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Swansea 2-2 Liverpool – Reds Cling on for a Point

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By Jonathan Carroll

 

Steven Gerrard captained Liverpool for the 400th time as he looked to help lead his home town side to another leaue victory this time in Wales against Swansea. Indeed it was to be quite a rollercoaster of an evening for Liverpool players and supporters alike. A combination of new players and former players helped shape the game into an unforgettable one.

 

The majority of the pre game coverage focused on Jonjo Shelvey playing against his former team and all the hype was overplayed in all areas of the media coverage. Every player wants to do well against former employees, it goes without saying. Liverpool supporters also got a first glimpse at Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses in red. Both players put in good performances, especially Sakho who was up aginst a tricky pairing of Wilfred Bony and Michu.

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Jonjo Shelvey’s mishit shot at the top of the box inside two minutes actually helped him escape the advances of Steven Gerrard and after Martin Skrtel blocked his initial shot, Shelvey finished well with his left. Swansea one nil up, the Liberty stadium bouncing. Shelvey in his euphoria got carried away with himself and less than two minutes later gave a short back pass to his own keeper which allowed Daniel Sturridge to pounce and score his fourth goal in as many games.

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Victor Moses intercepted a poor Shelvey cross field ball before driving at the Swansea back four and cutting inside on his right and finishing low into the bottom left hand corner.  Liverpool showed good character to turn around a 0-1 deficit to lead and were playing some expansive football as the half wore on. Indeed, the lead could have been more had Sturridge finished a good cross from Moses after some nifty work by the loan signing from Chelsea.

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A major turning point of the second half saw Ashley Williams try to cut little Philippe Coutinho in two with a tackle which the Wales rugby team would have been proud of. The Brazilian was replaced by Iago Aspas and a lot of Liverpool’s fluency and control of the game went with the diminutive playmaker as he walked down the tunnel clutching his right arm. Swansea leveled the score with a neat finish from Michu after a tidy flick from Shelvey to set him up. Swansea continued to press Liverpool and controlled possession and chances for long spells of the second half.

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Liverpool looked to have no outlet as the second half wore on and Aspas didn’t help things giving the ball away at every opportunity. Brendan Rodgers will be happy with a point in the end as his team could well have conceded late on. The worrying part of Monday nights game was the lack of attacking drive in the second half. The first half proved the Reds could take the game to Swansea but Liverpool dropped too deep too early in the second half. Inviting possession and pressure is never a positive way to try and win any game.

 

SWANSEA CITY

  • 01 Vorm
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams Booked
  • 22 Rangel
  • 33 Davies
  • 07 Britton
  • 08 Shelvey Booked
  • 09 Michu
  • 12 Dyer (De Guzman – 46′ )
  • 15 Routledge
  • 10 Bony (Pozuelo – 66′ )

Substitutes

  • 25 Tremmel
  • 02 Amat
  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 20 De Guzman
  • 21 Canas
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 26 Vazquez

LIVERPOOL

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 17 Sakho
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 47 Wisdom Booked (Toure – 69′ )
  • 08 Gerrard
  • 10 Coutinho (Aspas – 55′ )
  • 12 Moses (Sterling – 81′ )
  • 14 Henderson Booked
  • 21 Lucas Booked
  • 15 Sturridge

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Toure
  • 34 Kelly
  • 06 Alberto
  • 31 Sterling
  • 33 Ibe
  • 09 Aspas
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