How to Watch Swansea City vs. Liverpool

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid celebrates with teammates after scoring his teamÕs opening goal from the penalty spot during the Copa del Rey match between Numancia and Real Madrid

Klopp rejected suggestions that Liverpool's players displayed complacency as they revelled in the lavish praise that came their way after the big win against Pep Guardiola's City, as the German argued that headline grabbing victory had no effect on his side's limp performance in Swansea. The best opportunity they created was in the very last-minute as Roberto Firmino headed against the post. Just three points now separate the division's lowest six clubs.

Jekyll and Hyde Liverpool.

Liverpool's 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended at the hands of the Premier League's 20th-placed side. The attack has so often got them out of jail, but this result proves once again that when they have an off-day, they struggle to grind out the type of result that turns you into serious contenders. We had the fortune to score a goal and we were winning 1-0. Subs: Tom Carroll (on for Dyer, 64) 6, Wilfried Bony (on for Ayew, 79) 5.

LIVERPOOL: Karius 6, Gomez 6, Matip 6, Van Dijk 7, Robertson 7, Can 6, Wijnaldum 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Mane 6, Firmino 6, Salah 6.

Set up to frustrate, Swansea held on to their lead for the rest of the match, keeping Liverpool's front three at bay to earn a vital three points. Van Dijk can only head a right-wing corner down, allowing Mawson to pounce on the loose ball and drill it low into the bottom corner.

The Portuguese likes to use seafood metaphors to describe players as either lobsters or sardines, but this time he was borrowing motor racing analogies as he left Liverpool on the hard shoulder.

While the Reds have rectified the sub-standard results against bottom-half teams which plagued their season past year, the required level at the top of the table has also evolved.

Each and every player in the Liverpool team gave their all in chasing down their opposite number to regain possession.

His appointment may have raised eyebrows initially but Carvalhal has had an immediate impact with Swansea.

Swansea remain bottom, but they are now just three points behind fourth bottom Stoke.

After a corner was whipped dangerously into the Liverpool box from the right, Virgil Van Dijk's disappointing header bounced off Swans' stopper Federico Fernandez, before being rifled home by central defensive partner Alfie Mawson.

Having 19 shots on goal, Liverpool managed just four shots on target with Salah the worst offender, only managing one from five attempts.



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