Diogo Jota’s second-half header clashed against Sheffield United at Anfield on Saturday to win 2–1 for Liverpool but the Premier League champions were made to dig deep for points.
Liverpool were seeking their first win in three league matches and in a frantic start to the encounter they trailed in the 13th minute when Sander Burge netted from the penalty spot.
Sheffield United, looking for their first win of the season, could have doubled their lead, but Roberto Fermino leveled with a tap-in in the 41st minute.
Jorah then threw a header in the 64th minute, shortly after which Mohammad Salah had a VAR goal.
It was unrelated but Liverpool scored an unbeaten 62-run knock at Anfield in the Premier League and reached the joint top with Everton with 13 points, although their Merseyside rivals play against Southampton on Sunday.
Sheffield United outnumber Liverpool in spells throughout the game but are ranked second from bottom with one point in their opening six matches.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson said, “I’m only interested in the mentality in our changing room and I look for hunger, flexibility, digging up character and winning.” “We showed that we can dig up and see the results.”
United keeper Aaron Ramsdell fell roughly to Liverpool’s goal during the opening action, after which no one got possession of the ground, but Sadio Mane’s shot was hacked by John Egan. Ramsdale had to back-pedal to tip an audacious free kick from near the half-line of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
It was the spectator lead, however, when Fabinho made contact with Olly McBurney on the edge of the penalty area and was awarded a free kick by referee Mike Dean.
Nevertheless the VAR examined the decision and ruled that the settlement was within the territory, although it was inconclusive.
Burge calmly sent Alisson the wrong way.
Sheffield United gave up when Ben Osborne met a cross with a powerful volley, but Allison saved him.
Liverpool struggled to handle control, but found the level shortly before the break when Mane’s close-range header saved a backlash from Ramsedal, but the ball fell off to sidefoot into an empty net for Fermino. Has gone.
Things did not get easier for a laborious Liverpool after the break and the visitors had a good chance when Burge led a ball to George Baldock, who fired wide.
Salah thought he had put Liverpool on an hour earlier with a stunning dinked finish after a one-hour hiatus, but VAR ruled Egypt’s margins.
But any sense of injustice was quickly erased as Rota completed her leap to complete the previous Ramsdale.
Yet Sheffield United threatened and substitute David McGoldrick scored a half-volley over with his first touch.
Sala was denied the woodwork at the other end after reaching the final end, relieving Kaushal and Liverpool at the other end.
(Reporting by Martine Harman; Editing by Toby Davis)
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