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Summary

  1. Henderson ricochet loops over Fabianski
  2. Victory takes Liverpool up to fifth
  3. Reds two points behind Man Utd who they face on Sunday
  4. Liverpool only unbeaten top-flight side in 2015

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By Luke Reddy

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Liverpool celebrate
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And with the top four leaving you with more questions and conundrums than answers, I will bow out to let you ponder.

What can we say about tonight? Liverpool dug in, Swansea missed their chance, Jordan Henderson scored a lovely fluke and the Reds will

head back north with the bounty.

Harsh on Swansea, the Welsh welcome in the hillside was just too welcoming and Liverpool win at the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

Thanks for your company tonight. Log on to BBC Sportsday on the BBC sport website from 08:00 GMT for all of the reaction, paper talk and pundit views.

And the top four is...

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So who is your money on for the top four places?

Premier League top six
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Liverpool's next two league games could prove critical as they host Manchester United and travel to Arsenal.

Southampton are just about still in it. Disappointment looms for some, the Champions League anthem for others.

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Gary Lineker tweets: Liverpool have really grasped that winning habit.

As for Swansea, they stay on 40 points but need just eight more from nine remaining games to record their highest ever tally in the Premier League. The Swans managed 47 in 2011-12.

All eyes on Manchester United

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Liverpool are now 13 league games unbeaten.

Steven Gerrard and SimonMignolet
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They face Manchester United at home on Sunday and United have just one win in their last six league attempts at Anfield.

Manager reaction

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Garry Monk
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Swansea manager Garry Monk talks to Sky Sports: "I think it's disappointment. There was an opportunity presented where we could have got something from that game. The first half we dictated, should have got a goal but credit to Liverpool they cam back out.

"They weren't creating a lot of chances, to concede the deflected goal we did is harsh on the players.

"Against these big teams in the moments where you are dominating you have to take your chances, get that gal, or two goals.

"Our passing became sloppy in the second half but for all their pressure they didn't have a lot of clear cut chances on our goal. I think we deserved at least a point from the game."

Manager reaction

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And here comes Garry Monk...

Manager reaction

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, speaking to Sky Sports: "I thought we were outstanding in the second half. In the first half we were nowhere near the level we expect. In the first half the 3-4-3 didn't work. We weren't pressing enough, and when we got the ball, we gave it away too cheaply. We changed the structure in the second half by going to a diamond and pushing the sides forward, and we were a lot better.

"It doesn't matter what system you play, the attitude and the energy are important. We weren't on it in the first half. But credit to Swansea, they played well. We shortened the pitch a lot better in the second half and started to create problems for them.

"There's no doubt Simon Mignolet's back to his best. We needed him in the first half. He's been excellent. Clearly now, you see his confidence, along with the team's."

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Hendo taking captaincy seriously

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Jordan Henderson
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Henderson managed the same tally in 2012-13.

Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "We can't wait for Sunday. We're high on confidence. United played well on Sunday. It will be a tough game, but we're at Anfield, and we're confident, so we hope we'll get the result we need."

Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a great result. We were very disappointed with our first half. The gaffer had a few words to say. I felt we passed the ball a lot better in the second and were solid at the back. We're delighted with the three points and we're looking forward to Sunday.

"It was a great pass from Daniel. It was a little bit fortunate, but you've got to be in the right positions to score."

Liverpool meet Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday. They currently trail fourth-placed United by two points.

Liverpool's title form

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If Liverpool's season had started at Christmas, they would be home and hosed for the title by now wouldn't they?

Since Christmas the Reds have taken 32 points from 12 league games, 10 more than Chelsea have in the same period.

Liverpool's improvement...

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Liverpool managed 10 shots in the second half to Swansea's four. A marked improvement.

Match stats
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An easy to sum up win...

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This game will be an absolute Pick 'N Mix for the cliche lovers.

Liverpool were not vintage. Only wins count at this stage. Is the fortunate goal a sign it's Liverpool's year.

