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Full-time: Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool

  • Ayew opened the scoring for the hosts.
  • Jack Cork then scored a brilliant second from distance.
  • Benteke headed home for the Reds to cut the deficit, before Ayew restored the Swans' two-goal lead.
  • Brad Smith was sent off for two bookable offences late on.
Swansea players celebrating their goal
Swansea players celebrating their first goal Getty Images

Full-time: Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool

The Swans have cemented their Premier League status with a crowd-pleasing win against a depleted Liverpool side. The hosts dominated from start to finish, and thoroughly deserved their win.

Anyway, that's all from our live blog of this game, but be sure to follow our coverage of the pivotal game at Old Trafford.

André Ayew shoots at goal
André Ayew shoots at goal Getty Images

Four minutes of time to be added. Meanwhile, the Swans make another change...

Another powerful shot from Gylfi Sigurðsson, but this time his left-footed effort sails wide of the post. He grins afterwards, though, knowing that the hard work is already done.

The managers on the touchline
The managers on the touchline Getty Images

Gylfi Sigurðsson takes a shot from distance, but it is straight at Ward. Regardless, Swansea are set to secure their place in the Premier League with an encouraging win against Liverpool. There are less than five minutes left at the Liberty and Swans fans are patiently waiting to celebrate.

Ayew fires home his second
Ayew fires home his second Getty Images

Liverpool just want this game to end. Mind you, they've kind of given off that vibe ever since the opening minute. This will be a day Jurgen Klopp would rather forget.

Ayew celebrates his second goal
Ayew celebrates his second goal Getty Images

Liverpool have one change left and they're making it now. It's another unfamiliar face, too.

The little-known Cameron Brannagan comes on for Jordan Ibe. Ten minutes left in this encounter.

RED CARD: Brad Smith

The Liverpool youngster is handed his second yellow of the game for a high boot. No complaints from the Reds camp, either. You sense they know this game is up.

There is something of a celebratory mood starting to sweep around the stadium. Swans fans know they are on the cusp of Premier League survival. Just 15 minutes to avoid conceding three goals.

Jack Cork wins the ball
Jack Cork wins the ball Getty Images

A change for the hosts...

Jurgen Klopp has some serious work to do over the summer with his defence. Going forwards, the Reds play some really eye-catching stuff. But their backline, is miles short of the required standard.

The changes he has made today should not mask the problem - the defence has been an issue all season long.

Brad Smith (right)
Brad Smith (right) tries to clear the ball Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 3-1 Liverpool (Ayew)

Game. Set. Match.

Ayew grabs his second of the game after more woeful defending from the Reds, who failed to clear the ball when they should have done. Anyway, Ayew pinched the ball in the box, turned and fired home.

Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration
Jurgen Klopp shows his frustration Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 2-1 Liverpool (Benteke)

You can mark that down as a point proven! Benteke gets his head on a right-sided corner and halves the Swans' lead. Game on a the Liberty Stadium.

More than an hour gone. Still, nothing is working for the away side, despite the half-time changes.

Benteke is, however, putting in plenty of hard yards, clearly determined to prove a point to his manager, who initially named him on the bench.

Jefferson Montero dribbles with the ball
Jefferson Montero dribbles with the ball Getty Images

A surreal moment, now. Benteke and Ashley Williams tangle in the box. As everyone looks towards the ref to see if he'll award a penalty, Neil Taylor nearly puts the ball into his own net.

Jurgen Klopp watches the action
Jurgen Klopp watches the action Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp threw some of his younger players in the deep end this afternoon and at the moment, they're yet to start swimming.

Can someone step forward to provide a moment of inspiration? It doesn't look like it.

Ayew is down on the ground at the moment, but he gives a thumbs up signal. He should be OK to continue.

The scene inside the ground
The scene inside the ground Getty Images

Swansea have started the second period pretty slowing, struggling to string passes together. Liverpool aren't really offering much as an attacking threat, though.

We're back under way at the Liberty Stadium. The Swans stand on the cusp of securing their Premier League future.

Jurgen Klopp has decided to make a switch...

Half-time: Swansea City 2-0 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp named a weakened team and is paying the penalty. His team have been outplayed from start to finish in the opening 45 minutes.

The Swans are within touching distance of retaining their Premier League status.

Swansea players celebrating a goal
Swansea players celebrating a goal Getty Images

Now then, Liverpool have a freekick in a decent-ish position. Coutinho is the man lining it up - what can the silky Brazilian do from here? In fact, it's Sturridge who takes it, and the ball is still rising. Desperately poor, that.

