LIVERPOOL 4 – 1 SWANSEA
Liverpool are victorious in front of our home fans again. It feels great! The people who continue to show up at Anfield to show support despite their team not having the greatest of seasons have gotten more of what they deserve… a solid win, with a good amount of goals to watch. Brendan Rodgers’ job may just be saved with this emphatic win. If there was ever a “good time” to sack him, it would be around this time (leading up the new year where the transfer window opens and the manager can buy new players) but the owners would have a hard time finding someone to replace Rodgers by January 1st (when the new manager could start on transfers). Seeing as the last game of the year was such a big win, that may not happen at all now.
Anyway, enough talk about “is the manager fired or not?”… back to the game we just won.
The starting lineup had Simon Mignlolet as the first choice goalkeeper. Rodgers has been forced to “kiss and make up” with the goalkeeper he had only just recently announced publicly as being “dropped indefinitely” but since Brad Jones was injured in the Burnley game, he is forced to put Mignolet back between the posts again. The substitute goalkeeper named for this game was Danny Ward, who has never played a single game for the first team in any major competition, though he has been named in the squad on a few occasions (including when we went to America).
The rest of the lineup had no more surprises. Emre Can is currently being “tested” by the manager to play in a new role as a defender but his choice as a starter in the side isn’t very surprising, all the Reds know he is a good player that deserves to be a part of the starting 11. Lallana and Sterling were the two partners up front again today, they’re working out well as they keep getting more experience playing together. Nobody could have predicted this partnership would be what Liverpool needed – we were all mostly thinking about “Sturridge and Balotelli” since the signing of Super Mario and the departure of Luis Suarez. Gerrard would only be substitute as the midfield veteran was not chosen to start by the manager, possibly to rest him and have him at 100% fitness for the game we have coming up on New Years Day, against Leiciester City.
The first half was not as disappointing as the recent Burnley game. We controlled the ball well, didn’t allow our opposition to constantly attack us and within just over the first half hour of the game, we had managed to score a goal. Jordan Henderson would provide an excellent pass through to Alberto Moreno who was delighted to strike a left footed shot past the Swansea goalkeeper to score his first goal at Anfield. The home fans love you for that, Alberto! I hope it was a memorable experience for you, in front of the Reds at our own stadium. You looked very happy as you celebrated with Jordan Henderson, who assisted you for the goal.
Coutinho and even Martin Skrtel would have a couple more chances to get another goal for us as we kept on attacking more and more until the referee’s whistle blew for half time but the score would remain Liverpool 1 – 0 Swansea at the break.
The second half started with no changes to the lineup as the manager seemed happy enough to continue as we had done in the first 45 minutes. Within five minutes of play, Adam Lallana had managed to increase our lead to two goals now as he scored from outside of the penalty area.
However Swansea did not give up all hope of getting some points from the game as six minutes later, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box found it’s way to the bottom left corner of the net, past Mignolet who could not keep a clean sheet as the score was made Liverpool 2-1 Swansea. Could the visiting side maybe even get an equalizer? Well, “anything can happen” as they say about football.
There would be more attacking as both sides now looked quite dangerous and capable of scoring but around 9 minutes later, Coutinho (who had helped Sterling score the only goal in the game against Burnley) would provide an assist for Adam Lallana who got his second goal of the day and increased the score to Liverpool 3-1 Swansea. I think I was more happy for Coutinho (than Lallana) as he is shaping up to be a valuable teammate that can be trusted by his fellow team members and relied upon to help assist people to score goals.
The game still had half an hour to go after this goal and just 8 minutes later, there would be another goal which came as attacking play from Henderson and Lallana led to former Liverpool player Jonjo Shelvey heading the ball into his own net and it became Liverpool 4 – 1 Swansea. Unfortunately Adam Lallana would not get credited for scoring a third goal to complete a “hat trick” and would be substituted by the manager in the 76th minute but would still have two goals claimed for the day and the love of the Reds fans who enjoyed watching him score twice. He may have even been many people’s choice for “Man of the Match” although I personally would have given it to Coutinho for his valuable contributions in assisting his teammates, his teamwork is a fine example for all other players. Not selfish in any way, Coutinho thinks about others more than himself most of the time and is more likely to pass the ball off than take a shot on his own.
Liverpool would hold their lead until the final whistle and claim victory in front of the home fans. Well done Reds!
Liverpool now have to continue playing within the next few days as we will start the New Year with a Premier League fixture against Leicester.
Until then, have a happy New Year and walk on with hope in your heart. You’ll Never Walk Alone, your Anfield Family is with you.
[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 (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.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet