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Swansea City 0-1 Liverpool

Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson's goal was his sixth in all competitions this season
  • Liverpool record fifth straight league win
  • Rodgers wins on Swansea return
  • His side are two points outside top four
  • Liverpool's first win at Liberty Stadium

Liverpool moved within two points of the Champions League places and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 league games with a hard-earned win at Swansea.

Swansea dominated the first half but, thanks to Simon Mignolet's fine saves from Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was goalless at the interval.

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Liverpool were vastly improved after the restart and scored a fortuitous winner when Jordi Amat's clearance deflected off Jordan Henderson and into the net.

The Reds remain fifth in the Premier League table but are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who they host on Sunday.

The mouth-watering prospect of that match at Anfield served as inspiration for Liverpool, who were aiming to seize on the indifferent recent form of their rivals for the top four.

There was also the matter of personal pride for manager Brendan Rodgers, returning to the club he managed for two years before moving to Anfield in 2012.

Rodgers' final game in charge of Swansea was a 1-0 victory against Liverpool a month before his move.

The Swans, who have not beaten Liverpool in the league since then, were aiming to become the first team to beat the Reds in the Premier League in 2015, and they made a purposeful start.

Shut-out kings
Liverpool have kept six consecutive clean sheets away from home in the top flight for the third time - having previously done so in 1966 and 1972.

Their fluid five-man midfield controlled possession early on, while Gomis had the first genuine chance as his low shot was pushed away by Mignolet.

The Belgian goalkeeper produced an even better save five minutes later, stretching to turn a curling effort from Sigurdsson around the post.

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Having been in such fluent form lately, Liverpool were restricted to a couple of hopeful long-range shots by Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Their frustration was typified by yellow cards for Henderson and Raheem Sterling but, having withstood so much pressure, they might have been relieved to enter the break on level terms.

Liverpool emerged for the second half a different team, with Coutinho and Joe Allen both forcing Lukasz Fabianski into saves.

Rodgers' side increased the tempo and, moments after bringing on club captain Steven Gerrard, they took the lead in fortuitous circumstances.

Henderson bore down on goal and, although Amat got to the ball first, his sliding clearance hit the Liverpool midfielder and looped into the net.

The visitors took control from that point and, while Sturridge could only hit the post when well set in injury time, Liverpool were ultimately comfortable winners as they sealed a 10th win in 13 league games.

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet's first-half save from Gylfi Sigurdsson helped ensure a sixth successive away league clean sheet
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard returned as a second-half substitute after a month out with a hamstring injury
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge - who has hit three goals since returning from injury in late January - hit the post for Liverpool
Brendan Rodgers
Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool side have taken 32 points from the last 36 available

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 2Amat
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 24Cork
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forDyerat 80'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 23SigurdssonSubstituted forEmnesat 89'minutes
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forMonteroat 73'minutes
  • 18Gomis

Substitutes

  • 7Britton
  • 11Emnes
  • 12Dyer
  • 17Oliveira
  • 20Montero
  • 22Rangel
  • 25Tremmel

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forJohnsonat 88'minutes
  • 14HendersonBooked at 6mins
  • 24Allen
  • 18MorenoBooked at 50minsSubstituted forGerrardat 64'minutes
  • 31SterlingBooked at 26mins
  • 15Sturridge
  • 10Coutinho

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 2Johnson
  • 4K Touré
  • 6Lovren
  • 8Gerrard
  • 9Lambert
  • 50Markovic
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,828

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 0, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Liverpool 1.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a through ball following a fast break.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Glen Johnson replaces Adam Lallana.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City).

Attempt missed. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Joe Allen.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Neil Taylor (Swansea City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Wayne Routledge.

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from long range on the right is too high. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 0, Liverpool 1. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Joe Allen (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Steven Gerrard replaces Alberto Moreno.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

goal

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2Man City29177559283158
3Arsenal29176656302657
4Man Utd29168550262456
5Liverpool29166743301354
6Southampton29155940211950
7Tottenham2915594642450
8Stoke29126113335-242
9Swansea29117113338-540
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11Newcastle2998123246-1435
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13West Brom2989122736-933
14Everton29710123641-531
15Hull29610132637-1128
16Aston Villa2977151938-1928
17Sunderland29414112343-2026
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19QPR2964193052-2222
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