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  1. Goodnight

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool celebrate

    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.

  2. And the top four is...

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

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

    Premier League top six

    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.

  3. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Match of the Day presenter 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.

  4. All eyes on Manchester United

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool are now 13 league games unbeaten.

    Steven Gerrard and SimonMignolet

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

  5. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Garry Monk

    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."

  6. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    And here comes Garry Monk...

  7. Manager reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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."

  8. Happy Hamann

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Didi Hamman Twitter
  9. Hendo taking captaincy seriously

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Jordan Henderson

    Henderson managed the same tally in 2012-13.

  10. Player reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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."

  11. Player reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  12. Liverpool's title form

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  13. Liverpool's improvement...

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

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

    Match stats
  14. An easy to sum up win...

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  15. Player reaction

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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."


    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

    Steven Gerrard applauds the Liverpool crowd

    "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."


    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  18. Post update

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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.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  21. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.


    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    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.

  23. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.


    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  25. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Opta Joe

    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.

  26. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  27. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  28. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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."


    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    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.

  30. Post update

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty Stadium

    Jordan Henderson scores for Liverpool

    "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."

  31. GOAL

    Swansea 0-1 Liverpool - Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson celebrates his goal for Liverpool

    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.

  32. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.

  34. Things to know about Swansea - 'Copperopolis'

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    Catherin Zeta-Jones

    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.

  35. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.

  37. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.

  38. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    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.

  39. No away freedom at Liberty

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Back comes Adam Lallana with a little hobble. It looks like it will loosen off as he begins to move more and more freely. Kyle Naughton inflicted the pain remember and he is now on the receiving end as Alberto Moreno leaves a bit on him. That's a yellow.

    Three in red on the warning colour now.

  41. Ouch!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    "Keeper" shouts Simon Mignolet as he plucks Wayne Routledge's cross out of the air. A loud sigh from Adam Lallana as he is mullered in a 50-50 tackle with Kyle Naughton. It's a knee-to-knee clash.

    The substitutes including Steven Gerrard warm up as Lallana is out on the rain-soaked floor.


    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    PM: Hope Louis van Gaal is taking notes on how Swansea City are guarding the lines and not allowing the ball to reach the Liverpool players.

    Stacy Phillips: Swansea are doing a great job at disrupting the usual Liverpool rhythm at the moment. Plan B time (whatever that is...)?

    Samir Hussen: Take Lallana out and bring on Gerard, move Henderson to the right to cover Emre Can. Close the spaces for Sigurdsson!

    Sounds like a well thought out plan Samir.

  43. KICK-OFF

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge

    The teams line up for the second period and some music from the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator plays over the PA. No sign of Russell Crowe, no tigers on the turf, Liverpool need to remember their weaponry if they are to be better.

  44. 'A club needs stability - it's sad'

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Sunderland's decision to sack Gus Poyet: "A new manager comes in and gives you a boost. You've seen it with Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, and at several other places down the years.

    "I wonder if Sunderland looked at the table and thought this was the time to make a change. Burnley are almost in touching distance, if QPR win next weekend, we're back in touching distance. But a football club needs stability. It's sad. It is a big club with a passionate fan base.

    "I thought Gus Poyet's last throw of the dice was Jermain Defoe, who he thought would get him the goals, and it hasn't happened."

  45. Post update

    Sunderland sack Poyet

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    "Dick Advocaat has been mentioned and Sam Allardyce has also been linked but Allardyce has a job to do at West Ham. I would think the likely caretaker roll would be Kevin Ball again. I can't see a permanent manager being named with nine games to go. They need stability and will be looking for a seventh manager in seven years which says it all."

  46. More from the Black Cats

    Sunderland sack Poyet

    A bit more on the Sunderland manager situation coming up as our team on BBC Radio 5 live have been dissecting Gus Poyet's sacking...

  47. Didi not having this...

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Dietmr Hamann Twitter

    Daniel Sturridge touched the ball 19 times in the opening half. Only Adam Lallana touched it fewer times - 17. Jack Cork got hold of the leather 52 times.

