December 26, 1972
Key note: “Christmas doesn’t come any happier than it did at Anfield this year as Liverpool took four more strides towards the title with two holiday wins. The Reds became the only First Division side to take maximum points over the Christmas period. They convincingly beat Coventry 2-0 on Saturday and then went one better with 3-0 win at Bramall Lane yesterday. There was no doubting Liverpool’s worthiness of both victories and with every passing week their hopes of the title become more of a conviction. At Sheffield yesterday they contained United’s early burst of enthusiastic attacking, then punished a defensive slip to take the lead and turned on the style in the second half to emphasise their superiority. Although it was their biggest away win of the season and took their goals haunt against United to eight, Liverpool were not, however, in their best away form.” (Liverpool Echo: December 27, 1972)
Match: Football League, First Division, at Bramall Lane, kick-off: 15:00.
Sheffield United – Liverpool 0-3 (0-1).
Referee: Mr. P. Partridge.
Sheffield United: Tom McAlister, Len Badger, Alan Ogden, John Flynn, Eddie Colquhoun (C), Trevor Hockey, Alan Woodward, Geoffrey Salmons, Billy Dearden, Tony Currie, Alan Warboys.
Substitution: Ian Holmes for Flynn after 76 minutes.
Liverpool: Ray Clemence, Chris Lawler, Alec Lindsay, Phil Thompson, Larry Lloyd, Emlyn Hughes (C), Kevin Keegan, Peter Cormack, Steve Heighway, Phil Boersma, Ian Callaghan.
Substitute: Brian Hall (not used).
The goals: 0-1 Boersma (27 min.), 0-2 Lawler (52 min., assist. Cormack), 0-3 Heighway (80 min., assist: Boersma).