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November 5, 2011
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 45013
A top quality performance from Premier League newcomers Swansea City has prevented Liverpool from winning at home in the Premier League for the third successive match. Supporters of both sides will have been entertained in a thrilling 0-0 draw at Anfield, but it will be Brendan Rogers' team that come away from the game the happier.
90' + 3'
Suarez goes over in the box, but the referee deems the striker has gone down far too easily. 30 seconds remain.
90' + 2'
90' + 2'
What an end-to-end game, can a side take the lead with 2 minutes left? Downing casually puts Enrique through on the left but the Spanish full-back shoots high, wide and not very handsome instead of crossing. Swansea are pinned back but only need to survive two more minutes.
Two truly super saves from Michel Vorm. The first, on 88 minutes, happens when Suarez smashes the ball on the half volley on the edge of the City box which Vorm dives to his right to tip over. The second save comes acrobatically as Glen Johnson hammers it towards the top corner.
Liverpool fans rejoice as Dirk Kuyt dives in to put the ball in the back of the Swansea net but the linesman flags, correctly as well, for offside. The Dutch winger was in front of the last man when Agger nodded towards the lurking Red in the final few minutes.
Lucas handballs in the visitors' box when Taylor blocks his run towards the middle of the area. Desperate moments for the Premier League sides as both look to claim all three points as the game comes to an end.
A golden chance for Swansea, only the finishing let the move down. Dyer fools Enrique to lift a right-footed cross to the back post, Graham heads it back for the oncoming Gower but the midfielder hits it over from close range.
...but Adam drills it into the wall to deflect for a corner. Swansea hanging on in the set-pieces now as Adam curls in a couple of corners, which Rogers' side defend valiantly.
Suarez goes down on the edge of the box, gifting Liverpool a free-kick with less than 10 minutes left. Williams gets a yellow for his misdemeanour. Adam and Bellamy stand over the dead ball...
Scott Sinclair looks full of energy and sprints forwards in the middle of the park, attempting to score from 30-yards out. The rebound off Skrtel is slashed wide by Dyer.
Taylor's doing his duties at the other end, intercepting Kuyt when he is through on goal after a one-two with Suarez on the middle. Liverpool's have a couple of corners, with Agger just dipping his headed effort onto the roof of the net. The momentum is shifting back in the favour of the Reds.
Both sides are running at the defence well then falling short in the final third. Taylor tries getting past Kuyt with no success, then the play switches to give Stewart Downing an opportunity on goal, but he puts the ball over from the edge of penalty area.
Wayne Routledge leaves the field of play for Scott Sinclair, who was left out of the starting line-up because of a slight hamstring injury. For Liverpool, Andy Carroll comes off from Cardiff-born Craig Bellamy.
Swansea have had 48% possession away from home, an impressive show from the newly promoted club. Joe Allen sprints from deep in his own half, past Liverpool players, before being brought down needlessly by Johnson in the middle.
Routledge is down after being caught by Reds centre-back Martin Skrtel. Home fans at Anfield will be hoping the pause in the game will instigate a revival from the Reds.
Ouch. The free-kick is hammered over by Gower. Liverpool will look to regain control at their stadium to prevent a third successive draw at home in the league.
Liverpool are pinned back in their own box, and Swansea's confidence is visibly growing. Britton is fouled by Agger, who was booked moments ago, on the very edge of the box. It is debately whether the foul is in the penalty area but Phil Dowd give a free-kick to the visitors.
Yellow Card Daniel Agger
A double-save from Reina keeps the scores level! Ashley Williams, passes to Dyer on the edge of the box who turns onto his left foot and shoots low and hard. Reina probably should hold onto the shot but spills it, but makes up for his error by preventing Graham from scoring the rebound.
Routledge slots Dyer through on goal but Reina saves to give the away side another corner. The set piece comes to nothing but the Swans still retain the ball.
Two corners for Swansea and more pressure on the Kop goal. Agger intercepts the first, and Mark Gower's second cross is cleared by the Reds, but the midfielder runs from the corner flag to claim the ball back but his delicate through ball for Graham is called back for offside. Liverpool shaking a little at the back.
