Swansea City stunned Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday afternoon as the relegation strugglers breathed life into their survival bid and put a severe dent in Jurgen Klopp’s title hopes.
Paul Clement’s side raced into a two-goal lead at the start of the second half courtesy of Fernando Llorente who was also aided by some kamikaze defending by the hosts. The experienced Spanish forward has now netted eight times in just nineteen Premier League appearances this campaign, a significant number considering he has been a bit-part player in a struggling team, and he demonstrated his pedigree in front of goal with a close-range finish and a thundering header.
However, Swansea were unable to hold back the ensuing Liverpool onslaught and when a brace from Firminio dragged the scores level with twenty minutes of the contest still remaining it appeared that there would only be one winner. Divock Origi was denied by a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski before Adam Lallana rattled the crossbar with a fierce drive, but it would be the visitors who would score the decisive goal. The Swans constructed a fluid counter-attacking move and when Ragnar Klavan’s attempted interception rolled into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson the Icelandic midfielder drilled his shot beyond Simon Mignolet.
The victory moves Swansea out of the relegation zone whilst Liverpool drop down to fourth place, behind Tottenham and Arsenal, and nine points short of league leaders Chelsea.
Paul Clement breathes life back into Swansea’s season
As a football club, Swansea City have lost their way somewhat this season. The Swans have been stranded in the relegation zone for the vast majority of the campaign and have already sacked two managers in a desperate attempt to turn around the team’s fortunes on the pitch. However, it could well be third time lucky with Paul Clement appearing to have breathed life back into their survival bid.
Clement sent his side out with a positive attitude at Anfield and they were well worth their victory on Merseyside. New signings Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll were energetic and effective whilst Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson provided the quality in front of goal that The Swans have been lacking for much of the campaign. More impressively, the visitors demonstrated superb character to hold off the Liverpool onslaught when the score had been levelled and were able to snatch an invaluable winner on the counter.
Swansea are now two points clear of the relegation zone and this result could spark life into their season.