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Live Reporting

Emma Sanders and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    Time to bring the shutters down on this live text.

    Another exceptionally busy day of football and a busy midweek to come.

    Don't forget you can check out all today's reports and stories here.

    And you can listen to the Football Daily podcast here.

    Thanks for your company. Until next time...

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    Stephen: Liverpool team who didn’t start tonight: Allison, Gomez, VVD, Matip, Milner, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Ox, Shaqiri, Jota. #JustSaying

  3. 'We don't have quality to compete'

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, speaking to Sky Sports: "You’ve got to be at your best to beat Liverpool. They’re one of the top sides in England and Europe. You have to have your best players available and be on top form. Unfortunately, right now we’re not.

    "There’s always spirit there. I look at the faces of my players in the changing room. They’ve given absolutely everything. This is a really tough gig for them because of the season we’ve had.

    "We’ve come up, we’ve exceeded expectations. There’s a gulf in class and a difference in depth of squad. But I always believe we have the opportunity to win every game. It was 0-0 at half-time and we had chances.

    "Our model is 17th in the division. We try to buy the best Championship players and be that kind of club. To be an established Premier League club, the gulf is too much.

    "I don’t think anyone can question our attitude or commitment. Sometimes you’re not good enough and you don’t have the quality to compete. At the moment we don’t have that quality."

  4. Post update

    And the Premier League games keep on coming...

    Monday: Everton v Southampton (20:00 GMT)

    Tuesday: Man City v Wolves (20:00)

    Wednesday: Burnley v Leicester (18:00), Sheffield United v Aston Villa (18:00), Crystal Palace v Man Utd (20:15).

    Thursday: Fulham v Tottenham (18:00), West Brom v Everton (18:00), Liverpool v Chelsea (20:15).

  5. 'It's a results business'

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool


    Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold, speaking to BBC MOTD: "This is exactly what we needed. It’s what we’ve needed for a while.

    Did you know your cross leading to the the first goal was still in play?: "I didn’t really, it goes down to the finest of margins with VAR. You never know these days. I was stretching but we were happy to get a goal.

    "We haven’t been bad in the last few weeks, we just haven’t been able to get results.

    "It’s a results business so it’s important to get the win.

    "When games aren’t going well you want that break to get things right. The week without a game has done us good, we’ve been able to work together and get the practice in as a new backline."

  6. 'Our defending has not been good enough'

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder, speaking to BBC MOTD: "We had a right go but lacked quality and strength in depth. You need your best players to be at top of game. You need a bit more in this division because it's brutal and it exposes you.

    "Liverpool have got some world-class players because not only have they been successful on the European stage but also the world stage.

    "The two goals we conceded were really disappointing. You have to be perfect out of possession and perfect in possession against Liverpool and we weren't.

    "We haven't taken chances that have come to us. There in a nutshell is our season. We're not defending anywhere near as well as we did last season."

  7. 'Robertson could have had a hat-trick'

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    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to BBC MOTD: "Everyone who sees Sheffield United playing knows you have to work really hard against them.

    "We created an awful lot and should have been 3-0 up. Andy Robertson could have had a hat-trick.

    "The clean sheet is very important. Adrian showed pure class and character. I'm really happy for him. He was very front-footed. That was a really good game."

  8. 'We're still here'

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to Sky Sports:

    “The plan was to keep going and do the same stuff again. When we could play like we wanted to play, they couldn’t deal with us.

    “Sheffield United have lost a lot but all by the smallest margin. It’s clear these games stay exciting until the very end. We could have scored three in the first half. What we created was very good. The finishing was good enough for today, but we can improve.

    “It’s normal that we’re criticized, people have written us off. That's fine.

    [On Curtis Jones]: “He is a top player, that’s why he’s playing. He has to be involved more in goalscoring situations, like everywhere there is space for improvement.”

    [On Roberto Firmino’s strike being ruled an own goal]: “He had a goal, who cares? For him it counts, if it’s not in the stats, I don’t care.

    “This was about us showing we’re still there. We play Chelsea on Thursday, we have to show it again. We have to win football games, we know that. There’s no way into the Champions League without results. Tonight we got it, we keep going.”

  9. Post update

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool


    Jurgen Klopp to Sky: "Plenty of people have written us off. That's fine. With all the problems we have had we're still around the exciting places."

    More to come from the Liverpool boss.

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    Lukas: From a Liverpool fan, Sheffield may statistically look like the worst team in history but they are far from that... I think everyone is forgetting Derby's season (sorry derby fans!)

  11. 'It's a disappointed dressing room'

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Sheffield United

    Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale, speaking to Sky Sports: "We gave everything tonight. For the first half and most of the second half we gave a good account of ourselves.

    "They are world-class players and can do that to any team. It's definitely a disappointing dressing room because we could possibly have got something out of that,

    "There's been a few times this season I could possibly have done better. It's nice to make a few saves tonight but that is my job. Some of the criticism I have received has been justified. Some hasn't."

  12. Post update

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    When do you start saying it's all over for Sheffield United?

    Fifteen points from safety. Twelve games to go.

    It's getting desperate.

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    Dave: Sheff Utd will have to wait another week before they go past the all-time PL low points tally for a season....

    @soccerLjungg: So that brief hopeful blip is over for the Blades who go back to being easily the worst team in the Prem

  14. 'This is for Ally's dad'

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    Liverpool goalscorer Curtis Jones, speaking to Sky Sports:

    "It’s been a difficult time for me and the rest of the team.

    "This goal is for Ally’s dad. If he sees this, this is for you bro.

    "He’s a strong lad and a big part of the team. We miss him for sure. I’m dedicating my goal to him and his dad, and his family.

    "It was a good team performance. I’m happy that we get the points and we can go again.

    "Today was a good example of putting it all together. I am happy I score and I’m happy for the rest of the team."

  15. Post update

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Curtis Jones is being interviewed by Sky Sports. His first words are to play tribute to Alisson's dad who has passed away suddenly.

  16. Post update

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool remain sixth in the table, two points off a top-four spot.

  17. Post update

    FT: Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Michael Dawson

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Adrian will be thinking about that clean sheet - that's a real positive, just finish the game off. The game is over but just don't give Sheffield United an opportunity to come back into the game - to get that clean sheet is really positive.


    Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    Roberto Firmino

    Job done for Liverpool. Sheffield United are all but gone.

  19. Post update

    Sheff Utd 0-2 Liverpool

    It's Chelsea next for Liverpool on Thursday at Anfield.

    Jurgen Klopp versus Thomas Tuchel.

    The battle of the former Borussia Dortmund bosses.

    Klopp will be going into that one with a smile on his face.