With Francesco Guidolin speaking of the value of this game in terms of his employment prospects, he will have been delighted to see Leroy Fer give the Swans a surprise lead inside the opening ten minutes at the Liberty Stadium. Pouncing on Liverpool’s weakness of set-pieces, Jurgen Klopp described his side as ‘angry’ at half-time and it showed as they mounted a second half comeback.
Jordan Henderson’s delivery gave Roberto Firmino the opportunity to put his touch onto the ball and past Lukas Fabianski to draw the scores level early on in the second half and give the Reds a chance of regaining the three points on offer.
It was the Brazilian who was then forced over as Angel Rangel clumsily conceded an 84th minute penalty to allow James Milner to score his third penalty in a week as he smashed the ball home high and central into the net to spark wild celebrations in the away end and sighs of desperation from the home support.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we can take from the game…