Liverpool 2-3 Swansea: Swans shock Klopp with historic win
- Liverpool’s first defeat at home in 25 games
- Llorente, Firmino both score twice
- Swansea’s first-ever league win at Anfield
- Swans out of relegation zone
Swansea City beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield on Saturday as they secured their first-ever league win away at Liverpool.
Fernando Llorente put Swansea 2-0 up with strikes early in the second half, but then Liverpool came roaring back with Roberto Firmino scoring twice to make it 2-2. However, Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the game-winner with 15 minutes to go to seal a vital win for Paul Clement’s side in their battle against relegation.
As for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp, their title bid took a huge hit with their first home defeat in the PL in just over a year as they could fall 10 points behind leaders Chelsea who play on Sunday. Swans move on to 18 points and out of the bottom three with their third away win of the season.
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Liverpool took the game to Swansea from the off and Firmino broke free down the right and dinked a delicious ball to Adam Lallana but his bicycle kick went over.
The Reds kept pouring forward but were caught on the break as debutant Tom Carroll saw his cross deflect off Dejan Lovren but hit the near post with Simon Mignolet beaten.
As half time approached Firmino was free in the box again but Alfie Mawson blocked his shot and then Nathaniel Clyne miscontrolled in a good position on the right as the home fans at Anfield started to grow anxious.
0 - Liverpool have failed to have a shot on target in the 1st half of a PL game at Anfield since Nov 2015, also vs Swansea. Shy.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2017
0-0 at the break with Liverpool having 72 percent of the possession but neither team having a shot on target.
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The second half started with a bang as loose defending from Lovren saw him concede a corner and from that Swansea took the lead.
Federico Fernandez nodded the ball back in and at the second attempt Llorente poked home the opener. 1-0 to Swansea as Anfield was stunned.
Four minutes later it was 2-0 to Swansea as the two new boys Martin Olsson and Carroll combined on the left and the latter sent in a superb cross which Llorente headed home. Anfield was in shock.
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Three minutes after going 2-0 down Liverpool pulled a goal back. James Milner’s left-wing cross was swung into the box and Firmino rose above Olsson to nod home. 2-1. Game on.
50 – Liverpool are the first PL team score 50 goals this season, while Swansea are the first to concede 50. Half-century.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 21, 2017
After that crazy spell of three goals in seven minutes things settled down as Mawson glanced a header just wide to almost put Swansea 3-1 up but with 20 minutes to go it was 2-2.
Georginio Wijnaldum clipped a ball in from the left side of the box and Firmino controlled beautifully before slamming home. 2-2.
Up the other end Swansea then when 3-2 up as a shot deflected into Sigurdsson’s path and he slotted home. Madness with 15 minutes to go.
Late on Liverpool pushed for the equalizer as Lukasz Fabianski denied Divock Origi but the Swans held on as Lallana headed a glorious chance over.