  48. Job done for Swans

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Ashley Williams
  49. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Paul Walmsley: Lallana a total passenger in this side. We need more movement and creativity from that area.

    Henry Blond: People go on about the team needing a rest... but often this is what happens after a few days off. We are asleep right now.

    Samwise: These are the type of games where Luis Suarez would pop up with a couple of goals and win it for us.

  50. The tale of the half

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Shots shared but the quality of the chances has favoured the side in white.

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty Stadium

    Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet punches clear

    "Mignolet has been the busier of the two goalkeepers. Liverpool have been second best in this half, but they still look a threat with Lallana, Sturridge, Coutinho and Sterling on the pitch."


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Swansea energetic, focused. Liverpool sloppy but surviving.

    Garry Monk will be thrilled with everything but the chances his side could not make the most of. As things stand, this is a good night for Manchester United, Southampton, Arsenal and maybe even Manchester City.

    Liverpool are still to be breached though. Like a good old George Graham side, their platform to build from is in tact.

  53. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Ki Sung-Yueng and Jack Cork are the midfield pass masters at the moment with 92% and 93% accuracy respectively. They are keeping Swansea honest and Ki has found himself in good positions in the box so far.

    Brendan Rodgers will be keen to get Liverpool in. This is not what he preaches but they have survived any damage and that is a blessing for their top-four hopes.

    One minute to be added.

  54. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling has two one-on-one chances to drive at Neil Taylor but he lets the Swansea left-back off the hook on both occasions, putting too much beef on his first cross and then under-hitting a pull-back to allow Jonjo Shelvey an easy interception.

    If this is the refreshed Liverpool Brendan Rodgers spoke about this week his tired side would find Sunday pub football hard. The Reds are far from at it.

    "Come on lads, we've not started yet." If you've not heard that one on a Sunday morning pitch then you haven't lived.

  55. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Times journalist Rory Smith at the Liberty Stadium: Liverpool have been distinctly ragged. For a team with nothing to play for, Swansea look like they have a lot to play for.

  56. Post update

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    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty Stadium

    "Swansea are playing with real freedom and they look the more likely to score. Liverpool are creating very little."


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Gylfi Sigurdsson had a sighter moments ago and he was just warming up for this curled effort from 20 yards. He has swerved it around Simon Mignolet, or has he? No. A brilliant diving parry by the Belgian.

    Short corner, well worked, the old Teddy Sheringham near-post move, Jonjo Shelvey fires just wide.

    Adam Lallana got a crucial deflection on it. Only one side looks likely at the moment.

  58. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Swansea's joy is coming down Liverpool's right hand side and Emre Can is getting shifted about with a mixture of Routledge's movement, Gomis's muscle and Neil Taylor's energy.

    Swansea City v Liverpool

    The midfield three of Shelvey, Cork and Ki are in good control and Cork starts another attack, intercepting Joe Allen's loose pass.

    Allen has completed 89% of his passes. Adam Lallana just 60%.

  59. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Gylfi Sigurdsson, a man Liverpool once came close to signing, is on the end of Neil Taylor's cut-back 18 yards from goal and shapes to shoot but turns on the ball in a bid to make more space. He wraps the right foot around it but no amount of bend will bring that effort on target. It's wide and over.

    Another good attack by the home side though. They are more fluid.

  60. Text us on 81111

    Join the debate on #bbcfootball

    Mo in Manchester: The only problem for me is that Rodgers plays this all out attacking football, but almost every side just comes and sits back now. That's when we end up looking average with no plan B and in three seasons surely we should've have a second plan.

    tweet us on #bbcfootball or text 81111.


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    A testing and fruitless 30 minutes for Liverpool are summed up as Philippe Coutinho clips a nice ball over the top but Daniel Sturridge's first touch only takes the ball away from goal and out for a goal kick.

    At the other end, the game's stand-out attacker Bafetimbi Gomis is sharp as he exchanges passes with Wayne Routledge and drills low from 20 yards, forcing a good save from Simon Mignolet. One handed, Mignolet was stretched and solid there.

