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Liverpool v Swansea

23 Feb 2014, KO: 13:30

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Post That's it from our live coverage from Anfield on a day when the Reds had to dig deep to grind out what could prove a crucial 4-3 victory over Swansea City
Post Full reaction from Rodgers coming up on the homepage shortly
Post Rodgers: "I thought we were better when Joe Allen came on; I thought Joe was outstanding. I felt we needed to get hold of the ball and press it better. In the big games, we've been at our best. They've brought the best out of us - Tottenham, Arsenal, Everton. It was one of those games where there was maybe a little bit of pressure. Everyone wins the day before, even though you try to take that pressure off, mentally and psychologically there's maybe that feeling that you know you've got to win."
Post Rodgers: "We have probably been spoiled here at Anfield, to be honest. People will walk away and think: 'We're normally winning by three or four at half-time' - the game is over and everyone is sat comfortably and enjoying it. Today we had to fight."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "It was an excellent three points for us. Yet again the offensive side of our game was very good to get four goals. We didn't defend anywhere near well enough today in aspects of our game. But to come out if it with the three points, we're very pleased. It was very good win against an outstanding team."
Post Liverpool made 25 tackles today, winning 80 per cent of them
Post Of those passes, 83.7 per cent found their intended target
Post They had 53.5 per cent of the possession and made a total of 523 passes
Post Brendan Rodgers' men mustered up 21 shots on goal today, 10 of which were on target
Post Liverpool are also just four points off first-place Chelsea in the table
Post Today's result leaves the Reds six points clear of Tottenham in fourth place in the table, though Spurs have a game in hand
92 Ngog turns and shoots, but he can't get enough on it and it's easy for Mignolet
90 Three minutes of added time to be played...
90 Gerrard's in again here...but his effort is repelled by Vorm
90 Gerrard arrows one from the edge of the box...against the base of the post!
87 Suarez tries to clip one left-footed beyond Vorm, but the Swansea 'keeper claims
83 Johnson's attempted clearance cannons against Skrtel and loops towards goal...but it's an easy claim for Mignolet
79 Substitution: Victor Moses for Daniel Sturridge:
78 Substitution: David Ngog for Nathan Dyer:
76 Magical feet from Suarez, who tees up Henderson...saved by Vorm
74 Liverpool are back in front! Gerrard's long pass finds Suarez, whose volley is blocked by Williams. It rebounds for Henderson, whose initial effort is saved by Vorm, but he follows it up to tuck home. Get in!
74 GOAL! Jordan Henderson:
72 Substitution: Pablo Hernandez for Jonathan de Guzman:
70 Suarez shoots from range, but he's off target
68 Sturridge controls Gerrard's long pass on the edge of the box but he's crowded out
63 Gerrard whips a corner into the middle of the box...Suarez connects but it bounces over the crossbar
63 Substitution: Kolo Toure for Daniel Agger:
63 Allen finds Sturridge in space, but Williams makes an important block to thwart his effort
60 Sturridge spins on the edge of the box and tries a lob, but he's just off target
59 Bony's backheel sends De Guzman through on goal. He opts to drill his effort, but Mignolet is able to get a boot to it
58 Substitution: Joe Allen for Raheem Sterling:
55 De Guzman is not far off with a 20-yard free-kick...
52 Suarez goes beyond two and shoots...wide
51 Gerrard's delivery is hacked away by Bony
50 Sturridge wins a free-kick on the edge of the box
49 Gerrard's corner is met by a towering header from Skrtel, but the ball sails high into the Kop
49 Good stop from Vorm denies Suarez at close range
48 The Swansea striker makes no mistake from the spot
48 GOAL! Wilfried Bony:
47 Penalty to Swansea after Bony goes down under the challenge of Skrtel and Agger
46 SECOND HALF: LFC get us up and running again...
45 Substitution: Jose Canas for Jonjo Shelvey:
45 Dyer collects the ball in space on the corner of the box, but he drills well wide of the far post
45 Three minutes added time to be played at the end of the first half...
44 Routledge's corner finds the head of Rangel on the penalty spot, who glances wide
42 Bony skips beyond Agger and shoots low from distance...Mignolet needs to get down to turn it around the base of the post
37 Suarez tries an audacious lob from inside the centre circle that's not that far wide in the end. Well, you wouldn't put it past him, would you?
