Liverpool are set to take on Sheffield United on the road in the Premier League this weekend, looking to become just the second team in the Premier League history to open the new campaign with seven consecutive wins.
The only occasion when a team started the new season with a 100% record in the first seven games was the 2005-06 season when Chelsea won the first one game.
A win for Jurgen Klopp’s men will open up an eight points gap at the table, for at least a few hours, as Manchester City take on Everton in the last fixture scheduled for Saturday.
For Sheffield United, it’s a moment to cherish. The visit of the reigning champions to the Bramall Lane is a sign of how far the club has come since Chris Wilder took charge of the team back in 2016.
The Blades are eying the back-to-back wins in the Premier League for the first time since 2006.
The Premier League match will be played between Sheffield United and Liverpool at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The ground has a capacity of 32,702.
The game will start at 05:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, September 28.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Sheffield United – L W D L W L
Liverpool – W W L W W W
Sheffield United Team News:
Billy Sharp will be serving the last of his three-game ban here and won’t be involved.
David McGoldrick tweaked his groin in the build-up to last weekend’s match and remains a big doubt.
If McGoldrick fails to recover, expect Callum Robinson to partner Oliver McBurnie upfront.
Chris Wilder otherwise has no other injury concerns ahead of this game.
Sheffield United Probable XI:
Dean Henderson (GK), Jack O’Connell, John Egan, Chris Basham, George Baldock, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Enda Stevens, Callum Robinson, Oliver McBurnie
Liverpool FC Team News:
Xherdan Shaqiri has been ruled out from the clash due to an injury he suffered in the training.
Alisson Becker had returned to light training for the first time since suffering a calf injury on the opening weekend. But the Brazilian shot-stopper, who won FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year this week, will most likely feature after the next international break.
Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term injury absentee and won’t return anytime soon.
Expect Sadio Mane to be fit:
Sadio Mane was seen with an ice-pack wrapped around his thigh at Stamford Bridge after Jurgen Kloop took him off in the 2nd half. But it was no more than a precautionary measure and we expect the Senagalese superstar to feature here.
That said, Liverpool have a Champions League assignment on Wednesday, and Klopp may yet decide not to risk Mane here.
The case for Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain!
Naby Keita played for the first time this season when he was included in Liverpool’s League Cup playing 11, but the former RB Leipzig man was far off his usual best. The 23-year-old showed the signs of match fitness.
The same can be said about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who failed to leave the desired impact on Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons.
Klopp later said in his post-match press conference that the duo needs more time to regain their 100% match fitness.
However, Chamberlain is certainly ahead in terms of recovery, having featured in a couple of games for Liverpool this season.
It’s likely that the former Arsenal man is involved here, but most probably from the bench.
In addition, Divock Origi remains a doubt ahead of the game.
Liverpool Probable XI:
Adrian (GK), Robertson, Matip, Van Dijk, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Firmino, Salah
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Roberto Firmino: It’s baffling, to say the least, the selflessness he showed on the pitch, the signs which contradicts the fact that he is a striker. He is irreplaceable and is one of the first names on the matchday sheet.
Sadio Mane: His pace and the trickery on the left-wing is a problem for all the defenders. He is deadly in the final third and is the most in-form players in the squad at the moment.
Mohamed Salah: The Egyptian King has failed to score in the last two games, which is a rarity. Expect the former Chelsea, Fiorentina, AS Roma and FC Basel winger to find the back the of the net here.
John Lundstarm: Sheffield’s most consistent player so far this season. The 25-year-old is one of the main men in the midfield and has the ability to pop up with goals and assists as well.
Oliver Norwood: Don’t look the blank column in his goals and assists de[eartment, for his influence and impact on this team, lies on a different horizon. He breaks up the play and is the player who sets up the tempo for the team.
LIV vs SHF Dream11 potential winner:
Liverpool are yet to win a game at Bramall Lane in the Premier League era, but never Sheffield United faced a team of this caliber from Merseyside.
We back a win for Liverpool in this match.