Premier League: Swansea v Liverpool as it happened

Live text commentary as Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League after an entertaining draw at Swansea.

17 September 2013 Last updated at 12:08 GMT

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    That is your lot for tonight though.

    Leyton Orient now stand, like some sort of swaggering Floyd Mayweather figure, over the rest as the only one of the 92 Football League clubs with an unblemished 100% record.

    We will be back tomorrow with live text blurb and radio words for the start of the Champions League proper.

    Manchester United and Manchester City are in action along with Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain, Juventus and defending champions Bayern Munich. Who knows, maybe Bayern will break out their new lederhosen-inspired kit to mark the occasion.

    We can but hope. See you there.

    Bayern Munich
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    While Michael Laudrup was having a grumble about a fixture pile-up, Swansea have got a trip to Valencia and the Mestalla up next as their Europa League campaign gets revving.

    That is not too shabby is it?

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    Liverpool were efficient at dispatching sides below them last season and four of their next five league games are against teams in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

    You get the feeling that they might need to make hay while they are in form and some of their rivals for a top-four spot are bedding in new managers.

    Just one more game for Luis Suarez to serve on his ten-match ban as well. He will be eligible after his team-mates have played Southampton at home on Saturday.

    Manchester United away in the League Cup is the first game after that in the Merseysiders' fixture list. Tasty.

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    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "I thought for the first 65 minutes we were very, very good with and without the ball. We had to show character after going behind so early.

    "I thought we were terrific for 65 minutes. We scored two good goals, and in the last 25 minutes we had to show defensive resilience.

    "This will be a really big point for us.

    "Philippe Coutinho's substitution interrupted our flow. Iago Aspas is more of a striking player.

    "Victor Moses has always played really well here. I had a feeling for him tonight, he scored here last year for Chelsea.

    "Jonjo Shelvey is an outstanding young player. Tonight is a part of his learning.

    "He knows he has things in his game that he needs to improve on, and he will only do that from playing. Tonight was a steep learning curve for him.

    "Very soon, we have one of the best players in the world [Luis Suarez] to come back into our team. I think we will get better and better as the season goes on."

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    Ben Johnson: Fantastic interview from Jonjo Shelvey. So brave to come out and talk after that game. Massively gone up in my estimations!

    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Nice words from Jonjo Shelvey in his post-match interview. He should hold his head high having showed great mental strength in the second half."

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    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "The way we came back in the second half was excellent. It was a really difficult first half, after having the best start of all.

    "The goals came from huge mistakes. But that is part of the game.

    "We got the equaliser, and in the end it was a very good point for us on a night which could have gone wrong for us with some of the things we did wrong in the first half.

    "Shelvey scored the goals, made two big mistakes. I left him on, and he did great in the second half.

    "He is only 21, and I think he came out of it in a good way in the second half. He will learn from this, and that is important.

    "It was important for us to start well as in these three weeks when we have seven games."

    Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar HamannSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Great game to watch. Fair result in the end. Liverpool better first half, Swansea better in the second. Philippe Coutinho substitution the turning point."

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    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Sky Sports: "I think in the end we showed character not to lose and we almost won at the end. We are disappointed but we will push on and try and win the next.

    "For the first goal I just anticipated that he would knock it back and was there at the right time and took advantage. It is not about me though, we are disappointed with the result.

    "To be honest I don't feel fit, I trained with the team for the first time on Friday."

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    PLAYER REACTION- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Swansea goalscorer Jonjo Shelvey on Sky Sports: "I just want to say sorry to the Swansea fans for the two bad mistakes that gifted Liverpool a draw and I thought we deserved more than that.

    "I did not really want to celebrate when I scored - I still have respect for the fans and loved every minute at Liverpool, but it is hard to contain emotions.

    "You just want to go into a hole where nobody can see you [when you give the ball away for the other team to score] but it has happened to great players over time.

    "I showed a bit of character to keep getting on the ball. I still feel I have given Liverpool a draw but it was a great game to play in."

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    Talking of whom, the man of the moment is speaking to the television cameras. He has immediately apologised to Swansea's fans and looks like he is still pretty down on himself. Full quotes to come.

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    I'm a bit late to this Jonjo-headline game. What about 'Shelveyville'? Simpsons fans you having that? What do you mean, no?

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    Sownak Bose: Ben Davies has been terrific for Swansea. Very underrated.

    Ryan Barnes: Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea all dropping points turns out to be quite a good weekend for Manchester United and Arsenal.

    Richard Sampson: Four games in and the top-six is already as it will finish. Just need 34 more games to resolve the order!

