Brendan Rodgers was frustrated on his return to the Liberty Stadium as his Liverpool side were held to a draw by Swansea City in the Premier League.

Liverpool had Jose Enrique's close-range effort ruled out for offside, and Raheem Sterling hit the crossbar with a volley.

Swansea's best chance fell to Ashley Williams who saw a powerful header cleared off the line by Joe Allen.

The result lifts Swansea to eighth in the table with Liverpool 11th.

Match facts

  • Liverpool have not scored against Swansea in three Premier League games.
  • Swansea have won only one of their last six home Premier League games.
  • Ashley Williams became the first player to make 50 Premier League appearances for Swansea.

It was Liverpool's eighth successive game without defeat in the Premier League, while Swansea have lost just once in their last seven league outings.

The match also saw Swansea keep a clean sheet for the first time in 11 league matches.

Liverpool manager Rodgers was met with a mixture of applause and a few boos when he emerged from the tunnel in Swansea for the first time since leaving the Swans for Anfield in May.

His last match in charge of Swansea had been against Liverpool at the end of last season.

But the pre-match controversy surrounding Williams' comments about Luis Suarez in his autobiography appeared to be forgotten as the players smiled and shook hands before kick-off.

Pleased with team performance - Rodgers

Swans captain Williams said in his book that he wanted to "knock out" Suarez during last season's game at Anfield and accused him of diving.

Liverpool had the better of the first half chances. Sterling hit the crossbar with a vicious right foot volley and Swans' goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel saved well when Glen Johnson was clean through.

The Reds had the ball in the back of the net when Enrique stole in at the back post to slot the ball past Tremmel. But the goal was ruled out for a marginal offside.

Pepe Reina had a relatively quiet time in the Liverpool goal, but did have to save a sharp near-post shot by Wayne Routledge.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup made a tactical change at the start of the second half, bringing South Korean international Ki Sung-yeung on for Itay Schechter.

Laudrup pleased with 'good afternoon'

That allowed Michu to move into the attack with Ki filling in the gap left in the Swans' midfield.

Williams sent a powerful header towards the Liverpool goal from a De Guzman corner, but saw his former team-mate Allen clear the ball off the line.

A Pablo Hernandez free-kick forced a fine save from Reina late on after Allen had fouled Ki on the edge of the box.

But Liverpool finished stronger, with Jonjo Shelvey forcing Tremmel into a save with a powerful drive from 20 yards in added time.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said of Enrique's disallowed goal: "I thought it was a goal to be honest.

"I understand that when you see it now and you see lots of replays and people talk about parts of the body being offside, but the only part of his body that looked offside was his arm.

"So I thought it was a wee bit harsh on us because he's come in, gambled on the ball coming in and he's got his reward for it, but unfortunately we didn't get the goal.

"I was very pleased with my team today, the method in our game was excellent. We had 18 shots at goal, nine on target, we just couldn't quite find the final touch to finish."

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said: "I think it was a good point.

"In the first half they had more chances than us but we had chances too and I am pleased with the performance.

"You know when you play against Suarez and Gerrard they can always invent something, but I think we handled it well.

"There has been a lot of talk about Suarez and Ashley [Williams] and today we saw two guys trying to do their best.

"Suarez did some good things, but maybe less than he is used to as he played against two guys who did very well."

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 0-0 Liverpool FT
(HT 0-0)

      Swansea

      Substitutes

      Liverpool

      Substitutes

      Ref: MossAtt: 20,621
      SWANSEA
      LIVERPOOL

      Possession

      • Swansea 50%
      • Liverpool 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Swansea 8
      • Liverpool 14

