Liverpool managed a scoring feat against Sheffield United on Sunday. It’s one they haven’t achieved in over four months.
Back to winning ways. That’s the overwhelming positive coming out of Sunday as Liverpool beat Sheffield United.
It’s only their third Premier League win of 2021 and their first since January 31st. It was comfortable, too.
The breakthrough had to wait until the second half but Liverpool created plenty of first-half chances. A wonderful goalkeeping performance forced them to be patient, though.
The patience paid off as Curtis Jones scored to make it 1-0. Some fantastic work from Roberto Firmino forced an own goal for the second. Everything looked good.
Yes, it was against the bottom side but Liverpool needed this. Even better, they achieved a scoring feat for the first time since October 24th.
Sharing the goals
This was the first time since October 24th that Liverpool won a Premier League game with Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah scoring. Their reliance on the duo has been huge.
Their last win, for instance – against West Ham – was on the back of a Salah brace. Before that was a win over Tottenham Hotspur and it featured a Mane goal to kill the game off.
And this pattern continues all the way until the end of October. Coincidentally – or perhaps not – that game was also against Sheffield United.
Liverpool came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 thanks to Firmino and Diogo Jota scoring. Ever since, they’ve relied on Mane and Salah getting something.
We think this is a fantastic sign. Liverpool’s biggest problem recently has been that when Salah or Mane don’t step up, no one does. And we can’t expect them to do it every game.
But on Sunday, Jones stepped up. Firmino found a way to create something. It was all very encouraging that maybe this team is finding some confidence as a unit.
Now they just need to do it against someone that isn’t Sheffield United.