There will be a minute of stoppage time played.

The TV cameras just caught a glimpse of Jurgen Klopp down on the bench, and he looked to be smiling. There is a bit of a strange atmosphere surrounding this game, it's got to be said.

Five minutes go until the break - it's all Swansea, who have dominated from the opening minute. They have shown more hunger than the Reds, who clearly have their thoughts on the Europa League.

Jefferson Montero on the ball
Jefferson Montero on the ball Getty Images

Sturridge shows a glimmer of his own quality at the other end, latching onto a through-pass and looks to chip the ball in from distance. On this occasion, though, he gets his angles wrong and the ball passes wide of the post.

The scene inside the stadium
The scene inside the stadium Getty Images

GOAL: Swansea City 2-0 Liverpool (Cork)

Swansea are 2-0 up and are set to stay up!

Jack Cork wins the ball in midfield, before curling the ball into the far corner with laser-like precision. A brilliant goal - and the home supporters are bouncing.

It's one-way traffic at the Liberty Stadium. Liverpool's midfield is getting completely overrun. Jurgen Klopp won't be happy with what he has seen from his inexperienced side.

Remember, Swansea need a point to make sure of playing Premier League football next season. Another goal now might just clinch it...

Swansea players celebrating their goal
Swansea players celebrating their goal Getty Images

Another close call for Liverpool, who are hanging on a bit at the moment. On this occasion, Ward comes to the rescue, denying Cork from just 12 yards.

And moments later, Jordi Amat misses a golden chance from within spitting distance of the goalline. He was completely unmarked. Liverpool's defending at setpieces is woeful. And that's being generous.

Ayew competes for the ball
Ayew competes for the ball Getty Images

Some of Liverpool's attacking players are struggling to get into the game at the moment. The Reds are being overrun for the time being.

GOAL: Swansea City 1-0 Liverpool (Ayew)

It's been coming. A left-sided corner is met by Ayew in the six-yard and he heads home. Horrible defending from the Reds, but that is nothing less than Swasnea deserve.

This is a good test for Liverpool's younger players. It could tell Jurgen Klopp which of these boys are ready for more first-team football next season, after the German has spent in the summer window.

At the moment, they find themselves under pressure and are struggling to string together too many decent moves.

André Ayew shoots at goal
André Ayew shoots at goal Getty Images

And now Ayew blasts over with a left-footed effort when he should have done better. That was wild, but the hosts have finally found their rhythm and Liverpool's youngsters are really under the pump at the moment.

Gylfi Sigurðsson has Swansea's first real sight of goal but his strike is straight at Ward. Liverpool survive, though they have been warned.

A half-chance falls the way of Daniel Sturridge, whose first-time volley flashes wide of the post after some good work down the left side from Ibe. Liverpool starting to settle into their work now, though.

There is a bit of a disjointed look about Liverpool at the moment, which perhaps shouldn't come as a massive surprise given the unusual-looking nature of this line-up.

It's end-to-end stuff from the outset, though frequent misplaced passes means we haven't seen any clear-cut chances as yet.

Having said that, it's certainly a promising start from a neutral perspective.

Swansea's Andre Ayew
Swansea's Andre Ayew Getty Images

There is a cracking atmosphere inside the Liberty Stadium for this game. Swansea need a point to make sure of their Premier League survival and what better way to do it than against Liverpool?

Jurgen Klopp watches on
Jurgen Klopp watches on Getty Images

Right, we're all set to go. Both teams are in their traditional colours.

This is Liverpool's youngest-ever starting line-up in the Premier League - and we're under way!

A Hillsborough tribute before the game
A Hillsborough tribute before the game Getty Images

Swansea, meanwhile, were a bit of a shambles last weekend against Leicester City at the King Power.

They will be desperate to avoid a repeat performance, even though with 40 points already in the bag, they will almost certainly be playing Premier League football next season.

The scene outside the ground
The scene outside the ground Getty Images

Daniel Sturridge has scored in six of his last seven Premier League appearances against the Swans. After being left out for the Reds' Europa League game, and with Euro 2016 on the horizon, he will be eager to find the net this afternoon.

Daniel Sturridge arriving at the ground
Daniel Sturridge arriving at the ground Getty Images

Swansea have published a tribute in today's programme to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, following the recent court ruling.

We have a little less than 30 minutes to go until kick-off now. Swansea don't really have much to play for in truth, but for some of these Liverpool youngsters, a Premier League game away from Anfield offers the chance to make an impression on their manager.

The players a currently going through their last-minute preparations as the crowd builds up at the Liberty Stadium.