  62. Post update

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    Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho

    Philippe Coutinho with one of those dipping, bending efforts. The kind good enough to beat Manchester City. Lukasz Fabianski clasps it though and holds the ball out in his arms as if he's proud of his achievement. We know you have it Lukasz. Well played.


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Raheem Sterling is the second Liverpool player into the book - he follows his captain Jordan Henderson. The youngster is rarely beaten for sleight of foot or pace, but Wayne Routledge does both and a little tug on the shirt ends his momentum.

  64. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Jordi Amat is at the heart of Swansea's defence tonight - his first start of the season - and his cool pass at the back starts an attack which ends in the Liverpool six-yard box.

    Gomis has a clear sight of goal, does he? No. Blocked by a mix of defenders and the loose ball trickles across the six-yard box towards Gylfi Sigurdsson but out rushes Simon Mignolet like a sprinter from the blocks to swipe the ball away.

  65. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Swansea have had the better of the opening quarter. They look intent, like they want to hurt Liverpool and inflict a first defeat on the visitors of 2015. Everyone wants to end a record don't they?

    Swansea City v Liverpool
  66. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Liverpool find the target for the first time in the match as Adam Lallana picks up a Daniel Sturridge knock down 25 yards from goal to fire a crisp volley at Fabianski. It's a routine save but a save none the less.

    Swansea are having none of it though and come out fighting, Bafetimbi Gomis at the back post... header... cleared in the six-yard box again by Martin Skrtel. The Liverpool defender has been well placed twice to nod efforts clear with that iron of a head of his.

  67. Ouch!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Swansea bettering the early exchanges with around 60% of the ball. They look purposeful while Liverpool are embodying an experienced old boxer, sizing up just what they face and how to go about handling it.

    Philippe Coutinho has got a sore one, he was caught by Kyle Naughton on the touchline.

  68. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    The Reds have now gone eight hours without conceding in a Premier League away game and they show just why as Joe Allen makes a critical interception.

    The deep midfielder has to be a flash in the box as Gomis beats Emre Can to close down on goal but there is Allen with a sliding challenge. Danger not over, Ki Sung-Yueng heads at goal but Martin Skrtel heads clear in the six-yard box.

  69. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Ashley Williams intercepts a long ball and traps it like he is Franco Baresi as the home side attack with a direct long ball at Bafetimbi Gomis. Martin Skrtel has to take robust action by intercepting and hacking for a corner. The big striker made his muscle felt there and the ease with which he caused trouble will please Swansea.

  70. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Martin Skrtel, Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Allen, they all get a touch as Liverpool knock the ball around without threat at the back. This is going nowhere is it? Yes. The home side snuff out the danger on the edge of their own box. Still, that will do the Reds' possession percentage no harm. A long spell.

    Jonjo Shelvey ensures Swansea don't have the same luxury. One of his raking, cross-field to no one specials.

  71. Can Monk do a Brendan?

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers
  72. CLOSE!

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Adam Lallana injects some momentum with a dribble, into Raheem Sterling who looks for shooting space but can't find it... Daniel Sturridge can...wide. A dragged effort from 20 yards dribbles wide of the left-hand post.

  73. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at the Liberty Stadium

    Swansea's Jack Cork holds off Philippe Coutinho

    "There's more pressure on Liverpool - they're pushing to get into the top four. They've got to come to this very tough place, with a terrific atmosphere. Swansea are a good footballing side. But I think this match is a very difficult one to call tonight.

    "It's interesting to see how Liverpool have started. They're pressing Swansea high up the pitch, and you have to do that. You can't let Swansea play."


    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Jordan Henderson has the legs for some serious coverage of grass and they gallop to tackle Neil Taylor as the Swansea full-back attacks down the left but Henderson comes up short and hacks his target down.

    Clear booking. In comes the delivery from wide and Simon Mignolet paws at it like a cat at the Christmas tree. He gets enough.

  75. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    Pass, pass, pass, Swansea's midfield diamond operates with some distinction early on but there is no cutting edge. Wayne Routledge tries to play a clever flick pass, that's troubling no one. Simon Mignolet's goal kick is troubling the front row of fans though. A slice.

  76. Post update

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    "Nice one, thanks for that mate."

