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big win Curtis Jones with a message for grieving Alisson Becker as Liverpool win at Sheffield United


Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates their second goal (Lee Smith/PA)

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates their second goal (Lee Smith/PA)

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino celebrates their second goal (Lee Smith/PA)

It was a night when yet more obstacles were thrown in the path of Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp, but they found an answer with a morale boosting 2-0 win at Sheffield United.

With keeper Alisson Becker unavailable following the death of his father in a tragic accident and Irish youngster Caoimhín Kelleher injured, third choice keeper Adrian played and fifth and sixth choice centre-backs Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips started for Klopp's side.

Despite their problems, Liverpool still managed to end a four-game Premier League losing streak, with man-of-the match Curtis Jones dedicating his goal to bereaved team-mate Becker.

"I think it's been a difficult time for myself and the rest of the team but I'm happy that I got on the scoresheet and I'd like to take this time to say that this goal is for Ali's dad, actually. May he rest in peace and if Ali sees this, this is for you, bro," said Jones.

"He's a strong lad. He's a big part of the team, of course. He's not here today but we miss him for sure and I'd like to take this time and dedicate my goal to him and his dad and the rest of his family.

Jones' classy finish arrived three minutes into the second half after a first period during which Blades goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale had produced five impressive saves to frustrate the Reds.

Kean Bryan's own goal then sealed the win, with Jones hopeful the result can re-ignite Liverpool's push for a top four finish in the Premier League.

"All in all it was a good team performance and I'm happy that we came away with the three points. We go again," Jones added.

"We've had good games but we haven't scored as many goals as we would like. But today it was a good example of us putting it all together. It was a good performance, I'm happy that I've scored and I'm happy for Bobby and the rest of the team."

Klopp insisted he never doubted Liverpool's unity after the win at Sheffield United and when we was asked whether Jones' words summed up his squad's unity, Liverpool manager Klopp said: "I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team.

"The world is like this. We win a game and we show togetherness, everybody speaks.

"We don't win a game and (people say) we are not together. It's not as easy as that.

"It was another special week, it's a very nice touch from Curtis, of course, but it is clear we try our everything not only for Ali."

Liverpool had lost successive games to Brighton, Manchester City, Leicester and Everton to drop out of the Champions League places.

But the victory, which was confirmed by Kean Bryan's own goal – Liverpool's 7,000th goal in their top-flight history – moved them to within two points of fourth-placed West Ham.

"It's very big," said Klopp, who revealed Diogo Jota had missed out after being taken ill overnight at the team hotel.

"We needed the points obviously to get in kind of contact with the teams above us, so it was very important.

"The two goals were from scrappy situations and the whole Sheffield team thought the ball was out (of play) for the first one.

"But I think the first goal shows the difference especially from the other games, because we missed chances after playing some super football.

"We know there are times when we score in these situations, but we stayed on track to get the first goal."

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