Swansea 1-0 LIVERPOOL

It was a sad day for Liverpool recently. Our unbeaten streak was brought to an end by Swansea.
We’d been going for so many games unbeaten. Sure, there was plenty of draws people complained about since they’d wanted to win but as long as we weren’t getting defeated, it actually wasn’t so bad to draw. Being “unbeaten” has it’s value and draws are a part of not being beaten.
This result was crazy. Just a fixture before this game, Liverpool were scoring 4 times and defeating Manchester City, the current Premier League leaders (yes, 1ST PLACED!) and all of a sudden we’re being beaten by Swansea, who are currently bottom of the entire Premier League (yes, 20TH PLACED!) and highly likely to be relegated by the end of the season. More than that, we couldn’t even score one time. Crazy and sad.

It’s not like Jurgen Klopp’s tactics can be to blame for this very unwanted and unfortunate result. Klopp’s picked a great lineup that has Virgil Van Dijk at the back. The World’s Most Expensive Defender! Our goalkeeper Loris Karius has also been a solid part of our defensive structure that has helped us to the knockout rounds of the Champions League. You expect clean sheets from those defensive players and goals from attacking players like Mané, Salah, Firmino, or Oxlade-Chamberlain. Even Emre Can was picked as captain and you’d think that would give him a lot of motivation to impress the fans and maybe score while wearing that Captain’s armband. Perhaps he’d get to keep it in the long-term if he did. Or even if he just wants away from Liverpool (Juventus have been scouting him and considering making an offer to Liverpool for signing him), he’d still need to impress his future club. Anyway, there was multiple places that goals could and should have come from in this fixture. It just never happened.

Swansea started off attacking the most with players like Ayew, Naughton, Clucas and Mawson all making their way towards Liverpool’s back line of defence with hopes of troubling Karius. then by the 9th minute, Liverpool found time enough to get away from defence and start their own attacks too. Mané made his way through Swansea’s defensive back three but Fabianski races off his line to quickly push away the ball before the Liverpool forward can get a shot off. Dangerous, but Mané wasn’t able to take an early lead for Liverpool.

The game continued on and on like this. Swansea would make multiple attacks and Liverpool would then get ready to make an attack of their own, but none of them were being converted into goals. We’d have some chances but not enough to make any of them count by half time.

Swansea would take a lead before the break though and it would be the only chance that mattered by the end of the whole game.

in the 40th minute, a bunch of Liverpool players all head towards the same ball for making a clearance and confusion ensues, resulting in Van Dijk rather confusedly heading clear to just anywhere he could after being the one that would get to do it. The ball strikes bodies inside of the box before falling to Alfie Mawson, who strikes a low effort into the bottom corner of the net and beyond the reach of Karius! Swansea 1-0 Liverpool. 

The score would remain this way until half time and up to full time.

This shouldn’t have been the last goal of the game, but it was. Liverpool have a strong squad, even after selling Coutinho to Barcelona. There’s multiple places a goal could have come from and none of them provided it when we needed it badly. “If you don’t score, you don’t win”. This is true of any game. You could maybe get a goalless draw in regular time and then go to extra time and later into a penalty shootout to win BUT you’d still have to score penalties to win. So it’s true in that instance, too. Scoring is absolutely essential for victory. Liverpool lacked something essential and it brought about the end to a very impressive unbeaten streak that we’ve all wanted to go on for…. well, forever.

Losing is the least desirable result any fan would ever want for their club but it’s not like I can’t handle it. I’ve seen Liverpool lose many times and am certainly not going to freak out and start supporting another club because of it. This is part of a life long support of a club. Sometimes, you lose and my support continues despite that loss. We’ll all move on and try to make sure that we don’t have to go through this again this season.

There’s plenty still to fight for as at least 3 of the top 4 spots are available to everyone in the top half of the Premier League that isn’t Manchester City (who look like they’ll never be knocked off the top spot by the end of the season). Another Champions League spot would be preferable though 5th place also can offer the Europa League (UEFA Cup) qualifying place and that’s not a bad competition to be a part of either, if you’ve managed to claim it ahead of everybody else. 6th place and below IS bad though, for a club like Liverpool. We’d never end up in the relegation zone or relegated to the lower divisions by the end of the season of course but it’s expected that we make progress for being a part of European competition in the next season and have something significant to show for our current season, even if not actually winning trophies. The 1st to 5th places are something significant to claim.

Man of the Match

Virgil Van Dijk worked very hard at both ends of the pitch, defending well and almost scoring. He came close to equalising and it wasn’t to be but the effort was there when even some of our attackers weren’t on good enough form to provide goals for us. So he tried to do it instead. We see you putting your effort in, Virgil. Appreciate you, bro. Much love for you.

What’s next?

Forget the Premier League for a while and focus on the FA Cup instead. We’ve got West Brom to deal with in a knock out competition and nobody wants to be knocked out. So, we’ll see what we can do about progressing in that tournament.

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.

 

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