Saturday, 24 October 2020 23:36

 

Defending champions Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a hard-fought comeback victory over struggling Sheffield United at Anfield.

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho conceded a 13th-minute penalty for a foul on Oliver McBurnie on the very edge of the box, allowing Sander Berge to slot in following a video assistant referee review.

Despite Liverpool facing spirited opposition, Roberto Firmino converted from Sadio Mane's saved shot four minutes before half-time and Diogo Jota's header completed the turnaround midway through the second half.

After two league games without victory, including their astonishing 7-2 defeat by Aston Villa, Jurgen Klopp's side moved joint top of the table alongside Merseyside rivals Everton, who face Southampton on Sunday 

Jota's decisive goal arrived two minutes after Mohamed Salah's fine finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross was ruled out by VAR for offside, while Salah was denied by the woodwork late on.

John Egan's sliding intervention had prevented Salah from putting Liverpool ahead inside the first minute, while Alexander-Arnold's ambitious free-kick from the halfway line forced Aaron Ramsdale to tip over as the Blades endured early pressure.

United remain winless and with a single point after six games, but they offered manager Chris Wilder plenty of encouragement and were denied a 2-0 lead when returning Liverpool keeper Alisson pushed away Ben Osborn's excellent volley.