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Liverpool v Swansea - the story of the match

Struggling Swansea's first league win at Anfield blew a huge hole in Liverpool's title ambitions as Fernando Llorente struck twice in a 3-2 victory.

The Swans, bottom of the table before kick-off and without a victory in 15 previous league visits, became the first team since Manchester United a year ago to inflict a home defeat on the Reds.

They did it the hard way as well as after Llorente had put them into a surprise 2-0 lead just after half-time. A double from Roberto Firmino levelled things up, with the visitors indebted once again to Gylfi Sigurdsson for their winner.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"All the good work in recent weeks for @LFC gone with that spirited display from @SwansOfficial. Very poor at the back especially Klavan" - Mick Quinn (@mickquinn1089) suggests Liverpool's defence should shoulder some responsibility for the result.

STAR MAN

Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard's goals may be the difference between survival and relegation and while his first was something of a gift his second, a powerful header, was a classic striker's effort.

DATA POINT

Liverpool have conceded more goals (27) in the Premier League this season than any other side currently in the top seven.

IN WITH THE CROWD

Anchorman in midfield? Hollywood A-lister Will Ferrell made an appearance in the directors' box wrapped up against the cold.

RATINGS

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 6

Dejan Lovren: 6

Ragnar Klavan: 5

James Milner: 5

Jordan Henderson: 6

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6

Emre Can: 5

Adam Lallana: 6

Roberto Firmino: 7

Philippe Coutinho: 7

Substitutes

Daniel Sturridge (on for Coutinho, 57): 4

Divock Origi (on for Can, 70): 5

Joel Matip (on for Wijnaldum, 90): 4

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski: 6

Kyle Naughton: 6

Federico Fernandez: 7

Alfie Mawson: 7

Martin Olsson: 6

Jack Cork: 6

Leroy Fer: 7

Tom Carroll: 7

Gylfi Sigurdsson: 6

Wayne Routledge: 4

Fernando Llorente: 7

Substitutes

Angel Rangel (on for Olsson, 79): 4

Jay Fulton (on for Fer, 90): 4

Borja Baston (on for Llorente, 85): 4

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Liverpool v Southampton (EFL Cup, Wednesday January 25)

Swansea v Southampton (Premier League, Tuesday January 31)

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