Liverpool continued their unbeaten run in 2015 by picking up 3 vital points at Liberty Stadium, and they are now just 2 points outside of the top 4. It was Swansea that dominated much of the game however and the home team could have scored a couple after the first 45 minutes, but Jordan Henderson’s fortuitous goal in the 68th minute gave Liverpool the boost they needed and they were then able to comfortably see the game out.
For the 6th consecutive time Liverpool have managed to keep a clean sheet on the road, and this has been a contributing factor to their impressive climb up the table since the turn of the year. It was not all smooth sailing for the travelling team however, as in the first half it seemed more like Swansea were the team chasing Champions League qualification.
The home team controlled the tempo of the game from the get go, with Gomis going close after breaking free, before Mignolet brilliantly pushed away a fine curling effort from Gylfi Siggurdson. Liverpool failed to impact the game and were restricted to long range efforts, and this was largely due to Swansea’s excellent defending and high pressure as opposed to Liverpool’s poor play. Swansea knew they should have capitalised before the break, as it was expected that Liverpool would come out rejuvenated for the second half.
Brendan Rodgers’ half time team talk and an adjustment in formation clearly did the trick, as they were twice denied by fantastic saves from Fabianski. Liverpool finally broke the deadlock shortly after introducing Steven Gerrard when Jordi Almat’s sliding clearance ricochet off Jordan Henderson, looped over the keeper and bounced into the back of the net to the dismay of the home crowd and delight of Brendan Rodgers.
The goal deflated Swansea who were unable to control the game like they had in the first half, and Liverpool were able to see out the win and looked the more likely to add another with Sturridge striking the post in injury time.
It was a tough defeat for Swansea, who could have had the game wrapped up at half time but failed to capitalise. They remain on 40 points and will still feel confident that they can break their Premier League record of 48 points after another spirited performance.
Liverpool were far from their best, but like all teams in good form they managed to get the job done for their 10th win in 13 league games. They will now look ahead to Sunday’s enormous game against United, a season defining match for both teams. A win would lift Liverpool into the top 4 where they will feel they can remain for the rest of the season, leaving the likes of United, Southampton and Spurs on the outside looking in.