Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when the defending champions take on Sheffield United at Anfield.
Anfield, Liverpool, England
Key Stat: Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 61 consecutive Premier League matches at Anfield.
Expert Verdict: Back on home soil in the Premier League and buoyed by their Champions League win against Ajax, Liverpool will look to put a bad couple of weeks behind them. Winless Sheffield United have failed to reach the heights of last season and the Blades are huge underdogs for this game.
Alisson Becker and Kostas Tsimikas are still likely to be a week away from returning, though Naby Keita is back in contention. Thiago Alcantara faces a late fitness test, while Virgil van Dijk is a long-term absentee after the injuries they picked up against Everton. Joel Matip could also be absent at the back, which would mean Fabinho continuing at centre-half.
Sadio Mane – Opened the scoring against Everton last weekend to continue the form he showed before his enforced medical break, when he also netted against Chelsea and Arsenal.
Mo Salah – His goal against Everton was his sixth in five Premier League games so far this season to continue his excellent goalscoring record.
Fabinho – So key when he slotted into the back line against Ajax, the makeshift centre-back is going to have to repeat that going forward too.
Liverpool ended a three-game losing streak when an Ajax own goal made the difference in Amsterdam in mid-week. That 1-0 win followed the 2-2 Merseyside Derby draw, when Sadio Mane and Mo Salah put Liverpool in front twice. Previously, Salah’s double against Aston Villa was nothing more than a consolation in a crushing 7-2 defeat.
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita
Forwards:Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah, Sadio Mane
After his late penalty last weekend, Billy Sharp could come into the starting line-up. Max Lowe, John Fleck, Lys Mousset, Jack O’Connell and reserve goalkeeper Simon Moore are all out injured.
Aaron Ramsdale – Dean Henderson was so key in goal last season, so the new man between the sticks has big gloves to fill this season.
Billy Sharp – Stepped off the bench to rescue a point from the penalty spot last time out but, as ever, he needs to start scoring consistently.
Oli McBurnie – Could be up against Fabinho at the back, in which case he needs to make a nuisance of himself against the makeshift centre-back.
Sheffield United got their first point of the season last time out, when Billy Sharp equalised from the penalty spot late on against Fulham. It ended a losing start to the season, that had previously continued with their 2-1 loss at Arsenal, in which David McGoldrick had scored their goal.
Defenders:Chris Basham, John Egan, Ethan Ampadu
Midfielders:George Baldock, Sander Berge, Oliver Norwood, John Lundstram, Enda Stevens
Forwards:Oli McBurnie, Billy Sharp
Liverpool did the double over Sheffield United last season as the Blades returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2007. A goalkeeping howler gifted Gini Wijnaldum the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane, while Mo Salah and Sadio Mane scored in a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture.
Liverpool have endured a tough couple of weeks, first with their defeat to Aston Villa and then with Virgil van Dijk’s injury suffered in the Merseyside Derby draw.
They also had a late winner chalked off by VAR, by the smallest of margins, to further frustrate them in that game.
The Reds put that behind them to beat Ajax last time out, however, and now need to build on that win when they take on Sheffield United.
The Blades, by contrast, are in poor form after a losing start to the season.
Billy Sharp’s late penalty secured a first point of the campaign last time out, but things do not look good considering how impressive Chris Wilder’s side were last season.
Injuries have not helped a squad that, in truth, lacks depth beyond their starting XI and they go into this game as big underdogs.
Liverpool have come out the other side of a tough couple of weeks and now need to kick on to get their title defence back on track. This is a big opportunity to do that.
Liverpool are comfortable odds-on favourites for this game and can be backed at 1/4 to win with Betway.
With Sheffield United lacking goals too, you can bet against both teams to score at 5/6 with Betway.
Neither game last season featured a goal glut, however, so under 2.5 goals could be worth backing at 13/8 with Bet365.
Mo Salah has six goals in five games this season and the Liverpool striker is 13/20 with 888sport to score at any time. In-form Sadio Mane is a best price of 20/21 with Bet365.
Liverpool got back to winning ways in mid-week, whereas Sheffield United have endured a tough start to the new season.