As Liverpool prepare for a midweek Premier League clash with Sheffield United, we take a look back at the recent history between the two clubs. A hint? It's been very good for Jurgen Klopp's men. Let's take a stroll down memory lane.
Feb. 28, 2021 - Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United
On this day it was Curtis Jones that got the scoring started just after halftime when he put the Reds in front. An own goal would follow twenty minutes later as Liverpool strolled to the win.
The Reds defense that day included the likes of Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak as the club was in the midst of a desperate injury crisis. Something not too dissimilar from where things are headed today at the moment.
Oct. 24, 2020 - Liverpool 2-1 Sheffield United
This match was played without fans as it occurred during the height of the Covid pandemic. So, while the match took place at Anfield, it was not the same home advantage the boys are accustomed to.
Sheffield took advantage of this as they actually took an early lead inside a quarter of an hour as Sander Berge converted a penalty. The same Sander Berge that would be briefly linked with a move to Liverpool but nothing came close to happening.
The score was soon leveled after Roberto Firmino scored just before halftime. The Starting XI for Liverpool on this day was the strongest of that title winning campaign with the likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Co.
Diogo Jota would play the role of super sub hero as he scored the eventual winner after being brought on for James Milner just after the hour mark.
Jan. 2, 2020 - Liverpool 2-Sheffeld United 0
Another strong lineup in this one for Liverpool as they simply outclassed Sheffield United on the day. The scoring was done by Salah and Mane who were at the peak of their partnership at this stage.
Divock Origi, a very young Harvey Elliott and the ever-versatile Adam Lallana were the subs used by Klopp on this day. Oh, how times have changed for the better I'd say in the depth regard.
Sep. 28. 2019 - Liverpool 1-0 Sheffield United
If you are sensing a theme here it would be that Sheffield United has had quite a lot of trouble scoring against Liverpool.
However, on this day, while they did not score, they sure made life difficult for the Reds. A Gini Wijnaldum 70th minute volley that slipped through the keeper's hands was the only separation on the day.
Both Salah and Mane spurned clear scoring opportunities but the good fortune was on their side on this day. Another win for the Reds.
Feb. 24, 2007 - Liverpool 4-0 Sheffield United
We need to go back a further 12 years for the next meeting as Sheffield United was wallowing in the lower divisions during this time.
This was the last real Liverpool romp in the series and of course, another clean sheet. On this day it was a Robbie Fowler brace, both from the spot, that led the charge.
Sami Hyypia and Steven Gerrard added two more goals late in the second half to complete the rout as the Reds gave the Anfield crowd a show.
Here's to hoping that the 2023 edition of this matchup means more of the same as a clean sheet and comfortable victory on Wednesday would be much needed. If recent history is anything to go by, the signs are good.