Liverpool – who face Sheffield United on Saturday at 12.30pm – haven’t dropped domestic points since a 0-0 draw with Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park in March.
Jurgen Klopp has named the same starting XI that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 28, 2019
Their hosts, Sheffield United, are also unchanged from last Sunday’s win over Everton:
Blades boss Chris Wilder has selected the same 11 which defeated Everton at Goodison Park in the last Premier League outing.#SUFC 🔴
— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) September 28, 2019
Speaking ahead of the match, Klopp expressed his belief it is still important for his Liverpool players to know the feeling of defeat despite being on a 15-game winning streak in the Premier League.
Liverpool’s 100% record this season has taken them five points clear atop the Premier League table, but they got off to a false start in the Champions League.
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- Liverpool haven’t lost a Premier League game since going down 2-1 at Man City in January.
- But they still couldn’t pip Guardiola’s side to the title last season.
- The Reds have made a 100% start to the new season and are five points clear atop the table.
- Liverpool have already lost their first Champions League game this season: 2-0 at Napoli.
- Klopp insists the result will help his players recognise the value of improving after a loss.
Klopp’s side did fall to a 2-0 defeat to Napoli in the Champions League last week and surprisingly recorded four away defeats in the same competition last season, despite lifting it for a sixth time.
But Klopp is thankful that his players still get to feel the emotions of losing now and again.
“We don’t think about it, only when I am in a press conference! It’s just the next game,” Klopp said when asked by reporters about Liverpool’s Premier League winning run.
“Thank God we lost from time to time in the Champions League or other cup competitions, because we still know how it feels. That’s really important because we want to change things when we lose a game.
“We just want to go to Sheffield [United] and make their life as uncomfortable as possible. That’s the plan. We are considered as a top team but we don’t want to behave like a top team. We want to fight like a proper challenger.”
“I looks forward to meeting Chris Wilder”
Sheffield United were written off by many at the start of the season but despite being unfancied, it appears they have been underestimated. Chris Wilder has guided them to 10th with eight points after six games.
His unique brand of football, which involves overlapping centre-backs and a barrage of crosses into the box, has caught a number of teams off guard up to now, and Klopp is relishing the chance to finally come up against his “incredible” opponent on Saturday.
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“He’s incredible. I look forward to meeting him for the first time,” he said.
“I saw his team playing now, and it’s really interesting. What they do, they do really well in the system they play; really aggressive, good pressing, and then when they have the ball it is interesting, when the centre-halves overlap.
“I am in England for four years so I don’t know everything about every team, but they deserve to be in the league. Since I am here, I followed the Championship a lot so I know how competitive it is. They way they came up, against teams like Derby and Leeds, it was big. Great coach and looking forward to facing his team.”