Good result but shame you couldn't get a win. you played well enough
Reds Rack Up The Points
Liverpool 3-1 Swansea City
A point won against reigning Champions Of Europe Real Madrid will have seen Liverpool's confidence flying high, but with Swansea and Aston Villa both to beat in the Premier League, the pressure would have mounted significantly.
This two game break from European football would have Liverpool face Swansea back at Anfield which will have just recuperated from a testing game that would have seen the attacking threat of Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho win the Reds the three points if it wasn't for an impressive performance laid out by Casillas.
The triple threat...Or rather quadruple threat as a change of formation resulted in Adam Lallana starting the game, would be back to wreak havoc against Swansea City's back-line of four.
However, it was not the threat of these four superb players that broke down Swansea, it was in fact three players of an unlikely threat that won the three points on a drizzly night.
It no longer than one minute for Liverpool to break the deadlock from a corner. Although his corners have been noticeably poor in recent weeks, Phillippe Coutinho unleashed a delightful ball from the right side of Liverpool's attack where it met the head of Sakho who clambered high to knock it down to none other than Lucas Leiva, ready to knock it in the Brazilian coolly slotted it home as comfortable as any natural striker would.
There was only half an hour between Lucas' goal and Swansea's equalizer. The Swans' goal came about after a poor back pass by Martin Skrtel. This saw Bony run through on goal and go one-on-one with Mignolet who could do nothing to stop a powerful strike into the top right.
As the half faded, Fabianski would put the ball into his own net to the Liverpool faithful's delight. This time Henderson's cross reached Skrtel on the back post who we all know can head a ball very well. The ball cannoned back off the post and onto Fabianski's back as he dived for it. The ball slowly drizzled backward and over the line.
As another set piece chance went Liverpool's way, Steven Gerrard stepped up to potentially put the game to bed from a tight angled free kick. The angle seemed to be all to tight for a shot though, but that didn't stop him working his magic. Curling the ball around the cluster of players on the edge of the box, Markovic was in position to poke it in but couldn't quite stretch far enough. Thankfully Skrtel was there to smash it in at the keepers near post.
Liverpool 2-0 Aston Villa
Once again the team would be challenged at home for the fourth time in a row. This time against Aston Villa who are often a tough challenge for Rodgers' men. This time was a different story though.
Jordan Rossiter, provided with his first start for his boyhood club since he scored his first goal four games ago against Middlesbrough put in another solid performance, often using great intelligence to pick out a pass or on some occasions a half decent shot.
So, who else but to provide a late killer ball for Joe Allen to latch on to? Yes, indeed the 16 year old Scouser played in a unbelievably well timed ball to split open the defense finding Allen in the process who tucked the chance away.
With nearly 80 minutes without a goal, getting just one goal was unlikely but two? Liverpool had dominated all game and with the form Guzan was in, no one expected the Reds to score again but Phillippe Coutinho has a habit of surprising us, so when he pulled an over head kick out of the bag...Everyone just watched on in awe of his genius.
A remarkable goal from a player labeled "As good as Luis Suarez" By Brazilian teammate Neymar. That one would go down in history as Liverpool went on to seal their 6th victory out of seven in the league.
Thoughts On The Report
Rodgers: Solid two victories on the bounce, just what we need. A bit of consistency! Especially against the smaller teams in the league. I tell you, our problem lies with the smaller teams and if we can bring some consistency to the table against them and keep bashing out these solid wins like the last two, we'll have a good shot at the league.
We're top after seven games so of course I'll be looking to keep us there and I will continue to motivate and inspire these boys to fight on. With the help of Stevie and my other senior players i.e. Henderson...I think we'll have a good second chance at winning the title.
Gerrard: A fantastic effort from the lads with two super performances. Dominated both Swansea and Aston Villa, had all the shots, all the possession, everything. Most importantly though, all the goals.
We've gotta remain focused though with some extremely tough fixtures ahead. Basel, Sunderland, Arsenal in the cup, United then Basel again. It starts to get easier on paper after that. Certainly won't be much easier on the pitch though.