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Jonjo Shelvey scored a great goal, then to make two awful passes, he was totally at fault for both Liverpool goals with his sloppy play.

    "He bounced back, tried to make tackles, and break into the Liverpool half. His spirit speaks volumes about the character of the man."

    Listen to reaction from Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    It was breathless final twenty minutes. In the end Liverpool were more worried about preserving a point than their 100% start to their Premier League campaign.

    Considering a bright first half, and the clinical way that Manchester United and Tottenham dismissed the Swans it felt a little deflating for the Reds. But they are back top of the league and the view is always a little brighter from up there.

    Former Swansea and Wales winger Leighton James on BBC WalesSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "That's the best game I've seen on this ground."

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "What a magnificent tackle from Chico Flores at the death. He will not get enough credit for that, as it was right on the whistle.

    "Over the piece, both teams will be happy with a point."

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    FULL-TIME- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    All done. Honours even.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool break up the other end. Iago Aspas shapes to pull the trigger from 15 yards out, but Chico Flores makes a superb sliding tackle to bar his way.

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    Mark Lynch: I can't be the only one who wants Jonjo Shelvey to shoot next time he gets the ball...

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Simon Mignolet smothers a trundling shot from Michu from the edge of the box. Might that be Swansea's last chance?

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    One minute of added time left. Swansea in possession and pressing.


    John in Lancashire via 81111: Liverpool really have missed the injured Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger this evening and we still look light in midfield with no natural middle man even on the bench.

  24. 2151: 
    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho goes to ground in the box, but takes the ball off Michu's toe with a fine tackle near the byeline. That was important.

  25. 2149: 
    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool camped back. Can Swansea find a way through? Raheem Sterling dispossesses Jonjo Shelvey as he runs at the Liverpool defence.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool would happily take a draw with a few minutes to go. They have really struggled without Philippe Coutinho, and Daniel Sturridge looks out on his feet."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    FIVE MINUTES OF INJURY TIME- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    There will be five minutes of injury time. The crowd approve, or at least the home supporters.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    The clock ticking down, Swansea on the attack.

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    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Simon Mignolet sprawls to his left to get a stretching palm to Jonathan de Guzman's swerving free-kick. That would have had toes curling on the Liverpool bench.


    Dean in London via 81111: Jonjo Shelvey's got to be subbed a couple of minutes from the end so he can receive his standing ovation from all four sides of the ground.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Liverpool have no out-ball whatsoever. They cannot get out, at all."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    FINAL FIVE- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Simon Mignolet claims a corner that was far too close to him to ease the pressure as the clock ticks down past the 85th minute. Liverpool would take a draw now.

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    Simon Brown: After the slightly sluggish start to the Premier League, I propose all games must feature Jonjo Shelvey from here on out.

    James Butler: I wonder what the last 10 minutes of the Jonjo Shelvey Show has in store?

    Will Jackson: Shelvey has had an incredible game when you compare it to Jon Walters's double own goal game last season.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Steven Gerrard attempts to chip Michel Vorm with a smartly-taken free-kick from an acute angle. It is over the top but I think that Vorm had it covered.

    I'm not sure that Simon Mignolet at the other end could say the same thing shortly afterwards. Jonathan de Guzman slices a shot just over the top from 20 yards, the ball rising past the postage stamp.

    Swansea are looking the most likely.

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    Dwayne O: Swansea are all over Liverpool now Wilfried Bony has been subbed. Is he causing a tactical headache for Swansea manager Michael Laudrup?

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    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Victor Moses gives way to Raheem Sterling for Liverpool. A solid debut, but he has faded like the rest of his team.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "At times tonight Jonjo Shelvey has looked fantastic, but other times, he has been so sloppy."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    A shocker of a corner from Jonjo Shelvey, whose set-piece skims along the ground and barely reaches the first Liverpool defender, never mind clears him.

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    TEN MINUTES TO GO- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool are pinned back and Kolo Toure intervenes to give away Swansea's first corner of the night. Ten to go.

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    Jack Jeffree: Jonjo Shelvey 2-2 Jonjo Shelvey.

    Sham Gallagher: Shelvey to score the Winner! That would be amazing.

  41. 2136: 
    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Victor Moses, perhaps short of match fitness, looks like he is tiring. Raheem Sterling is stripped and ready to go on the bench. It is Moses or Daniel Sturridge who are the likeliest to get the hook.


    Rob in London via 81111: A lovely finish, a fine through ball, a sweeping cross field ball assist and a flick on header. Jonjo Shelvey the most complete player?

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    Michael Clays: Without Jonjo Shelvey, this game would be a goalless draw!!

