Liverpool were far from their best as the Reds narrowly defeated Sheffield United by a single goal. The goal, at that, was very unfortunate for the host’s goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
The ball bounced kindly to Gini Wijnnaldum on the edge of the box, before the Dutch international put his laces through it, and it somehow found its way underneath the on-loan Manchester United man and into the back of the net.
Some will say Liverpool were simply lucky against Sheffield United, but full back Andy Robertson has told critics that you can’t expect us to put five past everyone every week.
“That’s a different show out there – we had to get down, we had to get dirty and we had to match their battles. They’re a very honest team and they showed that today,” he told the club’s official website.
“They’re a very good team at it and they know their strengths, I think they’ll do well this season. This won’t be an easy place to come for people and it’s so important then that you match their work ethic, which we did, match their commitment, which we did, and we won our 50-50s.
“But then we lacked a wee bit of quality, which if we had more of I think we would have won a bit more comfortably.
“It was difficult. We weren’t at our best, that’s safe to say. When you’re not at your best and the other team are putting you under pressure then it’s important to get the win.
“Luckily we managed that, clean sheet – which we’re happy about – and a fortunate goal, but you have to take them up.”
I’m with Robbo, on this one – we may not have put in our best performance of the season, but it’s hard to keep up the intensity we’ve shown for every game.
Not to mention Sheffield United’s playing style which is the antithesis to our own. They like to get as many men behind the ball as possible and break on the counter.
We saw something similar against Norwich City, and this was something that our title rivals Manchester City learned the hard way. These teams aren’t push-overs.