Sheffield United player ratings v Liverpool as 7/10s suggest optimism despite defeat - gallery

Chris Wilder homecoming spoiled by 2-0 defeat but reasons for optimism

Chris Wilder couldn't enjoy a fairytale homecoming to Sheffield United as his side lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool tonight, but there was plenty of optimism for the future in their display. Goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Dominik Szoboszlai, with United looking for a foul on both occasions, sealed victory for the Reds.

But the Blades had their chances to go ahead much earlier, with James McAtee and Cameron Archer denied, with a committed display suggesting that they are not dead and buried just yet in the battle for survival ahead of this weekend's home clash with Brentford. Here's how our man rated the Blades' players against the Reds...

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