It may not have ended in the result they would have wanted, but Sheffield United can take a lot of encouragement from their narrow 1-0 defeat to Champions League holders Liverpool.
Chris Wilder’s side were more than a match for the Reds, and looked on course for a famous point before Dean Henderson’s moment to forget cost them dearly.
Coming up against the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the Blades’ back-line had to be at the top of their game. One man who stood out in particular however, was Enda Stevens.
The 29-year-old was immense at the back, winning four duels and making three clearances and interceptions – a performance that led to him getting a 7.2 match rating on Sofascore (the joint-second highest of any Sheffield United player).
After seeing the defender’s display, many Blades fans took to Twitter to hail the Republic of Ireland international.
A whole host of supporters praised Stevens’ work, and one in particular labelled him as an “absolute baller”.
Another fan even revealed he thinks the 29-year-old is the best left-back he has seen in all his time of supporting the club.
Check out some of the reaction of Sheffield United fans below:
Wilder was spot on, another team to come to Bramall Lane and have an off day, funny that, but if we don’t take our chances it doesn’t matter what happens in our box. Van Dijks an animal, Liverpool fans are a myth and Enda Stevens is an absolute baller. On to Watford #sufc #LFC
— George (@jooji_marsh) 28 September 2019
How surreal to be frustrated with dropping points against Liverpool, Blades will be alright. + Enda Stevens, best LB in my time as a Blade so satisfying to watch, pure class
— George Light (@GeorgeWLight) 28 September 2019
Also, Enda Stevens. What a proper player.
— Lauren (@laurenbarrettt) 28 September 2019
Enda stevens is the irish roberto carlos
— Danny (@8djc8) 28 September 2019
How Enda Stevens hasn’t won MOM is a mystery. Got to be in the top 5 left sided defenders in the Premier league. Outstanding performance again.
— Lee Simpson (@LeeSimmo73) 28 September 2019
Enda Stevens, the next player that will go top 6. He’s our stand out player, amazing given where he came from. #twitterblades
— •LH (@HeatonHack) 28 September 2019