The 2:1 victory over the Blades puts the Reds back in second place in the Premier League at this stage.
After the away win at Ajax in the middle of the week, Liverpool scored three points at home last night against Sheffield United.
National media reaction to Liverpool’s 2-1 home win over Sheffield United in the Premier League
The national media and other publications had a lot to report about the game.
VAR again proved to be controversial because of the incident with the penalty kick. Fabinho finally decided to have fouled Oli McBurnie directly at the penalty area boundary, after many considered it a robust but fair challenge.
It was a hard-fought triumph, with goals from Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota putting Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead after an early penalty for the visitors.
Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph: Never before have the boundaries between the bottom three and the title favorites been so blurred. The champions were pushed to the limit by Sheffield United – Jurgen Klopp’s team won thanks to Diogo Jota’s header in the second half – but the howls of relief from players and staff full-time underscored that this was a triumph of bravery.
Here is a summary of the reactions…
VAR has created an inflammatory chaos that delays emotions
Until Roberto Firmino settled a controversial penalty decision, which was sent by Sander Berge after nine minutes, another e-mail exchange with refereeing boss Mike Riley seemed to be on the to-do list.
Liverpool came down from a goal, overcoming their notable absences and ensuring that the controversial referee calls did not top the agenda for a weekend in a row.
If the fans are finally allowed to return to the soccer stadiums, the Premier League might as well announce “video assistant controversy” on the match card.
It was decided that [Fabinho] had fouled the striker inside the penalty area and not at the boundary. The replay was ambiguous on two fronts, suggesting that the Brazilian got the ball anyway. The VAR seemed to consider this a trivial triviality when he ordered Mike Dean to point. Berge accepted the invitation to beat Alisson Becker.
What a rabble-rousing mess they created, every game played in the midst of incessant fear, we can’t be sure what we see. Now our emotions need a delay function.
Andy Hunter for The Guardian: “Despite the interventions that drive Klopp to distraction, his team has extended their unbeaten run in Anfield to a remarkable 62 league games.
Liverpool’s Anfield run continues despite the distraction.
Klopp will be looking to improve his team’s performance, which was fiercely competitive and dogged rather than slick and stylish, but their concentration and resilience was once again flawless.
Jotas winning goal, which came two minutes after Salah’s unallowed volley shot, was the hallmark of a determined team.
The 9,999th goal in the club’s history means that Liverpool will be able to repeat the record of 63 unbeaten games in their domestic league – set between 1978 and 1981 – when West Ham visit next Saturday.