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool
    Michu (right) celebrates scoring for Swansea

    "Swansea look like the team who are going to score next. They have been well on top in the last five minutes.

    "You have to admire their endeavour and desire to win the game. But if you push too many men forward, Daniel Sturridge and Iago Aspas can punish you on the counter-attack for Liverpool."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Swansea are beginning to dominate possession and Michu attempts to hook an awkward volley well wide in their latest foray forward.

    Liverpool have been lacking a little composure after Philippe Coutinho was forced off injured. Raheem Sterling is being given instructions on the touchline by Brendan Rodgers.

    Manchester United defender Rio FerdinandSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "Happy for Jonjo Shelvey.... After that rollercoaster of a first half, he has rolled up his sleeves & hasn't gone missing."

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Jonjo Shelvey takes it on for Swansea, but his low shot skims straight into the gloves of a crouching Simon Mignolet.

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    Swansea 2-2 Liverpool
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Lucas gives away a free-kick. Twenty-five yards out. Jonjo Shelvey wants a look at it...

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    TWENTY MINUTES TO GO- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Twenty minutes to go. Still anyone's game.

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    Andrew Roberts: Welcome to the Jonjo Shelvey Show.

    Barry Travis: Could Jonjo Shelvey be man of the match for both sides?

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    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool make a change of their own with Kolo Toure replacing Andre Wisdom at right-back. Wayne Routledge might fancy a go at Toure.

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    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Swansea's Alejandro Pozuelo, signed from Real Betis in the summer, comes on to replace Wilfried Bony who looks like he is carrying a bit of a knock.

  53. 2124: 
    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Andre Wisdom clatters into Ben Davies to pick up a yellow card he might have received earlier in the match with a bit less luck.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 2-2 Liverpool

    "I felt Liverpool were dropping off and inviting pressure on. It was a lovely touch from Jonjo Shelvey to pick out Michu.

    "I did feel Swansea had come out with a bit more purpose than Liverpool in the second half. I do not know why teams naturally drop after they go ahead."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    GOAL- Swansea 2-2 Liverpool - Michu (64 mins)

    It's that man again. Jonjo Shelvey, with a hand in all three of the other goals tonight, burst forwards and gets an intelligent headed flick-on to turn the ball into the path of Michu. The Spaniard gets to it before Andre Wisdom to turn past Simon Mignolet and level the scores.

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    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    The stoppages and the bookings have taken some of the rhythm out of the game, but Steven Gerrard tries to get the party started again as his volleys goalwards drops invitingly to him on the edge of the box. Ashley Williams gets a block to stop the shot at source.

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    Daniel Rajan Mills: Disgusting tackle from Ashley Williams... Straight red for me.

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    YELLOW CARD- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Jordan Henderson is the fourth name taken by referee Michael Oliver after a cynical clip of Ben Davies' heels.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Liverpool

    "Goalkeepers are the only players on the pitch who are allowed to come flying out with their knees as high as a centre-forward's head.

    "If that happens around the other areas of the pitch with a centre-back or centre-forward, it is potentially a red card."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Wilfried Bony is the latest player to require treatment, winding after copping a knee in the back from Simon Mignolet as the Liverpool goalkeeper came to claim a long ball forward. Bony is up and running after much wincing and gurning.


    Harry in London via 81111: Jonjo Sellme.

  62. 2115: 
    YELLOW CARDS- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Jonjo Shelvey is at the centre of it again. The former Liverpool man gives his old team-mate Lucas an earful as the pair argue over the rights and wrongs of Swansea failing to return a ball to Liverpool. Both go into the book and that is sensible refereeing from Michael Oliver.

  63. 2113: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is forced off, suffering with a shoulder complaint after that clash with Ashley Williams a few minutes ago. Iago Aspas comes on in his place. Coutinho has been excellent tonight.

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    Here are some of your suggestions for Jonjo Shelvey-related puns that are sure to feature prominently on the back pages of Tuesday's newspapers.

    HeelJames: Jonjo Shelve-me

    Ross Lawson: Jonj-oh dear.

    Len M: Shel-shocked!

    Keep them coming in using #bbcfootball or on text via 81111.

  65. 2111: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Michel Vorm had to be alert there. A clever Steven Gerrard free-kick picks out Jordan Henderson peeling free at the far post and the Swansea goalkeeper is down sharply to block Andre Wisdom's side-foot volley from eight yards from the England man's cross.

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    Kolo Kenneth Kadiri: Ashley Williams is trying to talk himself out of this game.

