Willian replaces Saka as we see a replay of what happened; it actually looks like he took a knee off Brewster then went down a few second later. Assuming that’s so, and he’s just got a dead leg, I’m sure he’ll be fine for Thursday night.
Eeek! Now Saka goes down, and he’s say on the grass rubbing his knee. There was no one anywhere near him at the time, which is not a good sign, and those he doesn’t look badly hurt, he definitely doesn’t look happy.
Martinelli chases a long ball and doesn’t look in agony but doesn’t look comfy either. He’ll be off as soon as they can get someone ready, I reckon. Martinelli runs at Ampadu, who sees him off well. But as they compete for the ball, the former seems to jar either knee or ankle on the turf, and he goes down for a while. It looks worrying because he’s only just come back from such a nasty injury, but I think he’ll be fine.
In commentary, they’re wondering about the effect playing in front of empty stands has had on various teams. They posit Blades as one who feed off the energy of the crowd and the same is so of Liverpool, I think; no, this isn’t an it means more point, or a judgment on whose fans clap loudest, it’s just that some styles of play are more physically and mentally demanding.
Similarly, Man City play in a clinical, bloodless manner so it’s no surprise they’ve done so well – though having loads of good players to rotate along with a brilliant manager is also helpful.