What Chris Wilder made of the goals Sheffield United conceded in defeat to Liverpool

Chris Wilder bemoaned another “poor goal” in the conceded column as Sheffield United suffered the latest defeat of a miserable Premier League season tonight.

Sunday, 28th February 2021, 9:54 pm

United lost 2-0 at home to the reigning champions Liverpool for their 21st loss of the campaign, leaving them 15 points adrift of safety with only 12 games remaining.

The game was goalless at half-time, with Aaron Ramsdale making five superb first-half saves to keep United in the game, before second-half strikes from Curtis Jones and a Kean Bryan own goal sealed victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

“You’ve got to be at your best to beat Liverpool,” Wilder said afterwards.

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“They’re still one of the top sides in England and one of the top sides in Europe and you have to be at your best, have your best players available and be on top of your form.

“Unfortunately we’re not. Aaron’s kept us in the game first half but if a team in and around us, or just above us, is to get a result against Liverpool, your ‘keeper has got to play well.

“It’s another goal that goes in the catalogue of poor goals conceded this season, there’s a mistimed tackle in the build up to the first goal and we had enough bodies around the ball for the second to cut it out.

Sheffield United's Oli McBurnie reacts after the final whistle after defeat to Liverpool: Oli Scarff/PA Wire.

“Then it becomes a long last 20 to 25 minutes.”

United had chances of their own, with an Ozan Kabak own goal ruled out for offside and Oli McBurnie failing to hit the target after getting his head on an excellent Ollie Norwood cross.