  67. 2109: 
    YELLOW CARD- Ashley Williams - Swansea

    Ashley Williams has his name taken as he body-checks Philippe Coutinho as the Brazilian attempts to skip past him. Williams, who looks psyched up, will have to keep it reined in for the rest of the 90 minutes. Coutinho, who was winded in the challenge, is getting treatment.

  68. 2107: 
    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Ashley Williams is a chatty fellow. He is giving Jordan Henderson an earful after a coming together.


    Jay in London via 81111: Can't wait for the Jonjo Shelvey-related puns in the newspapers tomorrow! Anyone want to kick it off?

  70. 2105: 
    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Liverpool's Andre Wisdom gives away a free-kick for a foul on Jonathan de Guzman and pokes the ball away as Swansea want to take a quick one. Referee Michael Oliver took mercy but it could easily have been yellow.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Liverpool

    "Jonathan de Guzman has the ability to help Michu and Wilfried Bony up front. I am not convinced Nathan Dyer was having that bad a game to be taken off.

    "De Guzman is very good from dead balls, and he can get up the pitch as he has good movement."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

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    KICK-OFF- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Swansea get us going. They have made a change as well with Jonathan de Guzman on for Nathan Dyer.

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    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    As it stands, Liverpool and Leyton Orient are the only two teams in the Premier League and Football League with a 100% league record for 2013-14. Let's see if the Reds can stay in that exclusive club.

    The teams, including a sad-looking Jonjo Shelvey, are back out on the pitch.

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    Swansea are not out of this by any means. For all Liverpool's possession and interplay, the hosts had six shots on target to the Reds' four. They finished the first half the stronger as well.


    Mashidur Miah: Liverpool are good in attack without Luis Suarez but with him they could become even more better and strong top-four contenders!

    Callum Sweeney: Liverpool don't need Suarez anymore when we have Daniel Sturridge scoring.

    Matthew Wearing: Suarez is the second best forward in the Premier League. To question whether Liverpool are better without him is ridiculous.

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    That goal takes Daniel Sturridge's tally for Liverpool to 17 goals in 20 and half games. While Victor Moses, on loan from Chelsea, has an even better ratio with a goal every 45 minutes. Admittedly, it is a bit of a limited sample.

    Meanwhile over at Stamford Bridge Jose Mourinho has been scrapping around for a decent striker. Funny how these things turn around.

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    Geraint Morgan: Usually, you'd say Jonjo Shelvey's night could only be made worse by a red card. But that could be just the good fortune Swansea need.

    Neil White: I think "he's having a Shelvey" will become common place in pundit-world & pubs from tonight onwards.

    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Statisticians Opta: 3 - This is the first Premier League game this season to see more than two goals before half-time. Bonanza.

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    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool
    Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge's early goal means that he is the first Liverpool player to score in each of the Reds opening four fixtures of a Premier League season. Liverpool, as things stand, are top of the league with 12 points.

    Perhaps more relevantly they would have a five-point lead on the fifth-placed team.

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    A question for you. Are Liverpool better in attack without the excellent, but demanding, Luis Suarez? And might Swansea be more threatening with Michu on his own up front and Wilfried Bony back on the bench?

    Sometimes less is more.

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    Andrew in Cardiff via 81111: Keep giving the ball to Jonjo Shelvey! This is brilliant.

    Lewis in Sheffield via 81111: Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, please take off Jonjo Shelvey and save him from himself!

  82. 2048: 
    HALF-TIME- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    That's your lot. Jonjo Shelvey is doing a good job of ignoring the unwanted attentions of a television camera as he trudges off.

  83. 2046: 
    TWO MINUTES OF INJURY TIME- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Two minutes of added time at the end of the first half as Wilfried Bony dollies up an easy cross from Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to claim.

    BBC Sport pundit and former Wales international Robbie SavageSwansea 1-2 Liverpool

    "I'd take Jonjo Shelvey off at half-time. Looks nervous when receiving the ball after two terrible errors!! Feel for him after a great start."

    Victor Moses's Chelsea team-mate, Demba BaSwansea 1-2 Liverpool
    Victor Moses scores for Liverpool

    "Well played Victor Moses. Great debut so far! Keep it up Vic!"

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    Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Swansea are pressing for a leveller as time ticks down on the first half. Angel Rangel bursts onto Michu's lay-off like Carlos Alberto in 1970, but he sends his low effort fizzing just wide.

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    Paramdeep Khera: Agent Shelvey is doing a great job tonight.

    Ashley Williams: Normal service resumed. Shelvey with another trademark error. Oh, and thanks for the £5m fee for him, too.

    MOTD presenter Gary LinekerSwansea 1-2 Liverpool

    "Poor Jonjo Shelvey has failed to adjust from the red of Liverpool to the white of Swansea."

