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Sheffield Utd 0-2 Liverpool Player Ratings: Jones and Firmino grind out win

Jones and Firmino struck in the second half to ease some pressure on Jurgen Klopp's side following a poor league run

 
10:04pm on Sunday 28th February 2021
By
Paul Macdonald

Liverpool were made to work hard but they were able to secure a secure a 2-0 win away to a Sheffield United side that now seem destined for relegation.

Curtis Jones swept home from the edge of the area three minutes into the second half, before Roberto Firmino's massively deflected effort - which may well be taken off him by the dubious goals committee - sealed the win.

Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ CURTIS JONES: 7.7

Jones has made himself a clear contender to start in every game Liverpool play, and here he once again showed why.

With Liverpool's forwards struggling to get goals regularly, the need on the midfield to step up and score is greater than ever, and Jones provided it.

He positioned himself on the edge of the area to arrive and sweep into the corner and take the pressure off his team, having missed chances in the first half.

He hit four shots on total, hitting the target with three of them and he has clearly been told by his manager to get into attacking positions. It's likely that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are now well below the local lad in the pecking order.

⭐ TRENT-ALEXANDER ARNOLD: 8.2

It's been a fairly patchy season so far for Trent but this is the type of performance which Liverpool will need to see more of if they are to turn around their fortunes.

He didn't provide a goal or an assist here but as usual he was among Liverpool's biggest attacking threats, stinging the gloves of the goalkeeper in the first half and playing a big part in Jones' goal, swinging in the cross which found its way to the midfielder.

He made the most touches of any player on the pitch (115) and given how deep Sheffield United's nervousness to venture forward, he played as an additional playmaker for most of the match. That's where Liverpool need him to be.

Sheffield United 0-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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