Swansea v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool made it four successive wins in the Premier League as they defeated Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium - see how the game unfolded below.
- Fer gives hosts an eighth-minute lead
- Firmino levels things up with second-half header
- Milner wins it late on for the Reds from the spot
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Liverpoolfc.com's Chris Shaw has the lowdown on that victory for you - take a gander at his on-the-whistle match report here.
Dejan looks pretty pleased with that one.
Enjoy that win even more by taking a look at the stats behind it all.
Not sure if there's one for 'nails bitten', though...
Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool
What a comeback from the Reds!
They looked up against it when the Swans took an early lead and effectively dominated the first period, putting in a performance that shows why they aren't expected to be near the foot of the Premier League for long.
But a well-taken header from Roberto Firmino and nerves of steel from James Milner in dispatching a late spot-kick ensured the visitors take three points home with them. Get in!
Swansea should be level and the home fans know it.
Rangel swings in a cross from deep and there's uncertainty in the Reds' backline, which gives Mike van der Hoorn the freedom of the box to score.
Thankfully, he sidefoots wide, and the visitors are surely going to hold on now.
Four added minutes for the Reds to see this out. Come on, lads!
So close to 3-1.
Can is released into the area by Origi after a brilliant supporting run but the deflection on his low cross sends it straight into the arms of Fabianski.
A double change for the Reds, who bring on Emre Can and Divock Origi for Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino.
Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool (James Milner)
The Reds are ahead. Milner steps up and waits for Fabianski to lie down before dinking the ball home. What a pen!
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL!
Barrow inadvertently boots the ball into the air as Swansea look to clear and, as Firmino takes the ball down to shoot, he is clumsily challenged by Rangel.
The referee has no choice - spot-kick.
Loris Karius comes to claim a Swansea corner but misses the ball entirely and Liverpool are somewhat fortunate that there's no touch to send it into the back of the net.
The third and final Swansea substitution, with Jay Fulton replacing Leroy Fer.
Liverpool should be ahead!
Milner wins the ball just outside the Swansea area and pulls back to Mane but the Senegalese isn't receiving a perfect pass and, by the time he gets a shot off, a defender is there to block.
Keep going, Reds.
That's passion. Get in!
And another change, with Leon Britton making way for Ki Sung-Yeung.
A change for Swansea, who introduce Modou Barrow in place of Wayne Routledge.
Coutinho fires the ball into Wijnaldum at the edge of the box, who produces a stunned touch to tee it up for his teammate.
Unfortunately, the No.10's curled effort flies just wide.
Swansea City 1-1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino)
Coutinho's free-kick delivery hits the wall but Henderson is on hand to loft the ball back into the box, where Firmino glances it in with his head.
Well finished from the Brazilian - Liverpool back in business.
Sadio Mane plays a one-two with Roberto Firmino and is in at the Swansea defence but he is dragged back by Leon Britton, who sees yellow as a result.
Liverpool knocking at the door early on this half with Firmino testing Fabianski from distance and Mane having an effort cleared off the line.
This is much improved but the Reds will have to be careful about the counter
Swansea City restart the game, with Liverpool attacking the end housing their own fans this half.
Take a look at the stats behind that half of football with our Opta widget below.
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Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool
Not a good half from the Reds but there were some encouraging signs towards the end of that 45 minutes.
And the good news is that the deficit is just one at the break - it can be turned around from here.
Two minutes added time at the end of the first half at the Liberty Stadium.
Loris Karius barks out orders from between the sticks for Liverpool.
Sturridge gets the ball just inside the area and steams past two defenders before going down.
The referee isn't convinced, though, and shows the striker a yellow card for hitting the deck too easily.
Much better from the Reds as a slick exchange releases Clyne into the box but his low cross is well cut out.
Jordan Henderson in the book for a shirt pull on Jack Cork and Liverpool go very close to conceding from a Borja header as the free-kick comes in.
The Reds really on the ropes here.
And there it is. Sturridge on to replace his fellow Englishman.
Adam Lallana is back on the pitch after a brief period of treatment but he isn't going to be able to continue.