  89. 2041: 
    CLOSE!- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

    Swansea almost peg Liverpool back immediately as goalkeeper Simon Mignolet can only palm Nathan Dyer's shot across the face of his unguarded goal. It looks like Wilfried Bony is going to turn the loose ball home, but Martin Skrtel slides in from nowhere with a great sliding challenge to deny him.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-2 Liverpool

    "Jonjo Shelvey had acres and acres of room. He tried to fizz a cross-field ball with his laces, and Victor Moses is positive to get onto it.

    "The defending is then awful, Angel Rangel does not get within five metres of Moses. It was far too easy, and too sloppy, from Shelvey."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  91. 2036: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-2 Liverpool - Victor Moses (36 mins)
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Oh Jonjo. Former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey gives the ball away with an overly-ambitious crossfield pass under little pressure. Victor Moses intercepts and breaks into the acres of space in front of him and is then allowed to cut in far too easily as Shelvey tries to make amends. His shot from the edge of the area beats a wrong-footed Michel Vorm at his near post. Two Liverpool goals, two errors from Shelvey, who had put the Swans in front.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "The key to Swansea's success this season is can Wilfried Bony and Michu play together?

    "Michu has physical strength and presence. But having paid £12m for Bony, manager Michael Laudrup has to get him into his side."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  93. 2034: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    A half-chance for Wilfried Bony who swivels into a snap-shot half-volley from Ben Davies skidding low cross. Over it went, but no shame in that. It was a difficult opportunity.

    Swansea are growing into the half now.

    BBC Sport pundit and former Wales international Robbie SavageSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool looking very, very good. Movement, pace, high tempo and Victor Moses looks a great addition."

  95. 2032: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Mamadou Sakho had an iffy opening ten minutes at the heart of the Liverpool defence. But he has looked more secure as the half has worn on. He is certainly an imposing figure at the back.


    Andy in Manchester via 81111: From watching him at Wigan, I can tell you Victor Moses is as good a dribbler as there is in the league. If he can consistently find a final product, he will be a superb prospect.

  97. 2031: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    That would have been a peach. Swansea pair Wilfried Bony and Michu play a one-two-three of instant one-touch passes before Bony rather scuffs a shot when he had a clear sight of goal. Simon Mignolet collects with ease.

  98. 2028: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool are on top here. Swansea look a little dazed amid all the pretty passing patterns. Just coming up to the half-hour mark.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "Daniel Sturridge should have scored, but I would rather give credit to Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm. He got down superbly.

    "Victor Moses's crosses have been of real quality. He is causing Swansea all sorts of problems."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  100. 2027: 
    GREAT SAVE!- Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    The width of Michel Vorm's shinpad is all that separates Liverpool from the lead. Victor Moses skips between Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel before serving the ball up on a platter with an inch-perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge. The striker nods downwards from five yards out, but somehow Vorm gets enough on it to keep it out.

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    Karl Gostling: Liverpool good in possession but look shaky at the back. Swansea need to press higher up the pitch, showing too much respect.

    Ryan Cowie: Never wanted to see Jonjo Shelvey go, but good for England that he's getting regular games - great piece of business for Swansea.

    Adrian Tang: Jonjo Shelvey's having a nightmare for Swansea! Take him off, Michael Laudrup!

    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool string a series of slick passes together: Philippe Coutinho round the corner to Victor Moses whose square ball finds Jordan Henderson. It misses a finish to top it off though as Henderson's effort is blocked by the buttocks of a lunging Ben Davies.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "I think Ashley Williams thought the initial tackle from Steven Gerrard was a little hard.

    "Neither of them wanted to give way, and there is nothing wrong with that at all."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  104. 2021: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    A little bit of afters between Ashley Willliams and Steven Gerrard after the Liverpool skipper goes in hard to win a sliding challenge with his Swansea counterpart. A shove and a push, but no need for referee Michael Oliver to get involved.

  105. 2019: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool
    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

    This is probably Swansea's best spell of pressure in the match. Ben Davies' low cross just evades Wilfried Bony and Wayne Routledge, before Jonjo Shelvey whacks an effort well over from 20 yards. Nathan Dyer was begging for the pass.


    J in London via 81111: No one knows whether to boo or cheer Jonjo Shelvey.

  107. 2017: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Daniel Sturridge gets into a pocket of space between two defenders and is picked out by a ball from Steven Gerrard. The striker is ushered out onto his left foot by Chico Flores and, from an acute angle, fires over the top.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard must be in his element playing with these players. Daniel Sturridge, Victor Moses and Philippe Coutinho are always available, rushing around in front of him."

