Liverpool came from behind to beat Swansea City at the Liberty Staidum in a game which sees the Reds grab their fifth win in seven games.
Jürgen Klopp’s free-scoring Liverpool side looked to bolster their top 4 hopes against a struggling Swansea City side of recent, with manager Francesco Guidolin already in the hot seat. Rumors that suggest he could be shown the door should today end badly for the Swans. Seeing as it did, the Italian will nervous about his future.
The first chance of the match fell to Swansea in the sixth minute, a beautifully whipped cross from Routledge came to Borja’s head, who really should have done better, having placed his shot over the bar.
The momentum continued with the Swans, and a corner won in the eight minute resulted in the first goal. Borja out-jumped Clyne at the far post, whose header was allowed to creep back into the center to Fer, who just cannot seem to stop scoring for the side in white.
Things went from bad to worse for the Reds, with Adam Lallana going off with an injury after what only seemed like a knock when going into a challenge.
The Swans looked to capitalise soon after. A long ball into the box from Sigurdsson nearly resulted in a second, with Cork getting his foot to it but producing a tame effort for Karius to save easily. Three minutes later, Daniel Sturridge was finally introduced into the match to replace Lallana, which allowed Coutinho to drop into midfield and Firmino out on the left wing.
A disarrayed Liverpool side continued to give Swansea chances and after Jordan Henderson received a booking for a late challenge, another ball into the box found Borja’s head, who again, should have done much better.
Thirty minutes gone, and Liverpool were still unable to produce a single effort on target, the most promising move resulting in Mané unsuccessfully attempting to pick his way through four or five Swansea players in the box.
Sturridge was next into the book, a yellow card issued from Michael Oliver for simulation in the Swansea penalty area. However, it was noticeable that Liverpool were starting to grab a foothold into the game, starting to continuously win the ball back in midfield and create chances, with Mané’s effort in the thirty ninth minute excellently blocked by Amat.
That about did it for the first half. Liverpool was looking like the side to score the next goal but was interrupted by the half time whistle, and both teams walked down the tunnel as the score read Swansea 1-0 Liverpool. One statistic caught the attention of many, though: This is the first time this season in which Liverpool have failed to register a single attempt on target in the first half.
The second half started brightly for the Reds. Lovely link up play between Mané and Sturridge resulted in the ball finding its way across the the goal after Fabianski had attempted to save but Firmino was late to the chase, and the ball was cleared away.
Liverpool finally found an equaliser in the fifty fourth minute. A Henderson cross into the box after a deflected Coutinho free kick found Firmino’s head, and the Brazilian made no mistake. Digging the ball into the ground before finding the side of the net, a brilliant finish.
More chances by the Reds were forged soon after. Mané and Clyne both being released down the wing in two instances, but unable to find a recipient in red. Coutinho then had a curling effort come ever so close to the target after a layoff from Wijnaldum, and it suddenly seemed that the Reds would soon go on and find a lead.
…and the Reds should have found the lead in the sixty ninth minute, with Milner winning a challenge, and the ball, inside Swansea’s own third, finding himself in acres of space closing in on the Swansea goal. However, the Englishman decided to pass across goal to Mané, who couldn’t control the pace of the ball, and the chance was wasted.
Swansea almost grabbed a second out of another corner. Karius came out to punch but painfully misjudged the ball, getting no contact whatsoever, leaving the ball inches away from Cork’s head to send into the open net. In a blink of an eye, the momentum then found itself with the home side.
However, it was Liverpool that went ahead. After a poor clearance from the Swansea defender found Firmino in on goal, there was no decision other than to bring the Brazilian down. A blatant penalty. Of course, Milner was not to crack under pressure, and kept a cool head slotting the ball down the middle of the goal in the eighty fourth minute.
Swansea could have, and should have, scored in the final minute. Another teasing cross into the area fell to Van der Hoorn with only the goal to aim for, yet he somehow scuffed his effort wide.
Fair to say Liverpool were lucky on the day, but the final whistle resulted in a 2-1 come-from-behind victory for the Reds, which, having not put in the best performance by any means, can only mean good things for the future. The win sees Klopp’s side at second in the league table.