LIVERPOOL 2-3 Swansea
Liverpool came back to Anfield on the back of progression to the 4th Round of the FA cup only to be defeated, unfortunately. Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League run at Anfield has ended after 17 matches which had included 11 victories and 6 drawn games.
Jurgen Klopp would significantly change up the squad for Premier League football, with less of those youngsters we saw in the cup competitions in the side now. Nathaniel Clyne is back to full fitness after getting injured in the Southampton game. He started. Joel Matip has recently had confirmation from FIFA that he was eligible to be part of the Liverpool squad without breaking their rules over the country he had previously represented (until he retired in 2015) being a part of the AFCON right now. Matip would be a substitute. Henderson had returned at the Man United game, but continues to fit into our midfield and wear the captain’s armband.
Neither side could take a lead in the first half, though there were chances. Lallana would have a wonderful chance as he launched himself into the air for an overhead kick.
Both teams seemed quite equal which wasn’t good for the home fans. We should have been watching a dominant squad that took charge in their own stadium. It didn’t look that way, from the scoreboard though. We controlled possession but we weren’t getting any goals in the first 45 minutes.
I don’t know what the Swansea manager told his players during the half time break, but they came out confident that they could score before we did. Fernando Llorente was particularly on form as he managed to score two goals in four minutes at the 48th and 52nd minutes. This was shocking. They’d only managed a single shot in the first half and it didn’t end in a goal. Now, they’ve taken a two goal lead.
Firmino would be first to respond with goals of his own in the 55th and 69th minutes. The Brazilian had drawn us level but 5 minutes after his second goal, Sigurdsson would unfortunately score the 5th goal of the game, a match-winning goal.
Liverpool still had 15 to 20 minutes including extra time but it wouldn’t be enough to make sure we could claim a single point. Swansea took all 3 points.
Liverpool have a lot of fixtures in this month so all we can do is look forward and focus on the next games which are coming up. There were some positives. We had some great chances and scored twice. With a little tighter defence so that we’d concede less, we could have used these two goals to win.
Man of The Match
Roberto Firmino was the only one who responded with actual goals after Fernando Llorente had scored twice in 4 minutes early in the 2nd half. He knew we were in trouble and that we had to do something. He certainly worked hard to pull us back level and if it hadn’t been for Sigurdsson scoring later, Firmino would have claimed us a point. Nobody else scored for Liverpool in this game. Sturridge was substituted on eventually. No goals from him. Coutinho didn’t score. Origi had replaced Can in the 2nd half and couldn’t get on the score sheet either. I had really hoped Lallana’s aerobic effort in the first half had gone in but it didn’t end in a goal. We really needed goals in both halves to claim any points from this fixture. Firmino deserves praise for bringing us what was needed.
Liverpool will have a chance to reach the League Cup Final if they can overcome a 1 goal lead which Southampton already have. 1 goal and we’re level. 2 goals without conceding and we could still progress in this competition.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
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 (more than 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