      Attempts off target

      • Swansea 9
      • Liverpool 7

      Corners

      • Swansea 7
      • Liverpool 6

      Fouls

      • Swansea 6
      • Liverpool 10
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+4:58 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
      • 90:00+2:26 Centre by Joe Cole, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Save made by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 90:00+2:12 Drilled right-footed shot by Jonjo Shelvey. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 90:00+1:29 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Miguel Michu.
      • 90:00+0:50 Effort from outside the penalty area by Steven Gerrard goes wide left of the goal.
      • 90:00+0:31 Kemy Agustien concedes a free kick for a foul on Raheem Sterling. Joe Allen takes the direct free kick.
      • 87:16 The ball is crossed by Miguel Michu, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
      • 85:00 Unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Joe Allen results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Pablo Hernandez, Jose Reina makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, Ashley Williams produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
      • 83:24 Substitution Kemy Agustien is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan de Guzman.
      • 83:24 Sung-Yeung Ki has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
      • 82:36 Sanchez Jose Enrique gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
      • 82:11 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 81:30 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Sanchez Jose Enrique. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan de Guzman, save by Jose Reina.
      • 80:14 Raheem Sterling sends in a cross.
      • 78:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chico by Luis Suarez. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 77:36 Pablo Hernandez sends in a cross.
      • 76:05 Indirect free kick taken by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 76:05 Substitution Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Stewart Downing.
      • 76:05 Substitution Jordan Henderson leaves the field to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey.
      • 76:05 The official flags Martin Skrtel offside.
      • 75:28 Corner taken by Steven Gerrard, Chico makes a clearance.
      • 71:36 Shot by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
      • 70:07 Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Daniel Agger takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 70:07 Booking The referee shows Chico a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 70:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Suarez by Chico.
      • 67:44 Jonathan de Guzman takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Jose Reina. Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Stewart Downing gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Header from deep inside the area by Ashley Williams goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 66:19 Substitution Wayne Routledge leaves the field to be replaced by Nathan Dyer.
      • 63:33 Miguel Michu is penalised for a handball. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.
      • 62:36 Angel Rangel takes a shot. Blocked by Stewart Downing. Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki, Ashley Williams takes a shot. Joe Allen makes a clearance.
      • 60:01 Pablo Hernandez crosses the ball, Miguel Michu takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.
      • 57:46 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 56:23 Foul by Ben Davies on Raheem Sterling, free kick awarded. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.
      • 55:31 Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.
      • 51:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pablo Hernandez by Joe Allen. Pablo Hernandez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
      • 50:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Joe Allen on Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
      • 47:32 The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
      • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
      • 45:01 Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki on for Itay Shechter.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+1:11 The referee blows for half time.
      • 45:00+0:55 Jordan Henderson takes a shot. Leon Britton gets a block in.
      • 45:00+0:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen by Miguel Michu. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 42:21 Luis Suarez challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
      • 41:22 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard, Header on goal by Glen Johnson from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
      • 40:07 Stewart Downing delivers the ball, clearance made by Ben Davies.
      • 39:12 Miguel Michu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Allen. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick.
      • 36:54 Pablo Hernandez takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
      • 36:01 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
      • 34:30 Effort on goal by Miguel Michu from 25 yards. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
      • 33:25 The referee blows for offside against Sanchez Jose Enrique. Gerhard Tremmel takes the free kick.
      • Correction - 31:31 Raheem Sterling produces a cross, save made by Gerhard Tremmel. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Angel Rangel. Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, Angel Rangel manages to make a clearance. Shot from 18 yards from Raheem Sterling. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in. Effort from a long way out by Joe Allen goes wide right of the target.
      • 31:31 A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Angel Rangel. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Angel Rangel. Raheem Sterling takes a shot from 18 yards. Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams. Joe Allen takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • 29:33 Jonathan de Guzman has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 27:37 Pablo Hernandez has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
      • Correction - 27:03 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Williams.
      • 27:03 Luis Suarez takes a shot. Chico gets a block in.
      • 23:36 Glen Johnson takes a shot. Gerhard Tremmel makes a save. Corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Skrtel on Miguel Michu. Free kick taken by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 18:47 Sanchez Jose Enrique sends in a cross, save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 16:10 The ball is crossed by Glen Johnson, Effort from inside the six-yard box by Sanchez Jose Enrique goes wide right of the goal.
      • 15:01 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Gerhard Tremmel takes the free kick.
      • 14:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Glen Johnson by Wayne Routledge. Martin Skrtel restarts play with the free kick.
      • 13:34 Raheem Sterling takes a shot. Comfortable save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 11:46 Shot by Wayne Routledge. Save made by Jose Reina. Outswinging corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line, Martin Skrtel makes a clearance. The ball is swung over by Jonathan de Guzman, Martin Skrtel manages to make a clearance.
      • 10:39 The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, Chico manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Glen Johnson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
      • 9:10 Luis Suarez challenges Ashley Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chico restarts play with the free kick.
      • 8:22 Raheem Sterling has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save by Gerhard Tremmel.
      • 8:00 A cross is delivered by Raheem Sterling, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
      • 6:43 Chico takes a shot. Daniel Agger gets a block in.
      • 3:36 Short corner taken by Jonathan de Guzman from the right by-line, Pablo Hernandez crosses the ball, clearance by Daniel Agger.
      • 3:10 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonathan de Guzman by Jordan Henderson. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
      • 2:52 Unfair challenge on Itay Shechter by Sanchez Jose Enrique results in a free kick. Chico takes the direct free kick.
      • 2:39 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Ashley Williams gets a block in.
      • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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