Full-time: Swansea 1-2 Liverpool

  • Francesco Guidolin's future in doubt heading into the international break after struggling Swansea blow a first-half lead before being condemned to a fifth defeat in seven Premier League matches
  • Leory Fer offered the under-pressure Italian head coach some respite in front of American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien after tapping home from close range with just eight minutes on the clock
  • In-form Liverpool, who lost Adam Lallana to a groin injury, failed to register a single shot on target in a lacklustre opening 45 minutes but came out firing in the second half and equalised when an unmarked Roberto Firmino headed home Jordan Henderson's cross
  • The hosts then clung on for dear life before a botched Modou Barrow clearance set the scene for Angel Rangel to bring down Firmino inside the box
  • James Milner stepped up to confidently dispatch his fourth penalty of the season
  • Liverpool move up to second on the back of their fifth successive win, while Swansea remain 17th
  • Later: Hull vs Chelsea, West Ham vs Middlesbrough
  • Friday night result: Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace
James Milner
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So Liverpool fight back from a goal behind to seal a dramatic fifth consecutive victory that temporarily lifts them up to second in the Premier League table. Plenty of character and resilience shown by Klopp's in-form side today after a fairly wretched first half in which they failed to register a single shot on target.

As for Swansea, it's a fifth defeat in seven and they remain stuck on four points with just one top-flight win to their name in 2016/17. They fought valiantly in front of American owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, but Guidolin could well now find himself out of a job.



Swansea 1-2 Liverpool


Rangel produces a searching cross in the dying seconds. Karius, not for the first time in this match, stays rooted to his line and Van der Hoorn can only turn the ball wide from close range.

What a chance that was to equalise.


Desperately unlucky for Barrow as he looks to create the space for a late leveller, only to have his blocked cross bounce back off him and out for a goal kick.


Coutinho goes close to adding a third, but Fabianski makes an impressive save.

Four minutes of added time for Swansea to find an equaliser and potentially save their manager's job.


After the goal, Klopp makes his final two changes. Wijnaldum and the influential Firmino make way for Emre Can and Origi.


Milner steps up in front of the travelling supporters to confidently dispatch his fourth penalty of the season straight down the middle.

Heartbreak for Swansea. Is this the end of the line for Guidolin?

James Milner
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Goal: Swansea 1-2 Liverpool (James Milner)


Swansea continue to weather the storm but once again become penned back into their own penalty area. Rangel is penalised for a shove on Firmino after a horribly sliced attempted clearance from Barrow.

Roberto Firmino




Barrow looks to cut in from the right and provide a low cross which is hacked away by Henderson.

Coutinho's long-range strike is then deflected wide by Cork.


Liverpool invite pressure with a defensive mix-up and Swansea force the corner. Karius gets nowhere near Sigurdsson's centre and is lucky that neither Borja nor Ki can apply the finishing touch.


Barrow is playing with fire as he slides in recklessly on Milner and narrowly avoids conceding a penalty.

At the other end, he beats Lovren and produces an inviting cross for fellow substitute Fulton that is deflected over by Matip.


With 20 minutes left to play, Guidolin makes his final change of the afternoon. 22-year-old midfielder Jay Fulton is on for goalscorer Fer.


Fabianski saves from Clyne and Naughton does very well indeed to block Mane's latest attempt after Van der Hoorn's lack of footwork results in him being dispossessed by Milner on the edge of the box.

Sturridge heads wide from the corner, but it feels like just a matter of time before Liverpool take the lead.


Swansea are denied a free-kick on the halfway line and Firmino drives forward in possession. He knocks the ball wide for compatriot Coutinho, whose cross towards Sturridge is too difficult for the England striker to handle.


Wijnaldum sees a long-range drive blocked and a desperate Guidolin attempts to disrupt Liverpool's momentum with two changes in quick succession.

Modou Barrow replaces Routledge before Ki Sung-Yueng comes on for Britton.


Liverpool are absolutely dominating now and Rangel has to come across from right-back to thwart Clyne's dangerous low cross.

Coutinho then whistles a curling shot narrowly wide of the post after being teed up by Wijnaldum.

Swansea have to get a foothold here.


Coutinho's free-kick cannons into Fer, but Henderson lifts the loose ball into the box for an unmarked Firmino to head past Fabianski.

Liverpool, presumably served a rocket by Klopp at half-time, pull level after only 10 second-half minutes. You would fancy them to go on and win the game from here.

Roberto Firmino
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Roberto Firmino
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Goal: Swansea 1-1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino)


The lightning fast Mane looks to lead a swift counter but is dragged back by Britton. That will be a deserved yellow card for the Swansea captain.


Liverpool are coming forward with far more purpose at the start of the second half. Sturridge combines well with Mane, who is denied by Fabianski from a difficult angle and Swansea clear.


Clyne makes good headway down the Liverpool right but a poor first touch from Sturridge sees the ball trickle harmlessly out of play. Firmino then tests Fabianski with a shot from distance.