Liverpool moves within two points of a Champions League place as they ended a run of four successive Premier League defeats and scored their 7,000th top-flight goal during a victory at Sheffield United.
Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale made a series of fine saves in the first half to frustrate Liverpool, whose recent lack of cutting edge in front of goal seemed set to continue.
Curtis Jones, 20, demonstrated the clinical touch that his teammates missed shortly after the break to break the hosts’ resolve.
When Roberto Firmino’s effort deflected off Kean Bryan and over a stranded Ramsdale, Liverpool’s lead was doubled. It was the club’s 7,000th goal in England’s top flight.
The Reds are just the second team in the Premier League to cross the landmark, after Merseyside rivals Everton, who have 7,108 goals.
The victory keeps Jurgen Klopp’s side sixth in the table and they are now two points behind West Ham in fourth.
Throughout the match Sheffield United was competitive and Oliver McBurnie may have done better when he headed wide while unmarked from Oliver Norwood’s cross.
But the bottom-placed Blades will now have to produce an unprecedented recovery if they are to remain in the Premier League this season.
Sheffield United – Liverpool 0-2
Goals: Jones (48), Bryan (64 og).
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