Unbeaten Premier League leaders, Liverpool, completed a year without a defeat in the league with a 2- 0 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday night.
The European champions needed a slice of luck to take an early lead, with George Baldock’s slip allowing Andy Robertson to set up Mohamed Salah for a simple close-range finish, four minutes into the game.
Senegalese international, Sadio Mane, finished off at the second attempt, after he was played in by Salah for the home side’s second goal.
The win maintains the Reds’ 13-point advantage at the top of the division, after nearest rivals, Leicester, and Manchester City won on New Year’s Day.
The Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped just two points from a possible 60 this season.
For Sheffield, it was a second successive defeat, but they remain in strong position on the table, following their impressive form in the first half of the campaign, sitting eighth in the table and just two points off Manchester United in fifth.
It was Liverpool’s 18th consecutive league win, and 51st top-flight game in a row at Anfield without defeat.
It showcased a side working to near maximum capacity.
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Despite Klopp labelling as “criminal” a festive fixture schedule that has seen his team play six games in 17 days, the German kept changes to his team minimal.
He, however, was forced to make a late change, bringing in James Milner for Naby Keita, who injured himself in the warm-up.
Milner was superb as one third of a brilliant midfield unit, along with Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Their work-rate, movement and accuracy of passing provided the platform, with Virgil van Dijk alert and efficient on the rare occasions Sheffield were allowed to play in Liverpool half.