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Swansea v Liverpool

That's it, Liverpool take all three points at the Liberty Stadium. That win moves them to within two points of fourth-placed Manchester United who visit Anfield on Sunday. Swansea remain where they started the night in ninth place.


Swansea 0-1 Liverpool

Liverpool hit the post! The away side pounce on the counter and it's two on one as Coutinho cuts in from the right before teeing up Sturridge on the edge of the box. He cuts inside Naughton, working the ball onto his right foot and side foots one for the corner, but he is denied by the woodwork!

Four minutes of time added on at the Liberty Stadium.

Emnes is immediately involved as he tries to battle his way through a wall of Liverpool defenders but is eventually dispossessed.

And a final change for Swansea as Sigurdsson comes off for Marvin Emnes.

Final change for Liverpool as Glen Johnson replaces Lallana.

Swansea's zip has faded in this second half, and Liverpool have benefited. Garry Monk's side have visibly tired as this contest has gone on.

Elsewhere tonight, Reading have booked their place the semi-finals of the FA Cup after easing past Bradford City with a 3-0 win. They meet Arsenal in the last four.

Allen shows some neat foot work in the box, keeping possession well before working the ball out to Sterling who fizzes a cross into the box. Sturridge is in the middle but can't react quick enough and whacks his header over the bar.

Another change for Swansea, Ki is off to be replaced by Nathan Dyer.

Swansea come again with Montero picked out in space on the left. He has a great chance to find a teammate in the box but his cross is harmlessly lifted into Mignolet's arms.

Sturridge lifts a wonderful pass into the box from the inside right channel, taking three Swansea players out of the game. It falls to Sterling but he lifts his effort well over the bar. Not really sure what he was going for, there.

Coutinho tries to find the far right corner from the edge of the box. His first attempt is charged down, but has another after a quick one two with Lallana. His second effort is far better and flies just wide of corner.

Shelvey tries to catch Mignolet out from 40 yards out but can't quite pull it off. Meanwhile, Jefferson Montero is on to replace Routledge.

Liverpool take the lead through the flukiest goal you'll see this month. Sturridge slides an excellent ball through for the onrushing Henderson but Amat get's first first. He slides across and clears but it comes back off the shin of Henderson and loops over Fabianski!

Goal! Swansea 0-1 Liverpool (Jordan Henderson)

Liverpool probe carefully, working the ball from right to left to find Lallanaon the edge of the box. He beats Naughton but Allen can only prod his cross straight at the goalkeeper.

Steven Gerrard is now coming on, replacing Alberto Moreno.

Some excellent Swansea pressure forces Sakho into making a poor pass at the back. Allen tries to help out but he too is squeezed and Swansea eventually win a corner for themselves. It;s cleared at the first time of asking, however.

Sigurdsson takes it but his effort bounces into the grateful arms of Mignolet.

Swansea come forward again and win a free kick 30 yards out from goal following a foul from Can.

Good save from Fabianksi! Sterling again tears down the right and lifts in a cross towards his near post. Coutinho is well placed to prod it on target but the Swans goalkeeper reacts well to save. Liverpool win a corner, but nothing comes from it.

Gomis chases a nervous-looking Sakho back into his own box but the Swansea striker gives away a needless foul that relieves the pressure on the away side.

Swansea struggle to clear and the ball falls to Henderson on the right hand corner of the box, but his driven effort takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. The ball is whipped in but this time Fabianski can claim easily.

Sterling again comes down the right, duelling with Taylor and eventually winning a corner off the full back.

Liverpool start this half better and almost carve a chance for themselves. Coutinho switches play to find Sterling galloping into room down the right. He easily beats his man and scoops a cross into the box that Moreno tries to meet, but Swansea manage to clear.

Moreno becomes the third Liverpool player to be booked this evening following a late challenge on Naughton.

Lallana, who has started this half trying his luck on the left, is left in a heap following a collision with Naughton. After getting some treatment on the sidelines, he eventually trots back onto the pitch.

And we are underway for the second half.


Swansea 0-0 Liverpool

One minute of added time to go.

Another half chance for Swansea. Routledge does well out on the left, twisting and turning past Moreno before lifting an inviting ball in from the byline. Neither Gomis or Sigurdsson can reach it but it falls to Ki at the near post. He tries to stand up another cross but it's a poor one that Mignolet can come out to collect.

Liverpool have a couple attempts of trying to breach the Swansea backline, Henderson in particular trying to thread a precise ball in. Nothing comes off, however, resulting in Sturridge taking matters into his own hands with the shot from distance which sails over the bar.

So close from Shelvey! A short corner finds the former Liverpool midfielder who has pulled to the right inside the box. His first time effort looks to be flying towards the far corner, but the ball takes a slight deflection off Lallana to help drag it just wide. Liverpool clinging on.

Wonderful save from Mignolet! Swansea work the ball in from the right which finds Gomis on the edge of the box. He can't get a shot off, but Sigurdsson can, curling an excellent effort towards the top corner but the Liverpool 'keeper makes a brilliant diving save

Another Swansea move breaks down following an awful cross which sailed straight out of play from the right. Swansea have been the far better side so far, and should have perhaps done better with the chances they have created.

Swansea knocking on the door here. Taylor again finds space down the left and easily evades the challenge of Can as he cuts inside. He looks for Sigurdsson inside the box who wonderfully turns Joe Allen on receiving the pass, but can only scoop his shot well over the bar.

