Liverpool kick off the new year at home to Sheffield United.
The Reds are in search of a 19th Premier League win of the season.
Chris Wilder’s plucky side currently have been the surprise package of the season so far.
Jurgen Klopp’s team will need to stop three particular Blades players to avoid starting 2020 with a monumental upset.
Whilst 27-year-old Irishman John Egan is being highlighted, any of the three Sheffield United could fill this spot. Together they have been sensational all season. Despite being a newly promoted side, Sheffield United are joint top of the clean sheets table. Wilder’s side have shut out their opponents on seven occasion already in the Premier League. Egan has been pivotal to this form. In the centre of a three man back-line he has stood out alongside Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell. Any result at Bramall Lane will depend on our ability to break down Sheffield’s well drilled back line.
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After leaving Manchester United’s academy, Oliver Norwood has finally made it at the highest level. The Burnley born midfielder was pivotal to earning Sheffield United promotion last season. He has again been vital to ensuring their good start to the Premier League campaign. In the heart of midfield, he is the team captain and typifies everything they do well. You can expect a rugged, determined performance from him as he always gives. But don’t underestimate his talent on the ball, he is a real creative outlet for Wilder’s team. Liverpool will need shut him down early to avoid him exacting any influence on the game.
Lys Mousset has been United’s go to man for goals this season. The 23-year-old Frenchman has five goals in the Premier League as 2019 ends. The young forward has also provided three assists for his teammates. Luckily for Liverpool he has been off the boil as of late. Mousset has failed to score in his last six games. However, it is just a matter of time before he returns to his top form. If we give him the chance, he’ll get back in on the goals against us on Thursday. Liverpool’s defenders must shut down his game and keep him from regaining his confidence in front of goal.