Liverpool vs Sheffield United prediction: Liverpool line-up
Liverpool are on course to claim the Premier League title with an incredible run of form in the past two and have set a record of going unbeaten in 50 league games at home.
Jurgen Klopp and his men will be hoping to see their streak continue as they host Sheffield United a day after the New Year and a win will ensure that they go into the second half of the season will a healthy lead ahead of others.
On the other hand, the Blades have been impressive this term but their loss to Manchester City had put a brake in their progress for some time. Given Liverpool’s form, they would be hoping to salvage at least a point.
However, heading into this game on the back of a hard-fought victory at the weekend, Liverpool would be making sure that they cross the line on Thursday with ease.
Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, and Fabinho are long-term absentees and are likely to continue on the sidelines. whereas, Xherdan Shaqiri picked a thigh injury prior to the game against Wolves.
Dejan Lovren, Rhian Brewster, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are continuing to recover from their respective injuries and would hopefully be out of the team for the upcoming fixture.
Probable Liverpool XI
Alisson Becker (GK)
Though he didn’t have much to do in the last outing, he made a brilliant save against the Wolves. He has been the first choice and would start against the Blades.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)
The youngster has been at his best this season, especially against Leicester City. His forward runs are note-worthy for the Reds and would definitely be picked up by Klopp.
Joe Gomez (CB)
Injuries to Lovren and Matip have helped him with few starts in recent weeks. He produced a solid display last time around and would retain his spot after impressing his manager.
Virgil Van Dijk (CB)
The Dutchman centre-back has marshalled the backline with grit and determination in every game. A leader in defensive situations, Van Dijk will be one of the first names on the team sheet. He would be hoping to help the team register another clean sheet.
Andy Robertson (LB)
A pivotal player, he has been an extra option in the team’s attack by supporting from the wing-back position. He seems to have a wand of a left foot and would be counted upon to deliver the much-needed crosses.
Jordan Henderson (CM)
The Englishman has taken his game to the next level in the past two seasons, along with his leadership qualities. His experience will be crucial when the Reds host the Blades on Thursday.
Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)
He has formed to be one of Liverpool’s key midfielders under Klopp. Despite injury issues, Wijnaldum has been a regular for the side and would surely start in this fixture.
Mohamed Salah (RW)
The Egyptian has formed an unstoppable partnership with the other two forwards. He is expected to bang in a few more goals for the Anfield outfit. He would be an undoubted starter.
Naby Keita (AM)
Grabbing well the rare opportunities he gets; Keita has displayed some exquisite performances against the likes of Leicester and Bournemouth. He must be picked ahead of Lallana.
Sadio Mane (LW)
Currently the best in the business, the Senegalese has terrorized almost every defender in the league and is one of Klopp’s main man on the field. He would be an undoubted starter and will look to add to his impressive goal tally.
Roberto Firmino (ST)
The Brazilian had a wonder Club World Cup campaign and has continued to be the focal point in Liverpool’s attacking system. His presence has helped both the wingers so far and has brought stability to the team.