Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool
1st October, 2016
Liberty Stadium – English Premier League
A classic tale of two halves. That’s the only way to describe Saturday’s early kick off where Liverpool came from behind to beat Premier League strugglers, Swansea City, 2-1. Swansea, who took the lead through Leroy Fer, couldn’t hold on and found themselves on the back foot throughout the entire second half after Jurgen Klopp gave his Liverpool side a wake up call during the break.
Liverpool’s hunt for the Premier League title continued this afternoon as they climbed into second spot and within touching distance of early leaders, Manchester City. Rather surprisingly, Swansea were the side that started the brighter and Leroy Fer put the Welsh side ahead from a set piece, but it didn’t look to me as if Liverpool had left first gear. Swansea were beating Liverpool at their own game- they looked the better of the two sides in terms of tempo and sheer pressing power. Matip and Lovren weren’t given much time at all on the ball at the back and Jordan Henderson wasn’t having the best of times in the center of the park.
It seemed like Jurgen Klopp’s half time team talk worked a treat though, because Liverpool turned the game on its head and dominated the entire half. Roberto Firmino dragged the visitors back into the game with a downward header just ten minutes into the restart and it was the Brazilian again who was brought down by Angel Rangel close to full time. James Milner was at hand to convert the penalty and confirm the win for the Reds.
Liverpool’s second half was a complete contrast to their first and Jurgen Klopp will be pleased with his players who ultimately picked up all three points. They stepped their game up after the break and become the highly energetic and impressive side people have been talking up all season. In truth, they could have scored 3 or 4, but they’ll take scrappy 2-1 victories every week if it means a Premier League title push.
The Swansea boss can perhaps have a reason to feel hard done by, they could have justified a draw today if it wasn’t for the late penalty, but he’ll certainly know now that he’s got a huge job on his hands. His players let him down- two defensive errors could be pinned on both Liverpool goals and it’s something Swansea need to address. It wasn’t just defensive mistakes that cost them either, Mike van der Hoorn should have scored an equalising goal for the hosts but he was unable to convert from point blank range after finding himself on the end of a Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cross.
If you’re a Swansea fan, you know it’s going to be difficult to find any positives from this game and it seems like it could be a long, hard season ahead- but if you’re a Liverpool supporter, you must be wondering whether this really is the Reds’ year!