Date: 2nd October 2016 at 8:59am
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The Reds are far from their best but grab all three points via a late penalty…

Liverpool showed the hallmark of all good teams on Saturday lunchtime by finding a way to win despite producing a largely substandard performance.

Hosts Swansea City bossed the first half in South Wales, making a mockery of their lowly league position and recent run of poor form to take a deserved early lead through Leroy Fer.

The Merseysiders were outworked and outplayed during the opening period but a half-time inquisition had the desired effect as the men in red upped their game considerably after the interval.

From the moment Roberto Firmino restored parity with his head in the 54th minute there looked likely to be only one winner.

Indeed it was a surprise that it took both another 30 minutes and a spot-kick for the men in red to net again.

In dispatching the ball past Łukasz Fabianski, James Milner recorded his fourth successful penalty of the season and in doing so handed manager J├╝rgen Klopp a fourth successive Premier League victory.

Commenting on the contest post-match, Klopp, who has now been in charge for a year, remarked: “Swansea did well, so that’s maybe the most important thing to say first, but we were really too static. It’s not allowed that it’s that easy to disturb our build-up.

“It was a little bit difficult and we tried to [replicate] it in training, we knew what they were going to do. It was pretty clear it would be similar to what they did against City so we knew where the spaces were but obviously it was a kind of misunderstanding.

“We didn’t do well. We were never compact enough for counter-pressing situations, which makes absolutely no sense, we lost a lot of balls. That’s not a big problem, it’s part of football, but we were not really in the [right] situation – that was the start of the game…

“The second half was better. We were still not brilliant but better. I think we deserved the win, even when I saw the last chance of Swansea, which if they score in that situation then it’s our fault and they deserve the point for sure. But I think over the whole second half we were the better team, so it was deserved.”

The come-from-behind victory came at a cost though with both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren succumbing to groin injuries.

“Dejan was one of the last moments of the game,” explained Klopp. “[It is a] groin [injury] for both, hopefully not that serious.

“Adam felt it, tried it again and it didn’t work. In this moment they have no chance for the national teams.

“But hopefully 16 days should be enough to bring them back onto the pitch for our next game.

“Things like this happen – there was no sign of it in the week. The pitch was a little bit wet, of course, so things like this can happen. It’s not too nice but nothing else.”

Liverpool’s next game is against Manchester United at Anfield on Monday, October 17.


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