LIVERPOOL 1-0 SWANSEA

LIVERPOOL WINS! KLOPP WINS! A single goal was able to help Liverpool take all three points from our fixture against Swansea and rise up to 6th place in the Premier League table.

As Liverpool keep going forwards through their long list of fixtures which include League cup, FA Cup, Premier League and UEFA Europa League games they are determined to keep a respectable list of results and seem to be achieving that under their new manager, generally.

The latest game we played saw us go up against one of the Welsh teams that are in the (English) Premier League. Now the club of former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey, Jonjo and the Swans haven’t been doing very badly this season and even managed a victory over Manchester United in their first game of the season.

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The manager has been given a boost to the squad recently as on the substitute bench was recently recovered from injury players, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge. Both would make an appearance in the 2nd half to great rounds of applause from Reds fans at Anfield who had clearly missed them. Coutinho would not be recovered from his injury and back in the squad as predicted may possibly happen, though he is likely to make an appearance for our League Cup game on December 2nd.

Sturridge and Henderson both played in the second half against Swansea

Sturridge and Henderson both have recovered from injury, playing in the second half against Swansea

As we head into winter in England, the weather has been declining from what we saw earlier in the year, but Liverpool could play this game without too much trouble from the skies in Anfield.

The first half saw both sides attempt their own attacks on several occasions but were unsuccessful in actually putting the ball in the net in the first half. Adam Lallana, Jordan Ibe and Alberto Moreno all tried their luck but were either blocked, saved or shot just wide of the goal and at half time the score was still 0-0.

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The second half was more lively and perhaps the manager had provided enough praise in his half time team talk to motivate our squad to go our there and win this fixture. We looked like we wanted victory, but it wasn’t going to be easy. Swansea were tight in their defence and we’d have to fight our way past their defenders to get to the goal for shooting every time we made an attack.

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Just after the break, Jordan Ibe was making more strong runs and taking on our opponent’s defenders, with no fear. That’s what I like to see, just confidence in our attacks and not being afraid of being challenged or tackled by the other team’s defence. If you’re fast enough and strong enough, they won’t be able to take the ball from you before you make your shot on goal. So never be afraid of making offensive plays. Ibe is a good example of this.

Alberto Moreno was still doing well on the left hand side of the pitch, also. A cross from Moreno would find the head of Dejan Lovren who had made his way to a dangerous position in Swansea’s penalty area but his header would go over the crossbar unfortunately. When you’re a defender, you’re less likely to end up in those offensive positions as midfielders or strikers, so you have to make these kind of opportunities count. Better luck next time, Lovren.

Less than ten minutes later, Jordan Ibe was making another of his dangerous runs on the right wing. He’d attempt to cross the ball in for his teammates waiting in the penalty area, but a Swansea defender got in the way… with his hand. The referee judged the situation and ruled that Liverpool should be awarded a penalty kick for the foul committed by Neil Taylor. This is football, not handball! No touching that ball with your hands, Swansea.

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Anyway, just as has had happened in the Europa League fixture against Bordeaux, our first goal of the game would come from a James Milner penalty kick. Milner Stepped up calmly, put the ball down the middle of the goal and the goalkeeper (Fabianski) had already been diving to his right hand side, so the ball went into the net and the score was made Liverpool 1-0 Swansea.

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Liverpool were not the victors just yet. It was still only the 63rd minute and there would be a tense feeling for Reds fans for the remainder of the match as we were a little anxious of now conceding a late goal and maybe drawing 1-1 with Swansea. We had taken the lead, but we’ve seen our goalkeeper make some costly mistakes that allowed our opponents to take a goal for themselves this season.

Thankfully, Simon Mignolet would not concede before the end of the game and even with 5 minutes extra time added on for Swansea to score in, Liverpool would remain solid in their defence and not allow any goals to be scored against them.

The penalty from James Milner would prove to be all we needed for our victory by then end of the game. We’d hold on for the last half hour and made sure that we would make our new manager happy. Did anyone notice what Klopp does for penalties? He did it at least once in the Bordeaux game and also for this game against Swansea. He doesn’t watch the penalty being taken. He turns around and faces the crowd, just waiting for the fans to cheer (or not cheer if the penalty is missed). He has turned around to watch the Liverpool fans cheer a scored penalty twice recently so he probably thinks even from that, it’s a nice way to judge if you’ve scored or not. If he needs to analyse the penalty later on, he can always get a video of it. I like this about our manager. He’s rather unique, isn’t he?

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Klopp turns away from watching penalties being taken to face the crowd.

Oh, I am awarding “Man Of The Match” to James Milner. His contribution recently has been valuable and even as “acting” captain while Jordan Henderson was injured, he’s led our team well and even scored some goals. I’m impressed with his penalty taking abilities, he stays calm in a high pressure situation and helps his team achieve victory. That’s great, James. Thanks! The fans grow to love you more with everything you do for us.

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Liverpool will now continue into the month of December with a League Cup fixture soon to be played. Southampton, at their own ground. We’ll need to win this one if we want to continue playing in the knockout competition, of course.

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Until then, keep walking on with hope in your heart. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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