The scene before kick off
The scene before kick off Getty Images

Pedro Chirivella has been handed a Premier League debut by Jurgen Klopp today. So, what do we know about him?

  • He is 18.
  • He is Spanish.
  • He is a defensive midfielder.
  • He made his full debut earlier this season in the FA Cup against West Ham.

In truth, though, we might find a lot more out about him this afternoon...

While Daniel Sturridge has been returned to the starting line-up for the Anfield club, Christian Benteke is forced to settle for a place on the bench again.

It's increasingly difficult to escape the conclusion that the Belgian doesn't have much of a future at Liverpool. He doesn't look like a happy guy at the moment, it must be said.

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke has been named on the bench Getty Images

Meanwhile, Liverpool youngster Allan Rodrigues de Souza recently said he is not sure if he will get a work visa allowing him to play for the Merseyside club.

The 19-year-old signed for the club from Internacional for £500,000 ($730,000) last summer.

You can read more about his future here.

For the hosts, Fer and Paloschi are both absent today due to hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, Martin Skrtel will captain the Reds, who have named only six subs because Connor Randall was ruled out with a virus this morning.

The scene before the game
The scene before the game Getty Images

Breaking team news:

Swansea City: Fabianski, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Taylor, Britton, Cork, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Montero, Ayew

Subs: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Fernandez, Ki, Fulton, Barrow, Gomis

Liverpool: Ward, Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Smith, Stewart, Chirivella, Ibe, Ojo, Coutinho, Sturridge

Subs: Mignolet, Benteke, Lallana, Lucas, Brannagan, Teixeira

We're about five minutes away from the team news coming through, and it'll be interesting to see if Klopp makes many changes with one eye on the return leg of the Europa League.

Klopp also admitted it was a "very difficult decision" to leave striker Daniel Sturridge on the bench in the Europa League game against Villarreal.

"Yeah, very difficult decision [not to include Sturridge in the starting line-up]. I thought about a lot of things, but in the end I decided for a little bit more stability," Klopp said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"In the 4-3-3 we didn't play with Daniel until now, and so we thought for today this 4-3-3, 4-5-1, sometimes a diamond this very flexible style, we played in a few games before."

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge Getty Images

Jurgen Klopp recently criticised the scheduling of his team's Premier League clash with Swansea City this weekend.

"We have to respect the intensity of the last game and to think about the line up for Sunday. Noon [kick off] I can't believe [it]," Klopp was quoted as saying at a pre-match press conference by the Liverpool Echo."It's not about next Thursday, because if you think now about next Thursday, then you have no chance on Sunday... We always did and we will always respect the Premier League.

"That's how it is, but of course we need to have a look at the players from yesterday. We came home at 3.30am and I'm pretty sure that no-one slept immediately. It's intensive, it's busy so I will see them in one or two hours and then I will make decision about [the] line-up."

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp and his staff Getty

Team form

Swansea City

  • Last five (all competitions): L L W D W
  • Last result: Swansea City 0-4 Leicester City


  • Last five (all competitions): L D W W W
  • Last result: Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool

What the manager says

Jurgen Klopp: "We have to think about the line-up for Sunday. It's not about next Thursday, if you think now about that you have no chance Sunday.

"We will always respect the Premier League. We need to have a look at the players [before deciding who plays]. It's intensive and busy."

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp takes Liverpool to the Liberty Stadium AFP

What the manager says

Francesco Guidolin: "It is an important game for us and for Liverpool. They are a great club and an important team in Europe. They will be focused on every game, whether it is in the Europa League or in the Premier League.

"They have a good manager and lots of good players, so it is an important challenge for both myself and my team."

Francesco Guidolin is thrilled for Claudio Ranieri
Francesco Guidolin on the touchline Getty Images


Liverpool come into this fixture after Adrian's stoppage time goal saw Villarreal beat the Premier League outfit in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final clash in Spain.

The return leg will be played at Anfield next week and the Merseyside club need to make sure they win to avoid an elimination.

In the last league tie, Jurgen Klopp saw his side give away a two goal lead to settle for a 2-2 draw at the hands of Newcastle United.

Daniel Sturridge dribbles with the ball
Will Daniel Sturridge start today? Getty Images

Hello and welcome to IBTimes UK's coverage of the early kick-off in the Premier League, with Swansea City playing host to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side.

The Reds travel today with, surely, one eye on their Europa League chances following their semi-final first leg in Spain.

Anyway, we'll have all the pre-game build up, plus the team news, with you shortly...

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Reuters