After being dumped out of the Carabao Cup following to their 1-0 loss to Sunderland in the midweek fixture, Sheffield United will turn their attention to the Premier League one again when they take on Liverpool.
With the game set to be played at the Bramall Lane, the Blades will certainly have the crowd firmly behind them. However, it has to be noted that they have to be at their best to even pick a point against Jurgen Klopp’s men.
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David McGoldrick is likely to miss out this weekend owing to his muscle injury. Further, Billy Sharp will be unavailable due to suspension owing to the red card which he had received against Southampton.
Predicted Sheffield United Lineup Vs Liverpool (3-5-2)
Dean Henderson is expected to be summoned to start as the ‘keeper. The shot-stopper has been in decent between the sticks but will be tested regularly by Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
John Egan is seemingly likely to start in the middle of a three-man backline, with Jack O’Connell and Chris Basham on his either side. They will be assigned the tough task of keeping Liverpool’s attackers at bay.
After 6 league outings, Egan has mustered 2.2 interceptions and 6.3 clearances per game on an average. Meanwhile, Basham averages 2.2 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.5 clearances per game.
Enda Stevens and George Baldock have been industrious down the flanks once again. They must strike the right balance between their defensive and offensive duties and a lot hinges on how they operate.
Baldock, after having played 6 times in the Premier League this season, has garnered 1.8 tackles and 3.3 clearances per game on an average. He will certainly be a man to watch out for in the upcoming clash.
In the central midfield, Oliver Norwood could be chalked to dictate the tempo of the game. Norwood is expected to be aided by John Fleck and John Lundstram. The latter has been relied upon heavily by Chris Wilder and apart from scoring a goal and bagging an assist, he has also inked 1.5 tackles per game on an average.
Oliver McBurnie and Callum Robinson are set to start up front. Neither of them has been able to score freely but against a big side like Liverpool, they must make the most of the opportunities they receive.
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