Liverpool ended a string of four consecutive Premier League defeats and scored their 7,000th top-flight goal in a 2-0 win over Sheffield United, bringing them within two points of a Champions League berth.
Aaron Ramsdale, the Blades’ goalkeeper, made a series of fine saves in the first half to frustrate Liverpool, whose recent lack of cutting edge in front of goal looked set to continue.
Curtis Jones, 20, shattered the hosts’ determination shortly after the break with a clinical touch that his teammates lacked. When Roberto Firmino’s effort deflected off Kean Bryan and over a stranded Ramsdale, Liverpool’s lead was doubled. It was the club’s 7,000th goal in the Premier League.
After Merseyside rivals Everton, who have 7,108 goals, the Reds are just the second Premier League team to reach the milestone. The win keeps Jurgen Klopp’s side in the sixth position in the table, two points behind fourth-placed West Ham.
Sheffield United battled hard throughout, and Oliver McBurnie should have done better when he headed wide from Oliver Norwood’s cross while unmarked.
However, if the Blades are to stay in the Premier League this season, they will have to stage an unparalleled comeback.