Liverpool midfielder believes Sheffield United win gives Reds much-needed confidence before facing Chelsea later this week

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Liverpool star Gini Wijnaldum is hopeful his side’s victory at Sheffield United could be the start of a winning streak for The Reds.

A goal from Curtis Jones and a deflected effort by Bobby Firmino gave Liverpool all three points at Bramall Lane on Sunday night.

The Reds controlled much of the game from start to finish and the clean sheet may work wonders for the confidence of the young centre-back pairing of Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak. Adrián, in goal to replace Alisson Becker who was out on compassionate leave, also performed well for Liverpool when called upon.

Speaking to after the game, Wijnaldum spoke about The Reds’ persistence after some excellent saves from The Blades’ Aaron Ramsdale made it look like Liverpool were never going to score:

“In the situation we are in right now you just hope that every chance you create is a goal but, unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that in football, so we knew that if we create chances you can miss. You are disappointed when the first and the second chances don’t go in, but on the other side, you have to stay focused and deal with the situation in the game because anything can happen. You can’t stay in the moment where you are disappointed because you didn’t score the chances you had.”

Wijnaldum spoke about the clean sheet, how it will help the team, and the need to put together a run of wins if they are to challenge for a Champions League spot:

“That’s also a good feeling for those guys and for the team. It gives us confidence because the last few games we’ve conceded a lot of goals so that will help us as we look towards Chelsea next. Hopefully we can get a winning streak.

“That’s what we have to do [put together a winning streak] if we want to finish in the top four. We have to put a run together and just hope the teams above us slip. We can only control our own performances so we have to look at it game by game, give everything and try to win the games.”

Liverpool have three home games in a row coming up – Chelsea, Fulham, and RB Leipzig in the Champions League. They have lost their last four games at Anfield so will need to bring an end to that disastrous run of form before it’s too late to salvage anything from this campaign.

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