Posted by Attack of the Kop On Sunday, 25 November 2012 4 comments
There were two changes to the side than ran out 3-0 victors to Wigan. Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson came in to replace Andre Wisdom and Suso.
Early exchanges displayed fine passing from both teams that deploy similar styles.
Pepe Reina smartly denied Wayne Routledge as the first chance of the match fell to the hosts. The Spaniard tipped the midfielder’s fiercely struck shot past his near post.
The visitors threatened in the 17th minute. Glen Johnson curled an inviting cross in behind the Swansea back line, Jose Enrique met it with his chest, but his effort skipped past the post.
The two were in tandem shortly again. This time, Enrique turned provider and Johnson was sent through on goal. He looked to sneak his effort under Gerhard Tremmel, but the ‘keeper kept out his effort well.
Liverpool were enjoying much of the chances as they grew into the game. Raheem Sterling was next to threaten to open the scoring. The 17-year-old lashed a volley from the edge of the box that struck off the cross bar in the 33rd minute. The crossbar, a familiar foe for the Reds.
Next up, the influential Enrique thought he had scored only for the offside flag to be raised against him. Suarez dinked a ball towards the back post for the Spaniard to bundle in.
The half time whistle concluded an eventful first half in Rodgers’ return to the Liberty stadium. Liverpool were unlucky not to be in the lead, having hit the bar with Sterling and denied a goal when Enrique strayed offside.
After the break, Luis Suarez was first to test the resolve of Swansea. The Uruguayan’s low-drilled effort was deflected away by Tremmel’s legs.
Chances were few and far between as the second half progressed. The precedent set by the explosive, open and expansive first 45 minutes was not matched.
A lapse in concentration by Downing resulted in Dyer sneaking through on goal. Pepe Reina rushed out and contested the loose ball, but the Spaniard came out second best as he took a boot to the face. Thankfully, both players were unharmed and continued.
Sterling and Suarez broke two versus one against Swansea. The former looked to play Suarez through, but the weighty pass sent the Uruguayan wide. Determined to keep the move alive, Luis aimed to cut inside and shoot, but Tremmel comfortably smothered his effort.
A tactical affair came to a subdued end. Liverpool continue their unbeaten streak to 8 and move up to 11th on 16 points.