    Listen to commentary of Swansea v Liverpool on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  109. 2015: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    With Philippe Coutinho, Victor Moses and Jordan Henderson all dropping deep in search of work, Liverpool might find Daniel Sturridge getting a little isolated.

    A couple of times now, Steven Gerrard has resorted to hitting hopeful long balls towards their one out-and-out striker.

  110. 2012: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Wilfried Bony gets time to turn in front of Mamadou Sakho and he gets a crisp daisycutter for a shot away. Simon Mignolet gets down sharply to his right to make the save and he had to deal with a little nick off Sakho's leg into the bargain. Solid stop.

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    Ridhwaan Aziz: That's the definition of a roller-coaster of emotions.

    Paul Thompson: It seems a small part of Jonjo Shelvey still thinks he's playing for Liverpool! An unbelievable couple of minutes. Finally goals!

    Steven Jerjian: So in four minutes, we've seen why Liverpool bought Shelvey, and why they sold him.

  112. 2009: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    More nice play from Liverpool as the twinkle-toed Philippe Coutinho swaps passes with Jordan Henderson and wraps his left foot around the ball from 20 yards. It lacks venom though and Michel Vorm gladly accepts.


    Jack in Newcastle via 81111: Jonjo Shelvey having a nightmare. I predict he'll get an assist next, followed by a dismissal for an over enthusiastic challenge.

  114. 2007: 
    Swansea 1-1 Liverpool

    Martin Skrtel nods over the top from a Steven Gerrard corner and Liverpool are looking lively after that early set-back.

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    Varuth Kuonsongtham: Again!! It had to be Jonjo Shelvey!!

    Miracle Roch: I guess Mamadou Sahko doesn't justify the hype then.

    Dave Cassells: What a through ball by Shelvey to Daniel Sturridge... Oh wait, Shelvey plays for Swansea.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea 1-1 Liverpool

    "What is he thinking of? Jonjo Shelvey does not even look over his right shoulder.

    "It was so sloppy. There was no pace on the ball.

    "You wonder if Shelvey was still celebrating his goal?"

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  117. 2003: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-1 Liverpool - Daniel Sturridge (4 mins)

    Jonjo Shelvey must still be giddy on that opening goal. A woefully under-hit backpass is pounced on by Daniel Sturridge who, full of confidence, steadies himself and fires low and hard past Michel Vorm.

  118. 2002: 
    GOAL- Swansea 1-0 Liverpool - Jonjo Shelvey (2 mins)

    Just 87 seconds gone and Jonjo Shelvey is back to haunt Liverpool. He fails to make decent contact with a swipe from 25 yards, but he then surges past Mamadou Sakho and sweeps the killer shot past Simon Mignolet at the second attempt. Rocket start for Swansea.

  119. 2001: 
    KICK-OFF- Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    We are up and running. Liverpool will go back top of the league with anything other than a defeat.

  120. 1959: 

    It sounds like Brendan Rodgers has got a friendly reception from the home fans. He shook plenty of their hands on his way out.

    Injured Liverpool defender Glen JohnsonSwansea v Liverpool (2000 BST)

    "Huge game tonight. Wish I was playing!!!"

  122. 1958: 

    There is a bubbling atmosphere on the south Wales coast. This will be a real test of this Liverpool side, who have been a little lucky as well as silky in their first three top-flight games.

  123. 1957: 

    The team are in the tunnel. High fives exchanged between Simon Mignolet and Michel Vorm to keep the goalkeeping union strong. Ashley Williams, who famously said that he wanted to knock out Luis Suarez last season, leads out the Swans.

    Still a couple more games before anyone gets a chance to do that to the Uruguayan in a Liverpool shirt.


    Rich from Swindon via 81111: Above all the big money signings, I think a mention should be given to Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson. His work rate not only on the pitch, but to break fully into the first team, has to be admired. Admittedly, he still has way to go, but from being the laughing stock of the Premier League for the last two seasons to the player he is now is a great achievement. I wish him the very best of luck in the future.

  125. 1953: 

    We are still awaiting the Liberty Stadium's welcome for Brendan Rodgers, but the local tourist board have passed their verdict.

    They have taken exception to his failure to bring his Liverpool side to Swansea Bay on a pre-season tour, rather than trotting off around the globe.

    To be fair, I'm not sure that was entirely his call.

    Swansea v Liverpool (2000 BST)

    Statisticians Opta: 0 - Swansea have won none and lost four of their last six Premier League home games. Slump.

  127. 1950: 

    BBC Radio 5 live are reporting that Daniel Sturridge's thigh strain might not have been top of the Liverpool striker's mind during the warm-up.

