Sheffield United and Liverpool meet in a Premier League showdown at Bramall Lane on Wednesday at 7:30pm (UK time).
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Sheffield United find themselves sitting in 20th place with five points after 14 matches. The hosts were mauled 5-0 at Turf Moor against Burnley last time out, extending their winless streak to three matches (one draw and two losses). The result cost Paul Heckingbottom his job and he’s since been replaced by a returning Chris Wilder.
“Chris is the right man for the job,” Sheffield United’s owner, Prince Abdullah, told TalkSport. “Chris has done great things for the club and in my opinion he’s the best guy on planet Earth to take over the club right now in these circumstances.”
Wilder couldn’t have asked for a tougher first examination. Liverpool triumphed 4-3 over Fulham at home to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games (four wins and three draws), leaving them in second place on 31 points through 14 matches. If that’s not worrisome, Liverpool is unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches (five wins and one draw) against Sheffield United who have already conceded 39 goals this season which is the most 14 games into a Premier League campaign in history, after Barnsley’s 40 in 1997/98.
He will play ‘wherever it’s best’ for Liverpool
Last season produced few highs for Liverpool who saw a slew of players struggle. Among those playing below their usual standard was Trent Alexander-Arnold who slowly transitioned from a flying right-back to an inverted full-back.
Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Premier League since playing an inverted role for the first time against Arsenal:
◉ Most touches
◉ Most final ⅓ passes
◉ Most passes into final ⅓
◉ Most possession won
◉ Most through balls
◉ Most assists
And he's scored a banger. ♨️ pic.twitter.com/7Xn6qwyZPj
— Squawka (@Squawka) May 15, 2023
It’s that latter position which has seen Alexander-Arnold predominantly used by head coach Jurgen Klopp but the German tactician isn’t ruling out a return to his more traditional role.
“We still have to make decisions on what is best for the team and Trent sees it exactly the same way,” he told reporters. “Trent can play midfield, we all knew that and he can play the role really well. If he wants to be good he has to be influential from all different areas because it makes us better.”
Alexander-Arnold effectively won Liverpool three points across their last two Premier League outings. An equaliser at Manchester City was followed up by the winners against Fulham moving him onto two for the season – equalling last season’s total output and two before that.
Never before had Alexander-Arnold scored in consecutive league outings; to provide further context, his two most recent Premier League strikes before this run came across 44 previous matches. Alexander-Arnold’s newfound striking form coincided with him signing a lucrative footwear deal with Adidas wearing their famed Predator boots.
Though he’s been pushed into midfield lately, Alexander-Arnold has previous youth experience playing in the middle third, in fact, a few years ago Jamie Carragher tipped him to be Liverpool’s answer to Kevin De Bruyne.
“People talk about the future and could he come into midfield and be a Kevin De Bruyne-type player,” he told Viasport. “He has more quality now than Liverpool’s midfield players and you think about the crosses that De Bruyne puts in from the right midfield position and maybe that’s a position where Trent could play.”
Scenes. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/6fyCw9NzrX
— Trent Alexander-Arnold (@TrentAA) December 3, 2023
It’s happening now but as Klopp reiterates Alexander-Arnold will play where best for the 19-time English champions.
“Trent became one of the most successful players in the history of Liverpool. In the recent history, he became a Premier League player as a right-back so he will play wherever it’s best for us and that’s just how it is and Trent sees it exactly the same way,” he added.
“I’m not stubborn and don’t want to play him midfield, not at all, but I am not part of the discussion. You [the media] can discuss it as much as you want but it will not have any influence. He wants to play and from my point of view he has to be influential and we have to make sure we help him with the positioning.
“If you want to be good he has to be influential from all different areas because it just makes us better if he plays a good game.”
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 1-3 Liverpool
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