Who: Liverpool vs Sheffield United
When: Saturday, October 24th @ 3:00pm ET
Line: Liverpool -435 | Draw +540 | Sheffield United +1150
It hasn’t even been a week, but if feels like an eternity.
Liverpool gutted out a midweek Champions League win against Ajax. It was their first game after Everton cheap shots on multiple players, including an inexplicable challenge leading to Virgil van Dijk being lost for the season.
The entire Premier League title race shifted when Jordan Pickford attacked VVD’s knees. Was the Reds performance against Ajax a model of how they’ll move forward without van Dijk? Or will they employ a more attack-minded focus domestically?
Liverpool vs Sheffield United matchday 6 preview
After making a Europa League run in 2019-20, Sheffield United are off to a disappointing start to the season.
The Blades sit in the relegation zone with just 1 point.
But things may not be as bad as they seem.
Sheffield have been the unluckiest team in England this season. They’re a full 5 points below their xPTs. They simply aren’t finishing their shots.
The Blades acquired talented Liverpool product Rhian Brewster to help solve that issue. Brewster may be tabbed for a start against his old club. He’ll surely be determined to show Klopp & co. that he should not have been sold.
How Klopp would tactically approach the rest of the season after VVD’s injury has been the big question. Grace Robertson does a job examining it all here. For now, it looks like the answer is: plug Fabinho in at center-back and grind it out the same as we’ve been doing.
Klopp has shown an ability and willingness though to change formations during a game if his team needs a jolt. While staying with a 4-3-3 with Fabinho at center-back, Jordan Henderson in holding, and likely Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago as midfield workhorses is the most likely scenario, going 4-2-3-1 with Mo Salah atop the spear or a 3-4-3 is possible too.
Even with the fitness issues, Klopp has line-up flexibility and depth. He’ll figure it out.
Liverpool are going to hunker in and grind for now. Expect a workmanlike 2-0 win.