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Liverpool 4-3 Swansea City

By Graham ChaseBBC Sport
Jordan Henderson
Jordan Henderson

Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored twice as Liverpool beat Swansea in a thriller to tighten their grip on fourth place in the Premier League.

Sturridge's opener came two minutes in and Henderson soon bent in a second.

But Jonjo Shelvey pulled one back with a fine 20-yard shot and Wilfried Bony headed in off Martin Skrtel to level.

Sturridge headed in his second from Luis Suarez's cross but Bony pulled Swansea level from the penalty spot before Henderson stabbed in the winner.

The best and worst of Liverpool was once again on show as the Reds closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea to four points.

But manager Brendan Rodgers was once again relying on his team's attacking class to override its defensive deficiencies as they maintained their bid to end a five-season exile from the Champions League.

There were flashes of fine forward play as Sturridge became only the second player to score in eight consecutive Premier League matches, taking his tally to 18 league goals for the season in the process.

The Reds are now the Premier League's top scorers with 70 goals but looked ragged at the back far too often for Rodgers's comfort.

Rodgers salutes 'brilliant win'

Garry Monk's Swansea, who remain four points above the relegation zone, deserve credit for the way they fought back from Liverpool's early goals, and showed no little quality themselves after the exertions of Thursday's goalless draw with Napoli in the Europa League.

The hosts moved in front after just two minutes when Raheem Sterling played through Sturridge, who took the ball around visiting keeper Michel Vorm and clipped it into an empty net.

But the Reds were far from convincing, and Swansea had created two chances for Bony before Henderson doubled their advantage.

Sturridge chased down a long ball from Suarez and drifted in from the right before laying off for Henderson to bend a shot into the top corner.

But two minutes later the visitors made good on their early threat, Nathan Dyer cutting in from the right and feeding former Liverpool man Shelvey, who curled a first-time shot into the top corner off the underside of the bar.

And Monk's side were level four minutes later when Jonathan de Guzman's free-kick was headed in by Bony via a deflection off Skrtel.

But Liverpool restored their advantage 10 minutes before the break when Philippe Coutinho found Suarez and the Uruguayan lifted a cross to the far post for Sturridge to head in.

Again the lead was destined not to last. Two minutes after the interval Skrtel was penalised for his grapple with Bony in the area and the Swansea striker found the corner with the resulting spot-kick.

As the hosts looked to go back in front, Vorm turned wide from Suarez and Skrtel headed over from the Steven Gerrard corner that followed.

Swansea deserved something - Monk

De Guzman bent a free-kick just wide at the other end but with 15 minutes left Henderson stabbed the Reds ahead for the third time.

Suarez's shot was blocked by Ashley Williams and after Vorm blocked Henderson's first shot the England midfielder prodded in the rebound from six yards.

Liverpool were not about to give up the lead again and Gerrard even had a late effort deflected on to the post by Chico Flores as they pressed for a fifth.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 38Flanagan
  • 2Johnson
  • 8Gerrard
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 26mins
  • 5AggerSubstituted forK Touréat 63'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 10Coutinho
  • 7Suárez
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forMosesat 79'minutes
  • 31SterlingSubstituted forAllenat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 20Cissokho
  • 24Allen
  • 53Vilaça Teixeira

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 4Flores Moreno
  • 6Williams
  • 12DyerSubstituted forNgogat 78'minutes
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes
  • 10Bony
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forCañas Ruiz Herreraat 45'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 11Hernández
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 21Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 25Tremmel
  • 54Ngog
  • 57Emnes
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
44,731

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away14
Shots on Target
Home10
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Liverpool 4, Swansea City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Swansea City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Ngog (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Joe Allen tries a through ball, but Luis Suarez is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by David Ngog (Swansea City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Flanagan.

  10. Post update

    Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

  12. Post update

    Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Ngog (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Daniel Sturridge.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. David Ngog replaces Nathan Dyer.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

  19. Post update

    Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea27186349212860
2Arsenal27185452272559
3Man City26183569274257
4Liverpool27175570353556
5Tottenham2715573633350
6Man Utd27136843311245
7Everton26129537271045
8Newcastle27124113338-540
9Southampton2710983832639
10West Ham2787123134-331
11Hull2786132931-230
12Swansea2777133640-428
13Aston Villa2777132737-1028
14Norwich2777132039-1928
15Stoke2769122742-1527
16Crystal Palace2682161836-1826
17West Brom27413103139-825
18Sunderland2666142642-1624
19Cardiff2757151948-2922
20Fulham2763182759-3221
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