'Didn't deserve to lose', 'Had no impact' - Sheffield United player ratings from defeat to Liverpool
Sheffield United suffered their latest defeat of the Premier League season tonight when they lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool.
Curtis Jones put the Reds ahead in the second half, before a Kean Bryan own goal sealed a comfortable victory for the reigning Premier League champions as the Blades remained on 11 points and bottom of the table.
Here’s how we rated United’s players on another night to forget at the Lane.
Aaron Ramsdale 9
Was alert early on to race out of his goal and cut out the danger as Robertson latched onto a basic long ball which caught out his defence. Made a string of superb stops in the first half, with one to deny Firmino the pick of the bunch, and had no chance with either of Liverpool s goals. Didn't deserve to be on the losing side.
George Baldock 6
Was indebted to his goalkeeper for making a smart save after being caught under the ball as Jones got on the end of Alexander-Arnold's cross from the other flank. Gave United another injury scare when he went down, but completed the 90 minutes.
Ethan Ampadu 5
Once again wasn't strong enough in the aerial battle and United almost paid the price again when ball fell to Firmino, but Ramsdale saved excellently. Later took a whack to the head from Thiago and put his foot into a couple of tackles when needed.
Phil Jagielka 6
Coped well enough considering he is 38 and up against such a formidable front three. Even had a foray forward down the left wing after using his experience to intercept a pass. Later made way for Osborn as United changed shape and looked to get back in the game
Kean Bryan 6.5
Looked to bring the ball out of defence and a good drilled ball found McBurnie in space. Another decent display from a man who is playing for his United future. Was unfortunate to see Firmino's shot deflect off him and loop over Ramsdale. Could be a useful option in the Championship?
Enda Stevens 5
Seemed off the pace and lacking any of the confidence that made him such a formidable player last season, when arguably there were fewer left-backs better than him in the division. Maybe still not up to speed after his injury?
Ollie Norwood 7
Good early free-kick saw McGoldrick test Adrian's handling, and showed the other side of his game by throwing his body in the way of Alexander-Arnold's shot to protect Ramsdale. Peach of a cross picked out McBurnie and he really should have scored
John Lundstram 5
Couldn't make an impact on the game, especially in the second half. Moment near the end, when he tried to pass the ball backwards but missed it completely, rather summed up his evening. Is it time to look at players who will still be here next season?
John Fleck 6
Was Jones his man as the cross came in and he fired home? He certainly looked the closest to the Liverpool man, but he did have acres of space to find the back of the net. Did well to race back and cut out Alexander-Arnold's clipped pass which would have sent a teammate through on goal
David McGoldrick 6
Skippering the Blades in the absence of Sharp and Egan, had a good early chance when he met Norwood's free-kick but Adrian saved. Forced another save from the Liverpool 'keeper soon after
Oli McBurnie 5
Won everything in the air early on after appearing to target Kabak, and set up a chance for McGoldrick with a good lay-off from Bryan's excellent pass. Had a superb chance when Norwood's excellent cross picked him out, but he headed wide - he really had to at least hit the target and test Adrian
Subs: Ben Osborn 5
Came on for Phil Jagielka and played on the left of midfield
Oli Burke 5
Replaced David McGoldrick and showed what he can bring with his pace and power as he took on Phillips, even if the end finish went awry. Went clear late in the game but couldn't get the ball under control
Billy Sharp n/a
Came on for John Fleck as United's last roll of the dice, rather than the ex-Liverpool man Brewster