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Fans and pundits react to Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Swansea

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League and continued their unbeaten start to the season, but dropped their first points of the campaign and struggled in the second half.

SWANSEA, WALES - Monday, September 16, 2013: Liverpool's Victor Moses celebrates scoring the second goal against Swansea City, on his debut, with manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premiership match at the Liberty Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Here’s the best of the reactions:

Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker praised the mental strength of Jonjo Shelvey – who had a hand in all four goals (Jamie Carragher joked on Monday Night Football – “Without him it was 0-0”):

Some referenced the fact that Liverpool are yet to score in the second half this season – with their performances dropping dramatically after half-time.

The Reds were much less effective after Philippe Coutinho was replaced by Iago Aspas, as demonstrated by FourFourTwo Stats Zone:

Coutinho was replaced by Aspas – who struggled to get into the game. Many noted how the Spaniard doesn’t seem physically capable of playing centrally:

Jamie Carragher provided a superb analysis of Swansea’s second goal on Monday Night Football:

Carragher explained how Sakho stepped out but didn’t retreat. When he didn’t, Skrtel and Wisdom – who clearly aren’t used to this and weren’t expecting him to do so – failed to react and shift across, thus leaving a huge gap between Skrtel and Enrique.

Another talking point was Simon Mignolet‘s distribution:

Meanwhile, there is only one game left of Suarez’s ban:

Overall, there are certainly reasons for optimism:

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