Liverpool survive late Swansea comeback
Liverpool survived a late comeback from Swansea as Steven Gerrard marked his first match at Anfield as a manger with a win. Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool in the front in the 27th minute and defender Eder Balanta scored his first goal for Liverpool with a thumping header and a rebound.
LIVERPOOL – Mignolet ; Cissokho Sakho Balanta Johnson ; Pardo Lucas ; Otavio Pereyra Gerrard ; Sturridge
SWANSEA– Tremmel Taylor Chico Williams Rangel ; Canas Britton ; Dyer Shelvey Hernandez ; Bony
Goal :- Sturridge (28) , Balanta (38) , Gerrard (56) ; Dyer (52) , Williams (65)
MOTM :- Gerrard
Former Red Jonjo Shelvey made his presence felt at Anfield by setting up both of the Swansea goals and threatening Mignolet on a numerous occasions with this long shooting. The midfield pairing of Lucas and debutant Pardo failed to take control of midfield while Swansea attacked heavily from the middle of the park.
But striker Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool in the front after getting one on one with the ‘keeper after an excellent counter attacking move started by Steven Gerrard. Liverpool doubled their lead soon after Balanta hit the post from a Steven Gerrard corner and pounced on the rebound.
Swansea started the next half brightly and were soon rewarded for their efforts when Nathan Dyer lobbed the ball over the rushing Mignolet. But they were pegged soon enough when Steven Gerrard rolled back the years with a goal from outside the box to make it three for Liverpool. Swansea responded with Ashley Williams scoring from a corner.
Swansea dominated the rest of the match but were unable to break a disciplined Liverpool defence. Swansea had their 85th minute goal from Pablo Hernandez disallowed for a controversial decision of offside. Assistant manager Rodolfo Borrell attended the press conference in place of manger Steven Gerrard. “It wasn’t the most convincing performance from us but we remain focused and got the necessary result. Steven was brilliant through out the match and so was Sturridge.”
Liverpool will face Carlisle in the Capital One Cup on 28th at Anfield .