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Preview – Liverpool vs Sheffield United

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Premier League leaders Liverpool start the 2020s decade with a home game against Sheffield United this evening.

Liverpool

Liverpool will be looking to make a victorious start of the New Year when they host Sheffield United in the 21st Premier League round.

The Merseyside Reds enjoyed a fantastic 2019, winning the Champions League back in May and collecting 55 points out of 57 available in the first half of the current season.

They will miss each one of Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the first game of 2020 this evening.

Sheffield United

Newcomers Sheffield United are definitely enjoying their return to top-flight English football, as they entered into 2020 from the eighth place on the league table.

The Blades, however, ended the previous decade with a defeat, losing 2-0 to reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

They will assess in-form midfielder John Lundstram, who sat out the clash with the Citizens and is Chris Wilder’s only injury doubt ahead of the trip to Anfield.

Stats

Liverpool are enjoying a 50-match unbeaten league run at Anfield (W40, D10), winning the last 17.

Sheffield United have won one of their last 13 league and cup away games against Liverpool (D1, L11).

The Reds have won all 11 of their home league games against newly-promoted sides under Jurgen Klopp, scoring 33 goals and conceding just four.

Victory would ensure Sheffield United become only the fourth newly-promoted side to win a Premier League away game against a team starting the day top of the table.