‘No starry-eyed shirt swaps!’: Sheffield United players BANNED from friendly chat with Liverpool players as boss Chris Wilder promises Premier League leaders a tough ride
- Chris Wilder will stop Sheffield United players swapping shirts with Liverpool
- The Blades have impressed on their Premier League return, sitting 10th
- Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders go to Bramall Lane on a 15 game win streak
- Wilder quipped he may need to play a ‘back 11’ to stop the European champions
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has promised to make Jurgen Klopp’s visit to Bramall Lane as uncomfortable as possible on Saturday – insisting his players do not swap shirts with Liverpool.
The Englishman wants his promoted side to maintain the strength of character that has seen them fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Chelsea, and rise to 10th in the Premier League via wins at Crystal Palace and Everton.
The European Champions are on a rampant 15 game winning run in the top-flight, but Wilder is vying for an upset in his first Premiership season.
Sheffield United players have been warned of facing Liverpool ‘starry-eyed’ on Saturday
European champions Liverpool are on a run of sensational form, with Mo Salah starring
‘I don’t want to look at this game with our players starry eyed,’ Wilder said.
‘Speaking to their players before and “can I swap shirts” and “any chance of signing this?” We’re in this game on a level playing field, in terms of a Premier League fixture.
‘Of course there’s enormous gaps between the both clubs at the moment and we’re trying to make that gap a little bit closer.
Chris Wilder’s side have impressed on their Premier League return, sitting 10th after six games
Sheffield United shocked Chelsea, mounting a spirited comeback from 2-0 down to draw 2-2
SHEFFIELD UNITED’S SEASON SO FAR
The Blades’ Premier League start
Crystal Palace (H)
Goals – 7
Conceded – 6
Points – 8
‘So I think if you ask all our players before the game, they want to get stuck into the opposition and they want to put individual performances on.
‘I don’t want Liverpool just to come into our backyard on Saturday afternoon and go: “Thanks very much that’s as easy a three points as we’ve picked up all season.”‘
Wilder did admit he may need to change tactics, quipping: ‘It might not turn into a back three… it might turn into a back 10, or a back 11.’
Saturday’s 12.30 pm kick-off marks the start of a tough run of games for the Blades, who also face Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United in their next seven games.