Send me your own if you wish on #bbcfootball.

Player reaction

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen talks to Sky Sports: "It was extremely hard, especially first half. Swansea were on top, they mad us work very hard. We got it right in the second half and thankfully got the three points.

"It was disappointing to be honest with the run we have been on. Thankfully we went in level but came back out with maybe a better attitude. We matched them up with a diamond in the second half, changed our tactics and got it right."

FULL-TIME

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Former Wales striker John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

Steven Gerrard applauds the Liverpool crowd
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"It wasn't vintage Liverpool. It was battling, it was gritty - and they've come away with the win. Brendan Rodgers will have been delighted to get in at half-time at 0-0. They were fortunate with the goal but they were a lot better in the second half. Daniel Sturridge got into the game a lot more, and they showed they can win without necessarily being at their best."

FULL-TIME

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Daniel Sturridge swaggers over to the away fans with his shirt off and in his hands. You can see faces in the crowd smiling and begging for the memento and he launches it into a see of baying hands.

Liverpool got the job done tonight. Who needs ability when you can have good fortune? Jordan Henderson will not score a luckier goal but will he care? Not in the slightest.

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Philippe Coutinho plays in Raheem Sterling. The Liverpool forward attempts a cute effort but his strike goes just wide of the far post from 18 yards. Seconds left.

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Into the final minute of stoppage time. Liverpool break...

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One of the moments of the match sees Mamadou Sakho gallop forward on a mazy run. He looks like something we saw at Cheltenham last week but on ice.

Liverpool will keep the ball in the corner and run down 60 seconds of the 240 we will have added. Jonjo Shelvey boots Raheem Sterling in the air. That's another free-kick in the corner.

A big win on the cards. Liverpool still without loss in 2015.

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Just 90 seconds, what would Brendan Rodgers give for a long spell of possession now?

Coutinho draws a foul from Kyle Naughton, Swansea are eager but coming up short.

We said before kick-off they find themselves in mid-table, with nor threat of pushing for Europe or falling into relegation trouble. This game may sum up why. A good side but not quite there.

Four added minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers could also be about to share a record with Bill Shankly. Six straight away clean sheets are just four minutes away.

What is the saying at this stage of the season? 'It doesn't matter how you play, it's all about results.'

This performance embodies that mantra. Glen Johnson on for Adam Lallana who has not had a great night but neither have any of the other players on show.

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This has been much more controlled by Liverpool in the second period. Without perhaps the Roy of the Rovers impact, Steven Gerrard's presence has calmed the Reds down and they are six minutes from breathing down the necks of Manchester United who sit fourth.

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Nathan Dyer is on for Ki Sung-yueng but he has not yet touched the ball as Daniel Sturridge almost doubles the Liverpool lead. Raheem Sterling fires a cross at him like an arrow in the area. Sturridge needs the reflexes of an action hero to meet it and he cannot get enough purchase on it to add a finishing touch.

Superman, Flash Gordon, Action Man and others would have buried it.

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Opta Joe
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Jordan Henderson played down talk of inheriting the Liverpool captaincy from Steven Gerrard on a full-time basis next season. He has done his case no harm with the key moment here.

CLOSE!

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Sterling and Sturridge rotate. The latter is out on the flank and clips a delicious ball into the area as Sterling runs from deep... he's in on goal... over.

A good run, a better pass, a great chance and a shot that clears the cross bar. I think Sterling knew Fabianski was coming out and tried to lift his volley. It was a difficult take.

CLOSE!

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Montero's first action is to receive the ball in the final third and he will run at players but back comes Raheem Sterling to do nudge him off it. Diligent stuff from the Liverpool youngster and his endeavour is almost polished off by Coutinho who whips an effort over the bar from 30 yards.

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Former Wales striker John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

"Liverpool have got that all important goal, and Swansea will have to go at them now. It's a positive move by Garry Monk to bring on Jefferson Montero. But this is where Liverpool could be really dangerous now on the counter-attack, with the pace they have."