Gomis, with his back to goal, plays a wonderful one two with Routledge that enables himself to skip away from Skrtel. About 25 yards out from goal, the Frenchman opts to shoot early and powers a low effort towards the bottom corner that needs a firm hand from Mignolet to save. Another neat move from Swansea.

Better stuff from Liverpool with Coutinho and Sterling seeing the ball for the first time all game. A neat move comes to nothing however when Sterling's cross from the right is plucked out of the air by Fabianski.

Sterling joins Henderson in the referee's book for pulling back Routledge.

Liverpool again look shaky at the back and need a last ditch challenge from Sakho to deny Ki just as he is about to pull the trigger. Sigurdsson tries to win the loose ball but Mignolet is out quickly and beats him to it.

Routledge brilliantly receives a throw in with a first time flick past two men, only to be blocked off cynically by Moreno. Somehow, he doesn't win a free kick.

Liverpool making a lot of mistakes at the minute under pressure from Swansea. This time it is Moreno who gives the ball away, allowing Gomis to advance menacingly toward goal.

They just about survive, only for Allen to lose the ball again which results in a cross coming in from the right for Gomis. The Frenchman nods across goal, but Skrtel is well placed to head clear.

Sterling, out on the right, lifts a ball into Sturridge whose popped up on the edge of the box. He does brilliantly to chest the ball down into the path of Lallana who lashes a half volley on goal, but it's straight at Fabianski.

Swansea suddenly spring on the counter again with Gomis breaking in from the right. He shows great skill to beat Can the first time around but the Joe Allen races back to put in an excellent challenge. Swansea keep it alive and manage to pick out Ki unmarked in the box, but his header is a poor one and is cleared.

Good pressure from Swansea who press on Skrtel and Sakho, forcing them to give the ball away and eventually win a corner for themselves. It;s swung in again but Mignolet again punches clear.

Routledge tries to jink his way into the box and manages to dance past two Liverpool defenders. The shot won't open up for him so Gomis takes over. Finding no luck either, he tries to slip the ball back into Routledge but he is crowded out and Liverpool can clear.

Sterling lays a simple pass into the feet of Sturridge who is in acres of space just outside the D. With no one closing him down, he takes the shot on but drags his effort wide.

The free kick is whipped in but Mignolet gets a confident punch to it and clears.

Neil Taylor nicks the ball away from Emre Can and can gallop into space down the left flank. Just before he is about to swing a cross into the box, however, Henderson slides across and takes out the Swansea full back. Yellow card for the Liverpool captain and a free kick for the home side.

Liverpool invite a bit of pressure on themselves through Mignolet who lifts a woeful goal kick straight out of play. Gomis gets to the knockdown but is well marshalled by Allen.

A nervous back pass almost catches Fabianski out and gladly settles for a corner. Skrtel comes charging in to meet the resulting corner but hammers a header over the bar.

Within the opening 30 seconds Jonjo Shelvey narrowly avoids a boot to the head after bravely going in to head the ball against Jordan Henderson's high boot. The former Liverpool midfielder emerges unscathed, however.

And we are off and underway at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool are the only team in the top flight to remain unbeaten in 2015. That fine form has seen them close the gap on the top four considerably and a win this evening will lift Brendan Rodgers' side to within two points of fourth placed Manchester United, who they welcome to Anfield on Sunday.

Tonight we also have the FA Cup quarter-final replay between Reading and Bradford where the home side have opted to name their fans on the team sheet. Commendable gesture or incredibly cringe-worthy stuff? We are going to go for the latter.

After missing the last seven games, Steven Gerrard settles for a place on the bench this evening. Looking at that line up, it looks as if Raheem Sterling will operate at right wing back this evening with Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen in midfield and Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana supporting Daniel Sturridge.

So just one change for Swansea this evening as Jordi Amat comes in for Federico Fernandez, is absent due to 'family reasons.'

Brendan Rodgers has made three changes to his side with Alberto Moreno, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Allen coming in for Lazar Markovic, Dejan Lovren and Glen Johnson.

BREAKING: Bafetimbi Gomis starts up front for Swansea having been given all clear after collapsing against Tottenham.

Swansea team to face Liverpool: Fabianski, Naughton, Amat, Williams (capt), Taylor, Ki, Cork, Shelvey, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis

Subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Britton, Dyer, Emnes, Montero, Oliviera

BREAKING: Steven Gerrard left out of Liverpool starting XI. Joe Allen starts in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.

Liverpool team to face Swansea: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Allen, Henderson, Lallana, Moreno, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge.

Subs: Jones, Johnson, Toure, Lovren, Gerrard, Lambert, Markovic.

Swansea boast a clean bill of health with defender Kyle Bartley the club's only absentee due to a knee injury. Bafetimbi Gomis is expected to start after being given the all-clear following his collapse against Tottenham last time out.

Mario Balotelli is Liverpool's only fresh absentee this evening. The Italy striker has not travelled to Wales due to illness, but is expected to be back in contention for the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.

Captain Steven Gerrard is back in contention after missing the last seven games with a hamstring injury, while both Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel are fit to start.

Joe Allen, who has entered talks with the Reds over a new contract following his extended run in the side, is unlikely to feature due to a hip injury, however. Lucas Leiva also remains out.

With Manchester City losing and United remembering how to play football, the race for top four finish got a little more exciting over the weekend.

Before welcoming Louis van Gaal's side to Anfield next Sunday, Liverpool are aiming to close the gap on the top four this evening at the Liberty Stadium.

A win tonight will lift them to within two points of United – setting them up to possibly leapfrog their arch-rivals on Sunday with a win.