Football News: Liverpool vs Swansea - Match review

 

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A relatively straightforward victory for Liverpool against a very poor Swansea team who seem to be going through the motions and look destined to play next season in the Championship. Liverpool started really well with their pressing game on point and in the sixth minute, they deservedly took the lead after some great pressing from Firmino after which the ball made its way to Coutinho who finished brilliantly past Fabianski.

After scoring, Liverpool dropped the tempo which allowed Swansea to get a foothold of the game and they dominated the ball with Liverpool having only 49% possession at one stage. Swansea created a couple of shooting opportunities but Liverpool's defence coped with them relatively well.
Second half we saw a totally different Liverpool.

Swansea couldn't live with Liverpool's attack and with the defence under no pressure at all, it turned into a practice session of attack vs defence with Liverpool scoring 4 more goals. In all, a clinical performance from Liverpool against one of the poorest teams in the league.
Klopp- Would have been disappointed with the first half performance after scoring an early goal. Must have had some stern words for the team during half time because Liverpool came out firing all cylinders in the second half and put Swansea to the sword.

Mignolet- I was really disappointed that Klopp did not drop Mignolet because it was the perfect moment to drop him after a ridiculous error in the previous game. With regards to the game, he couldn't have had an easier night with little to no attacking threat from Swansea.

Trent Alexander Arnold- I thought he was absolutely outstanding and my MOTM. Defensively he had Jordan Ayew in his pocket throughout the match and offensively he was a great threat. Took his goal really well showing more desire than Ayew to get to the ball.
Matip- Couldn't have chosen an easier game to play after coming back from an injury. Brought the ball out of defence really well.

Klavan- Absolutely bossed Mcburnie who was making his first premier league start. Looks really settled in the defence after starting 6 consecutive games.
Robertson- Once again not a good performance from him. All of Swansea's threat came down his side with Routledge getting past him a couple of times. Also his attacking play doesn't seem to be improving. Hopefully next season after a full pre-season under his belt, he can get better both defensively and offensively.
Can- A decent performance from Can. Did his job protecting the defence and got forward a couple of times.

Gini- That was a much better performance from Wijnaldum. His passing was much crisper and he got forward really well. He needs to get some consistency in his game with a couple of tough games coming up.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain- He seems to growing in confidence with each passing game. He presses really well and also looks a goal threat every time he gets in the box. Finished his goal brilliantly after some good control. His interviews are also helping in winning over a lot of the fans.
Coutinho- What a goal to give Liverpool the lead. Seems to give his best performance when given the captain's armband. I criticised his defensive work in the previous game but if he can keep scoring and creating goals every game then there is not a lot to complain about.
Salah- When the king is not scoring, he is assisting. Gave Olsson a torrid time without being at his best. Got a well deserved rest for the last 25 minutes.
Firmino- Another brilliant performance from our No.9. Scored 2 goals and probably should have had another.

Substitutes
Solanke- He impresses every time he steps on the pitch. His link-up play was really good and his awareness around the box is also impressive. Will definitely get game time in the next couple of weeks with so many games to be played.
Lallana- He looked a little bit rusty after coming back from a long term injury. Doesn't seem to have forgotten his trademark Cruyff turn. Will be a crucial player for us with Henderson injured till February.
Milner- Played left-back, giving Robertson a rest. Made a couple of really good runs in behind the Swansea defence.

Written by Sturridge Wave 15



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