Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side are still in “exciting places” after beating Sheffield United to end a run of four successive Premier League defeats and move within two points of a Champions League spot.
Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale produces a number of great savings in the first half to frustrate Liverpool, as the Reds seem to continue their recent lack of cutting edge.
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.
“Plenty of people have written us off. That’s fine,” said Klopp, whose side are sixth and two points behind West Ham in fourth. “With all the problems we have had we’re still around the exciting places.
“This was about us showing we’re still there. We play Chelsea on Thursday, we have to show it again. We have to win football games, we know that. There’s no way into the Champions League without results.”
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.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder says “We had a right go but lacked quality and strength in depth. You need your best players to be at the top of their game. You need a bit more in this division because it’s brutal and it exposes you.
“Liverpool have got some world-class players because not only have they been successful on the European stage but also the world stage.
“The two goals we conceded were really disappointing. You have to be perfect out of possession and perfect in possession against Liverpool and we weren’t.
“We haven’t taken chances that have come to us. There in a nutshell is our season. We’re not defending anywhere near as well as we did last season.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says “Everyone who sees Sheffield United playing knows you have to work really hard against them.
“We created an awful lot and should have been 3-0 up. Andy Robertson could have had a hat-trick.
“The clean sheet is very important. Adrian showed pure class and character. I’m really happy for him. He was very front-footed. That was a really good game.”