    That's what Lukasz Fabianski must be thinking as Ashley Williams gives him an absolute rotter of a backpass. It results in a Liverpool corner but Martin Skrtel heads over. No second goal of the season for him.

  77. KICK-OFF

    Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

    "And we were singing, hymns and arias..."

    The Swansea fans make their vocal range known as the referee prepares to whistle and he does. We are off.

  78. A record in sight

    Swansea City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool's defenders can join some great names in sharing a rare record this evening.

    Liverpool in 1972 with Emlyn Hughes and Kevin Keegan

    The last time the Reds went six away games without conceding a goal came in 1972, with Emlyn Hughes (left) marshalling things at the back.

    Tonight Liverpool can reach half a dozen trips on the road without leaking a goal. The only other time the club achieved the run came in 1965-66.

  79. Post update

    Swansea City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

    Here come the players, out of the tunnel, through a tunnel of applauding ball boys with flags and into the Swansea night.

    Let's get the friendly handshakes out of the way and have a match full of incident please gents. The surface looks good but back inside, managers Brendan Rodgers and Garry Monk embrace. They look like they don't want to let go. An old tale or two is exchanged, while back out on the turf, the Swansea PA system blares out: "Welcome to the main event... let's get ready to rumble."


  80. Get involved - who will miss out on the top four?

    Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jamel McFarlane: Man City will miss out because their form is really poor.

    Jack Richardson: Arsenal are in good enough shape for second or third now. Liverpool and United will scrap for fourth - with LFC coming out on top.

  81. Red camaraderie

    Swansea City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

    Liverpool's players engaged in several dozen high-fives before going back down the tunnel for their final team talk. They look bang up for this.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers said his side's last outing - a goalless FA Cup draw with Blackburn - arrived at the end of a tough run of fixtures but that they are now "refreshed and energised".

    We will find out if that is the case in 10 minutes. Liverpool must have looked on in anger as those around them picked up good weekend results. A big night for them you feel.

  82. Watch the FA Cup quarter-final live

    Reading 0-0 Bradford City

    There is one other match taking place this evening, and you can watch it live.

    This website has full BBC One coverage, plus radio and text commentary, of the FA Cup quarter-final between Reading and Bradford. 0-0 in the early stages.

  83. Need your ingredients

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    Swansea fans, need a carrot or spud to make that bowl of Scouse I've just mentioned down in South Wales? I can point you in the direction of an allotment.

    The Vetch Field site

    The club's old ground, The Vetch Field, is now a park and allotments in the middle of the city and it played host to many a frustrating afternoon for Liverpool fans.

    The Reds have three draws in three games at the Liberty Stadium but won just twice in their 10 league visits to the Vetch Field.

  84. Things to know about Liverpool

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    A bowl of Scouse

    If you find yourself in Liverpool and are one of those 'sign me up to local life' types while you're away, then indulge in a bowl of Scouse.

    The dish, which it is thought was introduced to the city by sailors, is a bit like a stew, with meat, vegetables and potatoes. It's essentially a dream on a cold winter's day and locals sometimes accompany it with pickled beetroot or bread.

    Legend has it the meal turned Jonjo Shelvey from a boy to a man...

  85. Slick under foot

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    It is raining at the Liberty Stadium. Lots of the wet stuff falling which should make for a slick surface, ideal you may think for two sides who tend to want to pass the ball.

    Liverpool go through some final shooting drills. Emre Can's hair gel stands up to the elements and not one hair, not one single hair, is out of place. Can has become something of a pin up on Merseyside.

    You can tune into BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra for full commentary.

  86. Gerrard the substitute

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    Steven gerrard and Brendan Rodgers
  87. The old passing the new

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    They say a picture tells a thousand words.

    Steven Gerrard walks past some Swansea fans

    As this new generation of Swansea City fans look on as a man who has led an entire generation of Liverpool fans wanders past, one wonders what must be going through his head.

    Rarely has a Premier League player had such a high profile, but would he have ever envisaged bowing out of the game in England as a squad player?

