Liverpool face Sheffield United on Thursday in a clash that is far more difficult than most would think.
Sheffield United aren’t one of the league’s biggest sides, nor do they have a rich history in the Premier League. They earned promotion just last season and struggle to score goals.
Their away record, however, is fantastic.
The Blades have lost just one away game this season, coming at the weekend against Manchester City. And even that featured a very controversial opener for City.
Their form can be summarised with one fantastic stat – Barcelona lost the same number of away games against Premier League sides as Sheffield United in 2019.
They have the second-meanest defence away from home, conceding just nine times. Only Liverpool (five) can beat that.
And so despite Sheffield United not immediately looking like trouble, they should worry Liverpool. They’re possibly the biggest threat to the Reds’ remarkable home record.
Liverpool have won every single home game in the Premier League this season. It’s a record they’d certainly like to keep going but one that Sheffield United will have in their sights.
The Blades will hardly head to Anfield looking for a win, though. They’ll aim to leave with a point and given their form, will back themselves to get it.
It’ll be a game that sees Liverpool depend on their front-three, then. Sheffield United have a very solid defence and won’t give up too many chances. It may well come down to a moment of magic or clinical finishing.
We know the Liverpool forwards can provide both but if they do fall short on Thursday, we could see the Reds drop points at home for the first time this season.