High flying Liverpool side visited Swansea City on Saturday in a bid to go second in the premier league table but they were outplayed in first 45 minutes as Swansea lead 1-0 at halftime. Liverpool failed to register a shot on target in first half while Swansea City could have scored more apart from that Leroy Fer’s 8th minute goal from close range. However Swansea has all to do in second half if they were to get something out of this game.
Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool Highlights
[ English Premier League 2016-17 Season ]
8′ 1 – 0 Leroy Fer scored a tap in after a corner kick routine caused problems for Liverpool.
54′ 1 – 1 Roberto Firmino scored with a glancing header after Jordan Henderson put in a super ball inside the box. it all started with Coutinho’s freekick which was blocked by the wall but Henderson was quick to put the ball back in the box where Firmino beating offside trap headed home the equalizer.
84′ 1 – 2 James Milner scores a late penalty to put Liverpool second in the table behind Manchester City.
Match Highlights (English)
Swansea City vs Liverpool Preview: This Liverpool side has something about them this season which put them right in the title contention specially after the start they have made so far. They have already beaten Arsenal and Chelsea and drew away against Tottenham but they will be eager to avoid results against bottom table sides which haunted them last season. Swansea are one of the teams who defeated Liverpool last year and Klopp will be extremely cautious about the threat posed by this Swansea side.
Swansea on the other hand has made a slow start to the season taking only four points of the possible 18 in 6 games so far. But playing at home they will fancy their chances getting something out of this game if they can restrict Liverpool in the first half.
Team News & Lineups: Danial Sturridge will miss out after suffering another set-back with injury while Henderson is still not fully fit to feature for Liverpool. Lucas is suspended which means Klopp has to make couple of important changes in midfield and attack. Joe Allen is set to start in midfield alongside Emre Can while Milner, Lallana and Coutinho to play in attacking roles behind Firmino or Benteke. First choice centre backs Sakho and Skrtel will miss the tie which means Lovren and Kolo Toure to start the game.
Gary Monk on the other hand will have to make some tactical changes against Liverpool in attack. Bafetimbi Gomis has been struggling for goals and has not scored since August which means Monk might go with Eder while Routledge, Cork and Ayew playing in attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup.
Predictions: Klopp’s Liverpool are looking like a well oiled machinery at the moment with midfield and forward line linking up very well with superb high intensity passing game. Swansea City are a decent team but their form has been abysmal with 1 win in last 6 games. I am going with another comfortable win for Liverpool in this one with Coutinho and Firmino to score.