    Steven Gerrard is on the bench for Liverpool for the third time this season. Only in 2011-12 was he named as a substitute more times than in the current campaign (six)

  88. View from the terraces

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    Swansea City supporter Abigail Davies, a recent contributor to the club's 'Jack to a King' film: "It's easy to forget that this is Garry Monk's first full season in management. He's adapted remarkably well to the position and assembled a strong side with an ability to play in a more versatile manner than we've been accustom to seeing from the Swans since entering the top flight.

    "As well as the free-flowing passing movements that have served Swansea City so well in the past, there is now a steely grit about the team that makes them difficult to break down and beat. A far more astute outfit, far less predictable and where under other managers the team has faltered and struggled when allowed little time on the ball to dictate play, they now look to other outlets and means to grind out a result, a feat that I'm sure will help the Swans surpass previous Premier League records."

  89. An average, lovely team?

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    Dylan Thomas described Swansea as "an ugly, lovely town," so with the local team mid-table in the Premier League - football's place of relative indifference, one wonders what he would have had to say.

    A win tonight would move Swansea from ninth to eighth, but they would still be seven points adrift of seventh-placed Tottenham.

    So is this over-achieving, under-achieving or finding their level?

    Premier League mid-table
  90. Things to know about Swansea - "The bar was our altar"

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    One of Swansea's greatest sons is poet Dylan Thomas.

    Dylan Thomas

    His works have been quoted in television shows and films, including 2014 space epic Interstellar.

    In his much-cited work: 'Do not go gentle into that good night', Thomas writes:

    Do not go gentle into that good night,

    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Thomas died at the age of 39 in New York. He suffered with alcoholism and his wife Caitlin later wrote: "The bar was our altar".

  91. Swans chairman frustrated by schedule

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    Dafydd Pritchard

    BBC Wales Sport at the Liberty Stadium

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Brendan Rodgers takes his in-form Liverpool side to the Liberty Stadium, a ground the Northern Irishman knows well after his two years in charge of Swansea.

    As you might expect, the match programme is crammed with warm words for Rodgers from Swansea's manager Garry Monk, captain Ashley Williams and chairman Huw Jenkins.

    Among Jenkins' usual pleasantries, however, there is a criticism of British football's season structure - Swansea haven't played since losing to Tottenham on 4 March.

    "This season has been all stops and starts right from the beginning," Jenkins writes. "I'm not sure the continuous breaks since January for internationals and the FA Cup really helps Premier League teams produce quality football week in, week out."

    Brendan Rodgers
  92. A map of joy in few places

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    Across Great Britain's Premier League regions, rarely is peace and inner happiness felt.

    On Merseyside, Liverpool may well be that anomaly, that freak team for which the world smells of roses at the moment.

    The Reds are unbeaten in 2015, with nine wins and three league draws.

    Swansea City v Liverpool

    So impressive is the form that Brendan Rodgers has cultivated, that his side have picked up 31 points from 14 games. They only won 20 from their first 14 league matches.

  93. Poyet departs at Sunderland

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    Elsewhere in the Premier League today the big news comes from Sunderland, who have parted company with manager Gus Poyet.

    Chairman Ellis Short cited a lack of progress at the Stadium of Light.

    The club's former striker Marco Gabbiadini tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's a difficult time to make a change. He could have maybe got away with it but some of the things Gus has been coming out with have been a bit puzzling lately. It's like he almost talked himself into the sack. I think most people in Sunderland realised he'd possibly be going in the summer but after the performance on Saturday, I don't think the players believed in the manager anymore."

  94. Post update

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    Former Wales striker John Hartson

    BBC Radio 5 live at the Liberty Stadium

    "Not many teams come to Swansea and win. They're already on 40 points. They want to beat their Premier League record of 47. Liverpool will have to be at their best tonight.

    "Steven Gerrard is professional enough to appreciate that he's been out for a month and Liverpool have done very well. He can't just walk back into the side in the form that they're in."

  95. 74 the magic number

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    Brookside Close

    Liverpool's erratic form, which at one point had all the ups and downs of a good old episode of Brookside, has been replaced by a steady, rising, polished footballing product.

