Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United
The Reds made an excellent start and it didn’t take them long to go in front as Mohamed Salah scored inside the opening five minutes.
Salah nearly grabbed a second not long after as he caught a sweet volley from Jordan Henderson’s whipped cross. However, Blades goalkeeper Henderson made a miraculous reactionary save to deny the Reds forward.
Liverpool started the second half brightly as they looked to get an early goal, with Roberto Firmino going just inches wide with a curling effort from outside the box.
An excellent Liverpool counter-attack led by Mane saw him play the ball to Salah, who found the Senegalese international with a superb reverse ball. Henderson saved Mane’s first shot; however, he finished home the rebound from close-range to hand Liverpool a 2-0 lead.
Liverpool’s lead rarely looked in danger as they put in a dominant pressing display, with the visitors deprived of creating any extended periods of sustained pressure.
However, they nearly grabbed one back after Jack O’Connell’s cross was met by Oli McBurnie from close-range, but Alisson was up to the mark as he kept the striker at bay.
The Reds held on for all three points as they started the new year with all three points, re-establishing their 13-point lead over second-placed Leicester City.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Milner, Salah, Mane, Firmino.
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