The No.20 heads down the tunnel and it looks like Daniel Sturridge will replace him shortly.
Firmino loses possession in a dangerous area and Fer almost capitalises on the space as he cracks a shot over the bar.
Liverpool really need to get going again now.
Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool (Leroy Fer)
A corner is delivered to the back post where Borja beats Clyne to send a header back across goal for Fer, who has the simple job of toeing home.
The Reds behind early doors.
Huge chance for Swansea as Routledge sends in a delicious cross from the right toward the unmarked Borja.
Unfortunately for the hosts, the striker can only head the ball over when he perhaps should've done better.
An early opportunity for Clyne to get the ball into the box from the right-hand side but Swansea defend it well.
Encouraging start from the Reds here.
Roberto Firmino gets the game under way at the Liberty Stadium - come on you Reds!
The warm-ups are done and the players are back in the dressing room for the final team talk with manager Jürgen Klopp.
Kick-off is 10 minutes away!
The Reds' arrival a short while ago...
26 - No team has scored more Premier League away goals in 2016 than Liverpool (26, level with Tottenham). Jaunty. https://t.co/Vven97XaB6— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 1st Oct 10:31
Loris Karius stops for a quick pre-match interview at the Liberty Stadium...
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⚽️🔢 Here's how the #Swans will line-up against @LFC this afternoon... #SWALIV https://t.co/merWGaohAN— SwansOfficial (Swansea City AFC) 1st Oct 10:30
Here’s the full squad to face Swansea today…
Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Lucas, Can, Origi, Sturridge.
One change for the Reds as Dejan Lovren replaces Ragnar Klavan in defence…
On this day...
Time for a little trip down memory lane - on this day in 2008, Steven Gerrard scored his 100th Liverpool goal with a trademark long-range free-kick in a Champions League clash against PSV Eindhoven at Anfield.
Liverpool have lead for the second most minutes in the PL so far this season, Swansea the second fewest (via… https://t.co/6KsBiAgw7X— BassTunedToRed (Andrew Beasley 💙) 1st Oct 07:58
Good morning from the Liberty Stadium! 👋 https://t.co/BHuh7SVPG9— LFC (Liverpool FC) 1st Oct 09:32
Guidolin: We can cause LFC problems
“Liverpool have some superb individual players who can make a big difference for their team, and they also have a top class manager in Jürgen Klopp,” writes Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin in the programme.
“But as I have said all along, I believe in my players and I believe we can give Liverpool problems if we get our performance right again.”
We'll have Liverpool team news directly from the room below at 11.30am BST...
Behind enemy lines...
'How are Swansea fans feeling about today's game?' you're probably wondering.
Wonder no more - Swans supporter Julie Kissick gives us the view from the opposition right here.
We know you enjoy our matchday weather updates and today we have something special for you - a weather update AND accompanying pictorial evidence.
It is an overcast, drizzly morning in Swansea, though the conditions are excellent for a game of football.
The little magician speaks...
How about this from Philippe Coutinho this morning?
"Liverpool feels like my home. I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people. It’s an amazing city. I enjoy going to the cinema with my wife and to restaurants in town. The supporters are very nice. Hearing people singing my name, it inspires me. The fans here make me feel amazing. They give all the players confidence. They are there for us in every game."
Read more from our No.10 here, including why he did the below celebration after his goal against Hull last week...
Want us to furnish you with some pre-match stats this morning ahead of today's game? Of course you do!
How about this one, then?
The last seven league meetings between these sides have produced 27 goals, with Liverpool scoring 18 of them.
Swansea: An analysis
What can we expect from our hosts today? Paul Wilkes attempts to provide an answer in his latest tactical analysis blog...
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...and welcome to our live matchday blog for Liverpool's trip to Swansea City this lunchtime.
It's October 1 today - hasn't this year flown by? - and the start of a new month. If it's as good as September on the pitch then all of us Reds will be very, very happy indeed.
So, can we begin with a win? Stay with us throughout the day for all the build-up, action and post-match reaction right here to find out.