Joe Allen dribbles past Lucas 25-yards out and belts the ball a metre or so wide-right of the post.
Well, chaotic in the Liverpool penalty area. Graham goes down and stays down in the box. Reina makes a mess of a clearance which the former Watford forward very nearly capitalises on, but an outstretched Spanish foot prevents the striker from putting the Swans a goal up with half an hour to go.
From the free-kick, Suarez cannot head the ball past the imposing presence of Michel Vorm, who holds his nod to his chest.
Neil Taylor, playing for the Swans at right-back, brings down Johnson and gets a yellow card. Just before that Dyer had weaved his way into the Liverpool last third but could not get a pass away and that caused the Merseysiders to attack on the right flank.
Yellow Card Neil Taylor
Vorm collects with ease from a trademark Adam ball up to the towering Carroll and lingering Suarez. The Reds still unable to break the deadlock.
Leon Britton, Swansea midfielder, gets an essential interception to stop Enrique (who barraged down at quite a pace down the left) from gifting the ball into the box. The game is open in the middle which is providing plenty of end-to-end sprints from both sides.
The home fans are in full voice as they try to urge their team on, but Swansea are proving worthy defenders. The visitors, spurred on by a solid defensive performance in the first 45 minutes are attacking timidly and look more intent on quality defence.
Another defence splitting pass from Adam, but Downing's ball into the mixer is too low and too near the keeper Vorm who pounces. Suarez is fuming on the penalty spot that he did not get the pass.
Enrique overlaps Downing on the left before cutting a ball inside for creative midfielder Charlie Adam. His looped ball towards the right post evades everyone though.
Jordan Henderson has been withdrawn by manager Kenny Dalglish for Dirk Kuyt in the only half-time substitution at the break. Can the Dutchman make the difference?
The second half has commenced. Swansea looking to add to their singular point they have collected away from home, whereas Liverpool will not want to disappoint their fans by coming away from the game without a victory.
45' + 2'
Half-time at Anfield, and it remains 0-0. Andy Carroll had the best chance for Liverpool, shooting against the bar from only a few yards out from Stewart Downing's cross. At the other end, Pepe Reina did well to keep Graham from adding to his respectable goal tally this season. Dalglish's team have controlled the match for large periods but Swansea have more than matched the Merseyside club and the second half could go either way!
45' + 1'
Swansea oncede two consecutive corners: the first Vorm smothers off the pitch from Suarez's nod on goal, the second Andy Carroll cannot send goalwards.
We're into the last minute of the 45 at Anfield and Liverpool continue to attack the Swansea left flank to no avail. 1 minute of stoppage time to be played.
Adam is controlling the Liverpool midfield in Steven Gerrard's absence. The former Blackpool player tries lofting another ball through for Uruguayan forward Suarez but it just evades the feisty striker.
Another close call for the home side. Routledge whips a ball in from the right which Graham does a diving header for, narrowly glancing wide of the goalmouth. He is offside regardless but it just proves the Welsh side carry a genuine threat up top.
A high foot from Agger on Swansea record signing Danny Graham gives them a free-kick in the centre circle. Dyer switches wings with Routledge and wins a corner for the visitors with five minutes to go until half time.
Kenny Dalglish's side have eased off the gas a little and now it's Brendan Rogers' men seeing the lion's share of the ball. Swansea left-winger Routledge, who looks like a hassle for right-back Johnson, passes neatly into the box for Allen, who turns onto his right foot and bends his attempt just wide of Reina's left post.
Referee Phil Dowd has to warn Adam after he wrestles Swansea centre-midfielder Joe Allen off the ball unfairly, as the 25-year-old is already on a yellow.
Daniel Agger now with the long range shot but City centre-back Ashley Williams prevents it from entering the box and the ball bobbles back to the Liverpool midfield.
An equally good save from Michel Vorm at the other end keeps it goalless with an outstretched save to his right from a Suarez shot. From the corner, a semi-cleared ball is hit back towards the goal by Downing on the edge of the area but it drops narrowly over with speed. Liverpool back in control after a shaky moment in their own box.
