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Chris Wilder’s comments epitomise how Liverpool have uncovered the perfect model

Liverpool are redefining the meaning of the word relentless after they extended their lead at the Premier League summit to a gargantuan 13 points following their 2-0 victory at home to Sheffield United.

With the list of absentees continuing to grow for Jurgen Klopp, not even injury can halt this inspiring Liverpool team. The European champions have now taken 101 points over the previous 365 days after their 19th league victory of the season ensured the team have gone a full calendar year unbeaten.

Naby Keita was lost before the warm-up following a groin problem to join the likes of Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nathaniel Clyne and Xherdan Shaqiri who are all on a lengthy-looking injury list.

Arguably the most remarkable characteristic of this Liverpool side is their resilience to adversity. What previously might have derailed their season, is no longer the case for this world-conquering Reds side. This, team, this coach, these players are made of far stronger stuff.

One manager’s comments who epitomise the Liverpool model under FIFA Coach of the Year Klopp was none other than the man in the opposing dugout to the German head-coach – Chris Wilder.

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The Sheffield United manager was full of praise for the European champions after his team were routinely beaten for a second consecutive away match.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Sheffield United Manager Chris Wilder looks dejected during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United at Anfield on January 2, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

 

Speaking after the defeat, Wilder was disappointed by the gulf in class between the two teams but couldn’t hide his admiration of the work Klopp and his backroom team have masterminded to create an almost-unstoppable model.

“It was very unlike us, we did not lay a glove on them and didn’t do anything that’s got us into this position,” Wilder said during his post-match interview with BT Sport.

“They were outstanding and did not really get out of second or third gear.

“They did all those things. People talk about academy coaches and all this nonsense, technical, tactical stuff. When we played them at our place, we laid a glove on them and made it difficult for them.

“They won every first ball, every second ball, ran forwards and backwards, they did that miles better than us.

“So academy coaches and all this nonsense that comes out about coaching, have a little peek at Liverpool tonight. Played in second and third gear but still had the humility and the desire to do that as world champions and European champions and well on their way to being Premier League champions.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with Sadio Mane of Liverpool after scoring their first goal to make the score 1-0 during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Sheffield United at Anfield on January 2, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel Chesterton/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

It was almost too routine for Liverpool at times who began the new decade as they had spent the majority of 2019; winning.

The day started for Wilder and his Blades with their popular ‘activation session’, held in Stanley Park which was notoriously interupted by a local dog. It proved to be familiar omens at Anfield after a few familiar faces gatecrashed another trip to the north-west.

This Liverpool team continue on their prowl for world domination. The Reds are rewriting the history books as the dawn of golden age seems tantalisingly close. Klopp’s men are top, and it remains to be seen whether they can be stopped.

 

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