Sheffield United keeper howler gives Liverpool seventh straight win

Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the opening goal during the PL match at Bramall Lane. [AFP Photo]

moved eight points clear at the top of the table, but were made to work hard for a 16th straight win as 's fortunate strike handed the visitors a 1-0 victory at on Saturday. The European champions looked short on invention against the well-organised Blades until Wijnaldum's shot from the edge of the box 20 minutes from time trickled between the legs of United goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

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.

'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.

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