LIVERPOOL 2-0 SHEFFIELD UNITED | SALAH (3), MANE (64)
Salah opened the scoring on four minutes, capitalising on a slip from United defender George Baldock. Mane tapped in from close range on 64 minutes after his original effort had been saved to secure a victory that marked Liverpool being unbeaten in the top flight for a year.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have 58 points from 20 games, while Sheffield United sit eighth, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.
Liverpool were far from their dazzling best but had too much quality for the newly-promoted outfit.
The opener came after Baldock slipped under Virgil van Dijk’s long ball, allowing Andy Robertson to break into the box and square for Salah, who swept in his 10th league strike of the season.
The Egyptian was then thwarted by Dean Henderson in the visitors’ goal, before John Lundstram saw an equaliser correctly ruled out for offside after 15 minutes.
Salah then hit to post after the restart, before feeding Mane, whose initial effort was parried by Henderson but he netted the rebound.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Sheffield United XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset
- Midfielder Naby Keita injured during the warm up, James Milner starts instead
- Mohamed Salah opens the scoring inside three minutes, punishing George Baldock slip
- Salah plays it in to Sadio Mane and although Dean Henderson saved his first shot, he converts the rebound
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The starting XI…
All present and correct for Liverpool.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Keita, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Subs: Adrian, Phillips, Milner, Lallana, Elliott, Jones, Origi.
Sheffield United XI: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, McGoldrick, Mousset.
Subs: Verrips, Jagielka, Osborn, Besic, Robinson, McBurnie, Sharp.