    Apparently he found himself involved in a stare-off with a fan inside the ground and, feeling that it went beyond the supporter involved just watching his pre-match preparations particularly intently, reported the incident to one of the stewards.

    More on that as, when and if we get it.

  128. 1942: 

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Ben Davies, Shelvey, Britton, Dyer, Michu, Routledge, Bony. Subs: Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Tremmel, Vazquez.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Wisdom, Skrtel, Sakho, Jose Enrique, Gerrard, Lucas, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses, Sturridge. Subs: Brad Jones, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe, Kelly.

    Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

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    Russell Reynolds: Agree with John Hartson. Michael Laudrup yells to his players on the pitch, not at them. Very composed and gentlemanly.

    Tom Grogan: Exciting times at Liverpool. Some intelligent summer signings and Brendan Rodgers could build something special if he's given time.

    Gambeano Snitch: Michu has had a lukewarm start to season, expect him to make a statement tonight v Liverpool to remind us all of his talent.

  130. 1940: 
    Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge's numbers make for pretty tasty reading since his move to Liverpool from Chelsea in January.

    Sixteen goals in 20 games is some vindication for what was seen as a rather risky use of £13m by Brendan Rodgers.

    The striker has just been going through his warm-up on a clear night at the Liberty. No sign yet of the thigh problem that kept him out of England action over the past week.


    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup: "We have seven games now in 19 days including the Europa League because we did well last season by winning the League Cup, but we enjoy it and we have a very difficult game tonight. Liverpool have won all three games so they are a team with a lot of confidence."


    Yann via 81111: Will be interesting to see how this newly formed Liverpool defence copes with Wilfried Bony and Michu. Also excited to see how Jonjo Shelvey looks playing against us in a Swansea shirt! I hope it's our season!

  133. 1935: 

    It is difficult to predict what banging in a hatful of goals in the Dutch league will translate to in Premier League terms.

    For every Ruud van Nistelrooy there is a Afonso Alves. For every Luis Suarez, there is a Mateja Kezman.

    Wilfried Bony comes with the numbers after 31 goals in 30 league games last season for Vitesse Arnhem. So far, he is positioned towards the classier end of that spectrum for me.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea v Liverpool (2000 BST)

    "I think a lot of managers could look at the way Swansea's Michael Laudrup conducts himself. He never loses it on the touchline, like others often do.

    "He is a calming influence on his team."

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    Stephen, a Liverpool fan, via 81111: It's our year, but if not then next year is, and if not then... Well, you get the picture.

    Ali in St Andrews via 81111: Martin Skrtel & Mamadou Sakho at the back - has to be the scariest looking partnership ever!

  136. 1929: 
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Jonjo Shelvey is coming at tonight's match in the opposite direction from Brendan Rodgers of course.

    The shiny-topped midfielder's Anfield fate was probably sealed the day he got a rash red card against Manchester United and then got into a slanging match with Sir Alex Ferguson on his way off the pitch.

    However, after his £5m move to the Liberty he is feeling a lot better about life.

    "I don't regret leaving because I'd probably be on the bench at Liverpool," he said in the build-up to this one.

    That's the sort of down-to-earth attitude you expect from someone who grinned at West Ham fans singing "Harry Potter is coming for you" at him last season.

    A reference to his similarity to Lord Voldermort I believe.

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    Tom Holmes: Daniel Agger will be a miss today but Liverpool now have a lot of quality cover in that region. Think we'll have a good season, top 5 for me.

    Rhys Isaac-Jones: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers deserves credit for what he did for Swansea - sign Scott Sinclair. But Roberto Martinez was the man who set the ball in motion.

    Dominic O'Caollai: Liverpool always drop points after the international break. Missing Agger to organise could be crucial! Still our year, though...


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko: "Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers makes three changes from the side which earned a narrow 1-0 win against Manchester United a fortnight ago. New signings Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho, both signed on transfer deadline day, make their Reds debuts.

    "Chelsea loanee Moses starts in a three-pronged attack after replacing Iago Aspas and ex-Paris St-Germain centre-half Sakho comes in for Daniel Agger, who picked up a knock in training. Right-back Glen Johnson is ruled out with an ankle injury, which hands a first start of the season to England Under-21 captain Andre Wisdom."


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Jurejko: "Swansea manager Michael Laudrup brings two new faces into his starting XI from their opening Premier League win of the season at West Bromwich Albion in their last outing. Central midfielder Leon Britton replaces ankle-injury victim Jose Canas, while fit-again Nathan Dyer starts out wide. He comes in for Pablo Hernandez who misses out with a slight hamstring problem."

