We’re just home from “an afternoon of frustration” at Anfield following Liverpool’s eight successive match unbeaten run as we were held to a goalless draw by newly promoted Swansea City this afternoon… Its now four dropped points at home to two of the promoted sides already this season….
Here we take a look at what will be making the headlines on Sunday morning….
Kenny Dalglish reflects in the post match press conference:
“Our performance was disappointing. Swansea played the way we expected them to play but we didn’t play the way we expected to play. Maybe if the chance went in early doors it would have changed the complexion of the game but as well as paying credit to Swansea we have to look at ourselves.
“Anything we’re good at we didn’t do much of today. We’re usually good at passing and movement but there wasn’t much of that there. When we got it back we gave it away quickly.
“We’ve got to understand, realise and accept that that level of performance isn’t acceptable.”
Your Swansea Man of the Match
Liverpool’s home toils continued as Swansea City became the latest to leave Anfield with a point. After frustrating home draws against Norwich and Sunderland, this was another expensive afternoon for Kenny Dalglish’s side in their hunt for a Champions League spot.
Liverpool’s poor home form continued as they were held to a goalless draw by newly-promoted Swansea City on a frustrating afternoon at Anfield.
It was the Reds’ third successive home stalemate in the Premier League and they have now won just two of their six home matches. Boss Kenny Dalglish will rue another stack of missed chances and Swans keeper Michel Vorm pulled off some stunning saves. But in truth Liverpool were well below par in front of principal owner John Henry and could count themselves fortunate not to concede.
Striker Andy Carroll was the fall-guy for Liverpool after missing a first-half sitter in the goalless draw at home to Swansea. For the second successive home match against a newly-promoted team Kenny Dalglish’s side failed to convert their chances.
Carroll’s was the miss everyone will remember, although there were enough opportunities created afterwards to have prevented a third home draw in a row.
The last time these two teams met Liverpool won 8-0, but times have changed for Swansea, who were good value for what was only their second away point in the Premier League – even if they did end up heavily indebted to Michel Vorm, who pulled off two outstanding saves in the last two minutes.
Holland’s No2 goalkeeper therefore earned the accolades ahead of Pepe Reina, who equalled a record held jointly by Bruce Grobbelaar and Ray Clemence with his 150th clean sheet for Liverpool.
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson (Kuyt 46), Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll (Bellamy 75), Suarez.
Subs not used: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Spearing, Kelly.
Booked: Agger, Adam
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Gower (Agustien 90), Britton, Allen, Routledge (Sinclair 74), Graham, Dyer.
Subs not used: Tremmel, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Richards, Moras.
Booked: Taylor, Williams
Referee: Phil Dowd.
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