Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Swansea City 1-2 Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp's Reds fight back to go second in table as Guidolin's future at Swans looks bleak

Published 01/10/2016

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Dejan Lovren of Liverpool celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (C) celebrates scoring their first goal to equalise 1-1 during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images
Swansea City's Jordi Amat and Liverpool's Sadio Mane (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (second from left) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with his team-mates during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with Sadio Mane (centre) during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 1, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read: Nigel French/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Leroy Fer of Swansea City (C) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea City (R) during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool looks on while sitting on the bench during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool takes a selfie photograph with a fan while arriving at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool (L) and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool (R) share a joke prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
Swansea City's Italian head coach Francesco Guidolin arrives for the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp walks on the pitch ahead of the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on October 1, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge takes a picture with a young fan before the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Liverpool's Sadio Mane arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin arrives for the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PA
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: A fan makes his way to stadium during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Wayne Routledge of Swansea City arrvies at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Leroy Fer of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Leroy Fer of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Chris Coleman and Leon Britton of Swansea City speak prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City high fives the Swansea City mascots prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Francesco Guidolin, Manager of Swansea City high fives the Swansea City mascots prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jack Cork of Swansea City arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool shakes the hands of some fans while arriving prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool arrives at the stadium prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Liverpool at Liberty Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Liverpool fought back against Swansea to win 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.

Francesco Guidolin admitted before the game that his job was in jeopardy if Swansea, winless since the opening day of the season and just above the relegation zone, did not beat a Liverpool side who are now second in the Premier League after a fourth straight victory.

The Italian saw his side produce their best performance of the season, but Leroy Fer's early tap-in was eventually overturned by a Roberto Firmino header and a James Milner penalty six minutes from time.

Liverpool took time to get into their elegant stride, but they dominated the second period and another three points will ensure that the Reds mark Jurgen Klopp's first anniversary at Anfield next weekend in a strong league position.

Further doubt on Guidolin's tenuous position appeared to be cast before kick-off when chairman Huw Jenkins failed to mention the Italian by name in his programme notes.

Swansea have been linked with Ryan Giggs and former United States manager Bob Bradley to become their next manager, but the hosts began brightly.

Record signing Borja Baston, making his first Premier League start with Fernando Llorente sidelined by a rib injury, headed over from 10 yards when left unmarked.

Klopp had fielded questions on Liverpool's vulnerability at set-pieces when appearing in the Sky television studio earlier in the week.

Read more

Swansea v Liverpool - Story of the match

Francesco Guidolin: We can turn this around  

But it seemed his defenders had not been listening to him as Angel Rangel rose unopposed at the far post to meet Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner.

The header was touched on by some combination of Mike van der Hoorn and Liverpool's Dejan Lovren for Fer to tap home his fourth goal of the season from a yard out and ensure Liverpool's wait for a clean sheet in the league this term continues.

Liverpool were struggling to find their usual rhythm, pressed into mistakes while playing from the back and unable to launch any attacks of substance.

Fer drove over from 25 yards as Liverpool defenders dawdled on the ball once more and the Reds' frustration grew as Adam Lallana limped off to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.

Sigurdson's eye for a pass was causing Liverpool huge problems with his ball over the top of finding a stretching Jack Cork, who could not get enough power in the shot to test Loris Karius.

Borja should then have opened his Swansea account when Sigurdsson's free-kick set him up from eight yards, but the Spaniard planted his header wide.

Liverpool finally roused themselves in the closing stages of the first half after Sturridge was booked for simulation in the penalty area.

But Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were foiled by brave blocks from Jordi Amat and Fer, while Karius held Sigurdsson's free-kick at the second attempt at the other end.

Liverpool stayed on the front foot after the restart, with Firmino forcing a first save from Lukasz Fabianski and Amat clearing as Mane's shot squirmed across an unguarded six-yard box.

Their pressure was rewarded after 54 minutes when Jordan Henderson lifted a ball into the box after Philippe Coutinho's free-kick had been blocked and Firmino nodded home his fourth goal of the season.

Coutinho curled home as Liverpool sought to make their superiority count and Nathaniel Clyne fired straight at Fabianski.

But the telling moment came when substitute Modou Barrow skied a clearance and Rangel barged over Firmino as the ball dropped, allowing Milner to dispatch his third penalty in two games.

Van der Hoorn's late miss meant there was no way back for Swansea.

Online Editors

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph