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Win against Sheffield United shows how Liverpool will win the title

Liverpool demonstrated how they’ll win the Premier League title with their 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

On the whole, it was probably the Reds’ worst league performance so far. They stuttered, rarely looking fluid, and simply couldn’t finish.

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Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both had golden chances that you couldn’t really imagine them missing. Mane’s first – after a phenomenal long ball from Virgil van Dijk – looked a simple lob but he completely sliced it.

His second should have been a tap-in but it cracked back off the post. Then Salah, who effectively treats one-on-ones as goals, uncharacteristically missed.

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But despite an inability to score goals, Liverpool beat Sheffield and remain on top in the title race.

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The decisive goal was a complete fluke as Gini Wijnaldum’s effort was bundled into his own net by Dean Henderson – hardy the way to win a title.

But their defence allowed them a freebie. Instead of blowing the Blades away, they kept them at bay until the inevitable happened.

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It’s something that simply wouldn’t have happened at a pre-Van Dijk Liverpool. They’d have conceded at least one as the forwards struggled, and then probably a second as they chased a goal. They certainly wouldn’t take home three points.

A solid defence gives them a platform for wins like this, though. It’s something the Reds haven’t had for a very, very long time and it may well deliver the title.

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