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After losing the Merseyside derby at Anfield for the first time since September 1999, as well as four straight league home games for the first time since 1923, it is safe to say that Jurgen Klopp will be extremely frustrated.
To make matters worse, his captain Jordan Henderson went limping off in pain at the weekend and that has left them in somewhat of an injury crisis.
However, perhaps the one game the defending champions wouldn’t mind having at the moment is Sheffield Utd. Chris Wilder’s men still prop up the table on 11 points from their 25 matches and after what looked like a glimmer of hope of maintaining top-flight status when beating Man Utd and West Brom sandwiching a 1-0 defeat to the current relentless Man City side less than a month ago, they’ve been brought back down to reality since.
Indeed, defeats to in-form sides Chelsea, West Ham and Fulham have all but secured their fate in the Championship for next season, and the FA Cup looks their only focus from here on in.
Liverpool To Win And Both Teams To Score
The Reds will be waiting on the fitness of Fabinho, James Milner and Henderson, while defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain a certainty for the sidelines.
Even with the return of Fabinho to the defence, they still lack any consistency at the back having already tried as many as 18 different centre back pairings, conceding in 16 of 21 matches since that injury to the Dutch defender.
Indeed, they may have gone just W3-D5-L2 on the road over that period too, conceding in in all but two of those 10 trips, but it is worth noting, two of their three wins did come in the three most recent of them against both Spurs and West Ham by three goals to one in each.
If the Blades are to get anything from this match you feel it’s going to come at Bramall Lane. 64% of their points have come here, as did both their last two FA Cup victories over lower league opposition Plymouth Argyle and Bristol City.
However, we’re struggling to see them getting a result from this encounter and the best chance they have of celebrating will probably be getting on the scoreboard.
They’ve netted in eight of their nine games across all competitions here dating back to the start of December, including fixtures with Leicester, Man Utd, Spurs and Chelsea.
Mo Salah To Score First
Mo Salah has now scored the first of the game in all his last three trips across all competitions, coming against Leipzig, Leicester and West Ham.
There’s little evidence to suggest he won’t repeat that against the worst team in the league, with him currently two clear in the race for the golden boot, and at a tasty price looks the value option to draw first blood.