since he's come on. Fabinho looks to go long under pressure from the substitute, who blocks his clearance, but is unlucky when the loose ball rebounds back to the hosts.
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Save! Sander Berge tries his luck from the right-hand side of the box and sees his effort pushed away by Alisson.
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Substitution: David McGoldrick comes on for John Lundstram.
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Close! McGoldrick nearly equalises with his first involvement. He brings the ball down from a Fabinho header in the box and tries to find the top corner with a half-volley. He shows great technique but can't quite keep the effort down. Sheff Utd are pressing.
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Real frustration for Ben Osborn as no Sheff Utd forward makes a run for him in the box. He brought down a long diagonal ball, beats Trent Alexander-Arnold and is desperate for one of his teammates to make a movement.
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POST! Mo Salah nearly seals it for Liverpool with a fine individual goal. He receives the ball and rolls John Egan with a lovely first touch. That sees him in on goal and although he beats Ramsdale with a dink, his effort hits the post and rebounds straight back into the keeper's grateful arms.
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Substitution: Double change for the Reds. James Milner and Takumi Minamino are on in place of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino.
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Booking: Sander Berge hauls down Wijnaldum as Liverpool break, picking up a deserved booking.
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The visitors final ball has let them down in the past 10 minutes - David McGoldrick is the latest to put in a poor, low cross that is easily cleared.
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FULL TIME: Liverpool move level on points with league leaders Everton – who are in action tomorrow – with a home win against an impressive Sheffield side. Chris Wilder will take plenty of positives from today's performance, but the Blades remain 19th, with 1 point from six matches.
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Becker Alisson
Alexander-A...
Fabinho
Gomez Joseph
Robertson A...
Wijnaldum G...
Henderson J...
Jota Diogo
Firmino Rob...
Mane Sadio
Salah Mohamed
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Ramsdale Aaron
Basham Chris
Egan John
Ampadu Ethan
Baldock George
Lundstram John
Berge Sander
Osborn Ben
Stevens Enda
McBurnie Ol...
Brewster Rhian
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Adrian
Milner James
Jones Curtis
Minamino Ta...
Shaqiri Xhe...
Phillips Na...
Williams Neco
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Verrips Mic...
Norwood Oliver
Sharp Billy
Robinson Jack
Jagielka Phil
Burke Oliver
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