36 Brilliant team goal from Liverpool puts them back in front. Flanagan, Henderson, Coutinho and Suarez all combine before the No.7 floats a cross in with the outside of his boot to allow Sturridge to head home from close range
36 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
30 A dangerous set piece is headed away inside the six-yard box by Johnson
29 Taylor wins a corner for Swansea...
26 And Swansea are now level as Bony's header from a free-kick deflects off Skrtel's shoulder, leaves Mignolet wrong-footed and nestles in the back of the net
26 GOAL! Wilfried Bony:
26 First Booking: Martin Skrtel:
23 Ex-Red Shelvey reduces the arrears, curling a fine effort into the top corner from 20 yards after good play by Dyer. The midfielder earns applause from the home fans as he elects not to celebrate
23 GOAL! Jonjo Shelvey:
20 What a fine finish that was by Henderson. Collecting the ball on the edge of the box from Sturridge, he took one touch, adjusted his body and then nonchalantly curled an effort into the corner. Superb stuff from the midfielder
20 GOAL! Jordan Henderson:
19 Shelvey again moves into space, but this time his attempted curled is high over Mignolet's crossbar
18 Shelvey motors into space and shoots...deflected behind by Skrtel
16 Mignolet has to be alert to collect a low cross from Rangel before Bony can reach it
14 Shelvey whips an inviting ball across the face of goal, but thankfully Bony can't get on the end of it and Flanagan clears
11 Dangerous-looking ball into the box intended for Bony is cleared by Agger
8 Bony tries to play a ball through for De Guzman. It's cleared back to him by Agger, and the Swansea man drills high over the bar
5 Sterling's at it again...this time he fires a low effort at goal that Vorm needs to get down well at his near post to turn away
4 Magnificent play from Sterling results in the winger sending a delicious through-ball behind for Sturridge, who rounds Vorm and does the rest. A dream start
3 GOAL! Daniel Sturridge:
2 Glen Johnson has began at left-back today with Jon Flanagan operating down the right-hand side of the Reds' defence
1 Coutinho collects the ball on the edge of the box and cuts inside to shoot, but Flores gets a block on the effort
1 KICK OFF: Swansea get the game underway at Anfield
Pre A minute's applause is held pre-kick off for Sir Tom Finney, who sadly recently passed away
Pre Swansea substitutes: Tremmel, Amat, Tiendalli, Canas, Hernandez, Emnes, Ngog.
Pre Swansea team: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Taylor, Britton, de Guzman, Shelvey, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Teixeira, Toure, Moses, Allen, Aspas, Cissokho.
Pre The Liverpool team in full is: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge.
Pre TEAM NEWS - Brendan Rodgers has made three changes to his Liverpool line-up for today’s home clash with Swansea City – including a return to the starting XI for Jordan Henderson and Glen Johnson.
Pre We’ll have confirmed team news for you, directly from the dressing room, before anywhere else. Discover who Brendan Rodgers has named in his starting XI at around 12.30pm GMT.
Pre Build-up will begin on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 12.30pm GMT. Tune in after the final whistle too to have your say in our post-match phone-in; to get involved, simply phone 0845 234 4567, email, text 60070 starting your message with the word 'LFC' or tweet @LFC.
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Pre “Wilfried Bony,” she said. “The striker is in prolific form and full of confidence. Many sides this season, including Manchester City and Napoli, have failed to deal with the threat he poses and I think he will be able to exploit Liverpool's defensive frailties this afternoon. I also think Jonjo Shelvey will have an important role to play on his return to Anfield. Despite two costly errors in the reverse fixture, the character he demonstrated in that match was incredible and he was undoubtedly Swansea's best player on the pitch.”
Pre Swansea fan Abigail Davies provided us with the view from Wales ahead of today’s clash, and revealed which of her team’s players could offer the biggest threat to the hosts.
Pre At Anfield, Liverpool are unbeaten in their 12 league meetings against Swansea, winning nine and drawing three. They have kept eight clean sheets. Indeed, the Reds are unbeaten in their last 11 games at Anfield in league and cup, winning 10 and scoring 38 goals in the process.
Pre Rodgers can happily welcome defender Glen Johnson back into the squad for today’s encounter; the England international is available once again after being ruled out indefinitely last month. Jose Enrique, Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho remain on the sidelines.
Pre Discussing the challenge Swansea could pose, the boss added: “It will be a tough game for us. Garry Monk has taken over for the last three games and looks like he's galvanised the group. They are back to pressing the ball well, their positioning on the field is good and possession is good. It'll prove to be a tough game for us, I'm sure.”
Pre Rodgers commented: “We just need to keep doing them proud. Their support is so important for us, home and away. We hope to keep them positive. They are watching an exciting brand of football - a positive way of working and playing - and from what I hear they are enjoying it. We've just got to keep that going.”
Pre Speaking to ahead of the fixture, the manager shared the positive conversations he has been having with supporters recently and explained why continuing that sense of pride is vital.
Pre The objective for Liverpool when they take on the Welsh outfit is to maintain their position in the Premier League top four, with closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur also playing today – they travel to Norwich City later.
Pre Brendan Rodgers’ current side host his former club, with whom they drew 2-2 at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season. In the corresponding fixture last year, though, the Reds were resounding 5-0 winners.
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