Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder sang Liverpool’s praises after his side became the latest Premier League outfit beaten by the Reds on Thursday night.
Goals from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane early in each half sealed a comfortable 2-0 win for the hosts at Anfield, as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved 13 points clear of second-place Leicester and 14 ahead of reigning champions Manchester City .
The hunt for a first top-flight title in 30 years is gathering pace on Merseyside, and Wilder says that it is the way that Liverpool go about their business which stands as an example for everyone else to follow.
When interviewed by BT Sport after the game, it was put to Wilder that his side didn’t lay a glove on the Reds.
“We didn’t [lay a glove on them], you got it spot on, I think you must have just heard my chat with them,” Wilder agreed.
“Very unlike us, in parts of the game, I thought we didn’t lay a glove on them. Didn’t do anything that has got us into this position [eighth in the table].
“I thought they were outstanding but they didn’t have to get out of second gear or third gear.
“They did all the things, you talk about academy coaches and all this nonsense about technical and tactical stuff, when we played them at our place, we laid a glove on them and made it difficult for them.
“So, they won every first ball, every second ball, dropped on every second ball, ran forward and ran back and they did that miles better than us.
“So when academy coaches and all this nonsense that comes out about coaching, have a little peek at Liverpool tonight.
“They played in second and third gear but still had the humility and desire to do that as world champions, European champions and obviously, they’re well on the way to being Premier League champions.
“Thankfully we’ve played Liverpool twice.
“I wish Jurgen and Liverpool all the best, I love everything about them, the way they go about, tactical and technical players.
“But the top bit, the physical and mental part of it, is amazing, and if that’s good enough for them it’s certainly good enough for anybody else.”