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea v Liverpool (2000 BST)

    "I am not surprised Daniel Sturridge is playing. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has come in for some stick about Sturridge's England absence, but Rodgers's priority is not how England do.

    "If Sturridge is fit to play, he starts."

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  141. 1916: 

    I am not a betting man, but Liverpool to win 1-0 with Daniel Sturridge to score, even allowing for the thigh problem that kept the Liverpool striker out of England action, was a fairly chunky 45-1 with one bookmaker before the teams were announced.*

    * The value of your investment on football matches can go down as well as up. In fact, you are probably best to write it off right now.


    Andrew Priestley: I think the international break came at the wrong time for Liverpool. Their early form and momentum now needs to be restarted.

  143. 1915: 

    Right, Swansea fans, Brendan Rodgers was greeted with a pretty even mix of jeers and cheers on his last visit to the Liberty Stadium. How much of the credit does he deserve for the Swans rise to the top flight?

    Is he standing on the shoulders of giants? A Roberto Martinez-shaped giant?

    Any Liverpool fans want to say that this is indeed their year? Anyone?

    #bbcfootball on Twitter or 81111 on text from UK phones is the place for such considered assessments and giddy predictions.

    Former Wales striker John Hartson at Liberty StadiumSwansea v Liverpool (2000 BST)

    "New Liverpool signing Mamadou Sakho has that big price tag, but it will be a big test for him tonight against Swansea attackers Michu and Wilfried Bony.

    "I think it will be a very tight game, as both sides set up in a similar way."

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  145. 1912: 

    It will be interesting to see how Mamadou Sakho gets on for Liverpool tonight. Full of promise apparently, but he had better be.

    It is difficult to justify an £18m outlay on a third-choice centre-half otherwise. The French defender signed from PSG on transfer deadline day.

  146. 1910: 

    Swansea had a tough start to the season with Manchester United and Tottenham the opposition for two of their first three league games.

    But Michael Laudrup hailed the 2-0 win over West Brom before the international break as "the perfect performance". Is this the time that their campaign kicks into gear?

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    The action on BBC Radio 5 live is under way with Jonathan Overend digesting the latest football news on The Monday Night Club.

    At 2000 BST, former Wales striker John Hartson joins John Murray for live commentary of Swansea v Liverpool from Liberty Stadium.

  148. 1904: 

    Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey start for Swansea with Michu and Wilfried Bony in attack for the hosts.

  149. 1902: 

    Striker Daniel Sturridge starts for Liverpool along with deadline day signings Victor Moses and Mamadou Sakho.

  150. 1900: 

    Swansea will recognise the buzz around the visitors dressing room at the start of this evening.

    Brendan Rodgers led them up from the Championship and to an 11th-place finish in the Premier League before heading on to Liverpool in May 2012.

    Probably fair to say that former Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona playmaker Michael Laudrup would not have been lured to south Wales before Rodgers' reign.

  151. 1855: 
    Liverpool celebrate against Manchester United

    Liverpool travel to Swansea tonight buoyed by 1-0 wins in each of their opening three league games. It is their best start to a campaign since 1994-95.

    Another three points tonight would surpass that mark and make it the Reds strongest burst from the blocks since 1990-91.

    A word of warning though.

    In 1990-91 the Merseysiders won their first eight games and still didn't end up with the silverware come May.

    It is still the earliest of days.

  152. 1850: 

    "This is going to be our our year."

    It has been an almost annual summer prediction from Liverpool fans since 1990, yearning for a 19th domestic title.

    But players like Stan Collymore, Paul Ince, Jari Litmanen, Harry Kewell, Mark Gonzalez, Javier Mascherano and Alberto Aquilani have all come and gone, without being the promised final piece of a title-winning picture.

    Chastened by four successive finishes outside the top five, nobody on the red half of Merseyside has been so bold this season. Yet.

    Victory tonight might just change that.

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As it stood on 16 Sep 2013 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 4 3 10
2 Arsenal 4 3 9
3 Tottenham 4 3 9
4 Man City 4 5 7
5 Man Utd 4 4 7
6 Chelsea 4 2 7
7 Stoke 4 1 7
8 Newcastle 4 -2 7
9 Everton 4 1 6
10 West Ham 4 1 5
11 Southampton 4 0 5
12 Cardiff 4 -1 5
13 Swansea 4 -2 4
14 Fulham 4 -2 4
15 Norwich 4 -2 4
16 Hull City 4 -3 4
17 Aston Villa 4 -1 3
18 Crystal Palace 4 -2 3
19 West Brom 4 -3 2
20 Sunderland 4 -5 1

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