The champions’ title defence is all but over as injuries and a loss of form have wrecked their campaign, with Jurgen Klopp’s side now 19 points behind leaders Manchester City with 13 games remaining.
Last weekend’s Merseyside derby defeat at Anfield left Liverpool sixth in the table, and Champions League qualification is now surely the key aim for the Reds as they sit five points off fourth-placed West Ham.
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United have won just three games this season as they sit rock bottom, and with 14 points separating them from safety, the Blades look near-certainties for relegation – but an win here could turn things around.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Sheffield United vs Liverpool is scheduled for a 7:15pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, February 28, 2021.
The match will be held behind closed doors at Bramall Lane due to coronavirus restrictions.
How to watch Sheffield United vs Liverpool
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the SkyGo app.
Sheffield United vs Liverpool team news
Jayden Bogle has joined the Blades’ lengthy injury list. Bogle (shin) was injured by a tackle from Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola last weekend and is one of six defenders now unavailable.
Chris Basham (hamstring) is also out having been injured at Craven Cottage, while Jack Robinson (foot), Jack Rodwell, John Egan (toe) and Lys Mousset are still out. Jack O’Connell (knee) and Sander Berge (hamstring) remain long-term absentees.
Sheffield Utd provisional squad: Ramsdale, Foderingham, Baldock, Stevens, Lowe, Jagielka, Bryan, Ampadu, Lundstram, Norwood, Osborn, Sharp, Burke, McBurnie, McGoldrick, Brewster.
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota could be in contention having returned to training this week after three months out with a knee injury. Midfielders Fabinho and James Milner are due to rejoin the squad on Saturday but the game may come too soon for both, while captain Jordan Henderson is out for a month after a groin operation.
Klopp will make a late decision on Alisson Becker after the death of the Brazilian goalkeeper’s father.
Liverpool provisional squad: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Thiago, Salah, Firmino, Mane, Kelleher, Adrian, N Williams, R Williams, Davies, Tsimikas, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Origi.
Sheffield United vs Liverpool prediction: 3-1 away win
The champions have had an awfdul time of it in the League of late, but a trip to Bramall Lane should offer some comfort – and it could be exactly the right game for Klopp’s misfiring front line to kickstart their season.
Sheffield United vs Liverpool head to head (h2h) results
Last meeting: Liverpool 2-1 Sheff Utd (24/10/2020)
Sheffield United vs Liverpool betting tips and odds
Sheffield United win: 8/1