    Liverpool form chart

    The Anfield club are top of the Premier League form table, with five wins and a draw from six games, form which puts them fifth and manager Brendan Rodgers says 74 points will secure a place in the top four.

    "We have 30 points to play for so I am guessing it will be another 23 points," said Rodgers, whose side will move back to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United if they beat Swansea.

  96. Team news

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    Liverpool and Swansea teamsheet

    No one in Liverpool's squad has a "God-given" right to walk into the team according to manager Brendan Rodgers and the clubs' most recent incarnation of a higher being - Steven Gerrard - experiences the full reality of that mantra tonight.

    Gerrard is on the bench despite being available for the first time since 10 February after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    Swansea City make just one changes as Jordi Amat replaces Federico Fernandez, who has returned home for family reasons.

    Swansea City XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Ki, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis.

    Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Allen, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge.

  97. No Mario drama

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    Mario Balotelli

    No crazy hair, celebrations, tantrums or fireworks from Mario Balotelli this evening. The striker is suffering from an illness and is tucked up with his slippers on back on Merseyside.

    What other news will Liverpool's teamsheet drop on us? Their talismanic captain Steven Gerrard (who is perhaps not as talismanic anymore) is fit after a hamstring injury and could feature, while Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho have also recovered from issues.

  98. Gomis suffered dizziness in training

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    Befetimbi Gomis

    Bafetimbi Gomis is likely to be back involved with Swansea City tonight 12 days after collapsing on the pitch in their 3-2 defeat at Tottenham.

    The club played down the incident, stating they knew Gomis has a long-standing condition, but manager Garry Monk says the striker suffered a bout of dizziness in training since.

    "It was not the same situation as in the Spurs game where he fell to the floor, but we had a situation on the training pitch," Monk says.

    "Bafe did not pass out but he had a dizzy spell, and we sat him down for five minutes and then he resumed training."


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  100. Pressure bonus for Rodgers

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    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects his side's run to within a whisker of winning last season's Premier League title to be of benefit as they hunt down a Champions League qualification place.

    A haul of 12 wins from 14 matches got the Reds to within touching distance of the unthinkable last season and while the goal may not be as glittering, Rodgers says his side will be comfortable under pressure as they battle Manchester United, Tottenham, Southampton, Arsenal and maybe even Manchester City for a top-four spot.

    "Last season will help us," says Rodgers. "We dealt really well with the pressure. We won 12 out of 14 in the run-in and it was unfortunate that we lost one."

  101. Jonjo the nosey neighbour

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    If Steven Gerrard was watching Football Focus on Saturday he may have been tempted to buy some new curtains.

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Why? Well his former team-mate turned Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey told the audience all about living next door to the Liverpool captain in Formby.

    "It was a bit mad to be honest with you," Shelvey said. "I've gone from living in a three bedroom council house with my brother, sister, mum and dad to living in Formby next to Steven Gerrard. From my bedroom you could see into the back of his house and I was always looking."

    It sounds like you were too eager to learn Jonjo. We only hope you do not own binoculars. Shelvey has all the makings of a villain in this story, he even stalks his prey.

  102. The perfect villain

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    Steven Gerrard and Jonjo Shelvey

    You can almost see it now. The final minute of his final league game, Steven Gerrard has a chance - probably a volley - to bank Liverpool a Champions League place, his parting gift if you will.

    Swansea City have the chance to rip up - or at least do serious damage to - the script tonight and what if, as is so often the way in dramatic productions, Gerrard used to live next door to the one who would ultimately dash his dream ending?

    Could his old next-door neighbour Jonjo Shelvey be lurking in the shadows to deliver an early plot twist?

  103. Ten more for Stevie G

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    Liverpool started the season like a team with many new parts, none of which worked properly...

    Mario Balotelli

    The talisman announced his future departure, so is he going out with a whimper?

    Jordan Henderson and Steven Gerrard

    Not yet it seems. The Reds are now flying, Steven Gerrard is not even a guaranteed starter but football stories so often have a dramatic final chapter. With 10 games to go, is the Reds' Roy of the Rovers about to start writing his?

    Roy of the Rovers