A superb save from Pepe Reina prevents Swansea City from taking an unexpected lead at Anfield. Routledge dinks a ball in from the left which Danny Graham gets a flick onto. The Spaniard tips it away from goal though and it remains 0-0.
Adam gets another ball into the box for Liverpool, this time from a free-kick earned by Caroll about 40 yards from goal. Suarez cannot direct his goal even slightly goalwards though and Swansea get a goal kick.
Adam lits a ball in from the centre but Carroll cannot climb over Swans captain Garry Monk who heades it wide for a Liverpool corner. It is safe to say Swansea are in defensive mode at the moment.
Liverpool with a throw-in on the right not far from the corner flag. Johnson crosses with his left foot but the cross outreaches everyone, leaving Carroll to collect the loose ball on the right. The striker, Enrique and Downing collaborate on the left before Downing whips a cross in which Lucas can only diving header to to left of the post.
Lovely footwork from Routledge from Reds right-back Glen Johnson hustles him off the ball after an attempted through ball from Allen. The game is tight at the moment, Liverpool edging more possession but partly down to Swansea' desire to let the Merseysiders run at them.
Downing, now, has a shot with his right foot, cutting inside from the left and hitting his deflected shot just over the bar for a corner for Liverpool.
Rogers underdogs are not pressing the Reds and as a result the Dalglish's men can plan an attack of Vorm's goal. Suarez, who has been quiet so far this match, pulls his low shot wide of the Dutch keeper's right post.
Liverpool were on the back foot for a couple of minutes there. Crosses from Wayne Routledge and Dyer caused a couple of nervy glances from the home fans but Swansea defender Angel Rangel hits high and wide to give th ball back to their opponents.
Dyer troubling Liverpool's summer signing Jose Enrique as he runs towards the by-line, winning a free kick on the edge of the box.
Yellow Card Charlie Adam
The first booking of the game goes to Adam for a cynical clip on Allen from behind.
Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm unnecessarily kicks the ball out of play on the left. The visitors will to treat possession more preciously if they want to get anything from the game.
Dyer is getting himself around the pitch excellently and forces a foul in the middle of the pitch from Lucas. Liverpool still looking the more dangerous, however.
Charlie Adam and Downing have a nice one-two on the left before the Scot gets the English left winger through but Andy Carroll cannot convert the sweeping cross and hits the bar! The away away side clear and up the other end, Swansea counter with Nathan Dyer attempting to cross from high up the right flank but it reaches no-one.
Swansea will not lie back at let the Scouse club attack again and again - they are seeing a fair amount of the ball, with Wales international Joe Allen spreading the ball nicely across the pitch a couple of times in the last couple of minutes.
Stewart Downing pelts down the left flank, past opposing players but his high cross clears Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez in the Swansea City box.
Liverpool have the centre-kick and immediately press down the right with Jordan Henderson - Swansea clear well though and so the fight for early dominance in the north west begins.
Kick-off imminent after a rousing "You'll Never Walk Alone" followed by a minutes silence for Remembrance Sunday. The poppies on both kits are another sign of respect for the day.
The last time Swansea won away against Liverpool? 1964 ladies and gents. But this is the Premier League so you never know. Blackpool winning here last season was not on the cards was it...
Another pre-match statistic for all of you: the last time these two sides met at Anfield, Liverpool thrashed their opponents 8-0 in an FA Cup rout. Swans manager Brendan Rogers will be hoping and expecting for a more favourable scoreline this afternoon.
The Reds, on the other hand, will be pleased to hear the Swans have yet to concede away from home in the top flight this season, and manager Kenny Dalglish has guided his side to seven straight competitive matches without defeat.
So, less than 10 minutes until kick-off. Swansea will be buoyed by the draw Norwich City took from Anfield in Liverpool’s last home game. Another stat in the Welsh side’s favour is the Merseyside club have only won three of their last 10 games against newly promoted teams in the Premier League.
Swansea City’s starting line-up: Vorm; Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor; Dyer, Gower, Britton, Allen, Routledge; Graham. Subs: Tremmel, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Agustien, Richards, Moras.
Liverpool’s starting line-up: Reina; Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique; Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing; Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Kelly, Bellamy.
Good afternoon everyone, and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of the Liverpool-Swansea match.
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