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League leader Liverpool seventh straight win



Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring their first goal with Roberto Firmino as Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson and team mates look dejected during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool, at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, Britain, on September 28, 2019. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Liverpool extended their perfect start to the season with a seventh successive Premier League victory, beating Sheffield United 1-0 after home keeper Dean Henderson fumbled Georginio Wijnaldum’s 70th-minute shot at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring their first goal with Roberto Firmino as Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson and team mates look dejected during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool, at Bramall Lane, in Sheffield, Britain, on September 28, 2019. Photo: Action Images via Reuters

Liverpool’s win was their 16th in succession in the league and extends their lead at the top to eight points ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Everton later on Saturday.

But the high-flying visitors often looked lethargic, mis-hitting crosses, slicing shots and squandering possession on a ground where they had not won since 1990.

Before Henderson’s error it even looked like United might snatch a shock win, with Oliver Norwood drawing a fine save from Adrian and Callum Robinson twice going close as the Blades frequently threatened.

But Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was rewarded for his positivity, throwing on Divock Origi to play four up front before the Belgian played a pivotal part in the goal.

His cross was headed out to Wijnaldum on the edge of the area and the midfielder’s shot never looked like going in until Henderson somehow allowed the ball to slip under his body.

Even then, the hosts still threatened, piling men forward until the final whistle in a desperate search for the equaliser. The result put Liverpool on 21 points with United 10th on eight.