Sheffield United v Liverpool player ratings: Blades 'accept' relegation; frustrating night for Mohamed Salah

Reds back on track as they chase a Champions League place

Jurgen Klopp said he never doubted Liverpool's unity after a 2-0 win at Sheffield United ended a four-game Premier League losing streak and Curtis Jones dedicated his goal to bereaved team-mate Alisson Becker.

Alisson missed the game following the death of his father Jose in Brazil, and midfielder Jones dedicated his opener to the goalkeeper and his dad during a post-match interview.

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.

"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.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder was in resigned mood after his side's 21st league defeat of the season, with relegation now almost inevitable.

The Blades are 15 points from safety with 12 games to play.

Wilder said: "Take a step back to move forward, know where you want to be. Stick together, work hard and go again.

"I think that's being realistic in the position we are. I can't dress it up any other way... the points, the games we have got left and the form that we're in."

Player ratings from the match can be seen in the picture gallery above. To view the next image, click on the arrows or swipe if on a mobile device.

Published: March 1, 2021 07:59 AM

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