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Swansea turn to Ecuador, specifically Jefferson Montero from the bench for Wayne Routledge. Montero has gloves on, I suppose he is a winger.

The nature of Liverpool's opener will infuriate Garry Monk. He will curse his luck and the fact his side were so good in the first half will only serve to make the blow all the more sour.

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Former Wales striker John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty Stadium

Jordan Henderson scores for Liverpool
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"It's a great ball from Skrtel, there's a little touch on and it's Henderson going through, But it's a total freak goal. Jordi Amat gets across, Henderson closes him down and it flies in.

"Swansea had chance after chance in the first half, and deserved to go in at half-time in front. But when you don't take your chances, there is always the danger you will get caught."

GOAL

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Jordan Henderson celebrates his goal for Liverpool
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How is your luck? Bang in.

Jordan Henderson is celebrating with Liverpool fans and he may well be wise to play the Euro Millions on Friday because while his run is well judged, his finish is all about fortune.

The former Sunderland man races on to a through ball which is flicked into his path by Daniel Sturridge but as a defender hacks it clear, the ball rebounds off Henderson's shins and over Lukasz Fabianski into the net. A priceless goal. A goal of luck rather than judgement.

CLOSE!

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He's in, he's in... not quite. Daniel Sturridge looked like he was released by Philippe Coutinho but the keeper is too quick and Sturridge gives up his chase early.

The action is now more focused in the Swansea half though as Liverpool press more effectively and look more purposeful in their business.

Adam Lallana crosses... ALLEN...saved. It was a prod by Joe Allen but is well held by Lukasz Fabianski.

SUBSTITUTION

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The sight of Steven Gerrard coming off the bench prods these Liverpool players like a caged animal eyeing the feed bucket. They attack down the left through Alberto Moreno but his cross cannot be converted despite ricocheting around the box like a pinball.

That's it for Moreno, he's off for Steven Gerrard. A tactical reshuffle coming up.

Things to know about Swansea - 'Copperopolis'

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Catherin Zeta-Jones
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Swansea is able to mix modern beauty with an industrially rugged past.

The Gower Peninsula was the first area in Great Britain to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, while during the city's 19th-century industrial heyday, Swansea was a key centre of the copper industry, earning the nickname 'Copperopolis'.

Go there these days and you could bump into Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, who still owns a home in the city, or spend your day on one of several beaches.

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Swansea fans are hopeful as Gylfi Sigurdsson eyes a free-kick but his dipping effort bounces kindly in front of Simon Mignolet. The goalkeeper is in confident mood and engages in some daredevil passing across the back line but when Mamadou Sakho is the recipient, home fans begin the jeers and though Sakho finds a red shirt, Mignolet makes a botch up moments later.

Liverpool trying to cause their own downfall. Steven Gerrard is getting a tactical briefing.

GREAT SAVE!

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Definite improvement for the visiting side. South Wales suddenly feels welcoming for them as Raheem Sterling tricks his way into the box and his pull back is met by Philippe Coutinhoooooo... saved.

A very good low save at his near post by Lukasz Fabianski. Coutinho needed no invitation from 10 yards and side footed low at the near post.

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Suddenly Liverpool have legs and energy and Road Runner - Jordan Henderson - is the man offering the injection. He chases a loose pass but cannot quite get a shot off.

Not just football in South Wales you know...

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Elsewhere tonight Reading are

heading into the last four of the FA Cup, David Moyes is
currently overseeing a win for Real Sociedad in Spain, AC Milan have lost and Roma are being held 0-0. You can get all the finer detail by choosing either our FA Cup live or European live on the
BBC Sport homepage.

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A feisty start to the second period with a few heavy tackles but it's timid in terms of attacking intent. Coutinho, Sturridge and Lallana combine nicely on halfway and Sterling can run Neil Taylor to the dead ball line to clip an inviting cross...bravely headed away by Jordi Amat.

No away freedom at Liberty

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Jonjo Shelvey
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