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Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Reds return to winning ways at Bramall Lane after four-match losing streak as Curtis Jones strike and Kean Bryan own goal move champions a point behind Chelsea

Liverpool secured a comfortable win over Sheffield United on Sunday and Curtis Jones, who opened the scoring, said that his goal was dedicated to their goalkeeper.

After a scoreless first half, the midfielder struck after 48 minutes, with a Joe Bryan own goal after the hour mark securing the win.

The victory means that Liverpool remains sixth in the Premier League, two points behind West Ham for a Champions League spot.

Roberto Firmino had provided the decisive play, exchanging passes with Jones and then Mane before his shot was deflected past Aaron Ramsdale by Kean Bryan.

The goal would be credited to the Sheffield United defender but Klopp did not care.

‘Yeeeesss!’ he bellowed, lifting his arms aloft then shaking his fists. ‘Yeeeesss! Yes, Bobby!’

Critics will scoff and say Liverpool should be beating Sheffield United regardless of situations but there is nothing straight about football, no place for guarantees.

This fixture was loaded with difficulty for the champions, another potential bump in the road.

But Liverpool had to win it.

Those close to it all knew they could not return from Bramall Lane with anything other than three points and that is exactly what they did, professionally grinding out a win that would have been much more decisive had it not been for the home team’s goalkeeper.

Sheffield are bottom and, regrettably, are destined for the Championship but they did not make this easy for Liverpool.

They harried and they fought and they responded to all Chris Wilder’s urgings but, by the end, they had been wrestled into submission. How this was needed.

Now Klopp could relax. A switch had been flicked inside him and he spent the final 25 minutes imploring his players to give him more, including one rollicking for Firmino that led him to look over at the bench with a smile, such were the decibels involved.

By the end of it all, Klopp was sanguine. He will not get carried away by this nor will any of his players. It would be ridiculous to fall into the trap that one win has solved all of Liverpool’s problems and set them up for a grandstand finish.

Attaining a top-four place is still a huge ask but, crucially, it not beyond them. Should Liverpool follow up against Chelsea and Fulham in the next six days, perhaps then they can’t start to think bigger.

For now, though, three points will do. In the situations, that is enough.

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