A Mawson (40)
Swansea vs Liverpool
8:00pm Monday 22nd January
The Liberty Stadium
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KLOPP: NOT A GOOD GAME FOR US
MAN OF THE MATCH - ALFIE MAWSON
On the night when Van Dijk made him Premier League debut
for Liverpool, it was his opposing number who stole the headlines.
centre-back was outstanding throughout, setting the tone at the heart of a
battling defensive unit.
He took his goal with the finesse of a forward and
ensured it was the winner with a crucial block to deny Lallana in the closing
“He was outstanding,” Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher said. “He won
the game at both ends.”
Swansea: Fabianski (8), Naughton (7), Mawson (8), Van der Hoorn (7), Fernandez (7), Olsson (6), Fer (7), Clucas (7), Ki (6), Dyer (6), Ayew (7).Subs: Carroll (6), Bony (5).Liverpool: Karius (5), Gomez (5), Van Dijk (5), Matip (5), Robertson (6), Wijnaldum (5), Can (5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Mane (5), Firmino (5), Salah (5).Subs: Lallana (5), Ings (5).Man of the Match: Alfie Mawson
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MAWSON, FABIANSKI REACTION
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WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
SWANSEA 1-0 LIVERPOOL
It's all over at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea cling on to a vital victory over Liverpool, sealed by Alfie Mawson's first-half strike. Liverpool pushed and pushed for an equaliser by a valiant defensive display earns the hosts a vital victory in their battle against relegation!
90+4: OFF THE POST! Incredible! Firmino rises high at the back post to send a header crashing against the post before Lallana fires the rebound over from three yards!
90+3: CLOSE! Lallana plays Salah behind the Swansea defence but he fires woefully wide at the near post, much to the delight of the home faithful.
90+1: CHANCE! A sliced Swansea clearance presents Reds captain Emre Can with the chance to haul his side level, but he slices a volley horribly over the target.
90+1: There will be FOUR minutes of added time.
88: Firmino receives the ball in midfield, turns and fires towards goal, but his effort deflects behind for a corner. Swansea clear the initial delivery but Liverpool maintain the pressure, penning the hosts into their area before Lallana's cross is gathered by Fabianski.
85: It's all Liverpool here but there's no way through as Swansea continue to cling onto their lead. Robertson drills a cross into the area but Fernandez is on hand to turn it behind for a corner, from which a tame Van Dijk header is gathered by Fabianski.
82: SHOT! Van Dijk goes close again as he tries his luck from 25 yards but his volley curls wide of the top corner of the Swansea goal.
81: CLOSE! Gomes gathers the ball in midfield, drives away from Bony and flashes a fierce near-post drive a yard wide.
79: SUB! Second change for Swansea as Jordan Ayew makes way for Wilfried Bony.
77: SAVE! Ings so nearly comes to the rescue for Liverpool as his great first touch opens up a sight of goal, but Fabianksi is on hand again to make a smart save low down to his left.
73: SUB! Second change for Liverpool as Danny Ings replaces Georginio Wijnaldum. Jurgen Klopp will be hoping Ings can only get better for his side after that substitution...
71: Can and Salah combine to present Matip with a sight of goal but the defender blazes a drive over at the near post.
70: Ayew calls Karius into action with near-post drive, but the Reds stopper sees it all the way to make a routine save.
69: Liverpool captain for the night, Emre Can, looks to mark the occasion with a goal at the end of a driving run, but his effort flashes over from 20 yards.
68: SUB! First change for Liverpool as Adam Lallana comes on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
67: Salah looks to have raced in behind the Swansea defence but out comes Fabianski yet again to head the ball clear. His reading of the game, particularly in the second, has been outstanding.
65: NO PENALTY! Mane throws himself to ground in the area when confronted by Naughton but Liverpool remain on the attack as Oxlade-Chamberlain's effort deflects behind for a corner, which comes to nothing. Certainly nothing doing for the Reds' penalty appeal.
64: SUB! First change for Swansea as Nathan Dyer makes way for Tom Carroll.
63: Oxlade-Chamberlain floats an enticing ball forward for Salah to attack but Fabianski races off his line to gather the ball before it reaches the Egyptian.
61: SAVE! Salah clips a free-kick over the Swansea wall, drawing a fingertip save from Fabianski, and the danger is further averted as the resulting corner comes to nothing.
59: Matip threads a pass up to Mane who spins and drives at the Swansea defence before Ki brings him to ground.
57: Back from Liverpool as Salah threads Firmino through on goal but Fabianski is quick off his line to thwart the Brazilian.
56: Liverpool starting to ask real questions of Swansea now as Robertson's drilled low ball flashes across the face of goal and behind for a goal kick.
55: TACKLE! Stunning intervention from Naughton. Salah's deft flick presents Robertson with a clear sight of goal but the Swansea full-back gets back in the nick of time to prevent him from finding the target.
54: Dyer gives away possession cheaply in midfield, allowing Salah to drive towards the Swansea goal. Mawson and Fernandez stand off the Egyptian, but they are let off the hook as he curls an effort wide.
52: Frustration starting to set in for Liverpool as Matip is penalised for a trip on Ayew in midfield, relieving the pressure the Reds were trying to exert.
49: With Liverpool exposed after the resulting corner, Ayew breaks on the counter, skipping past Mane to get right up to the area. But Gomez comes across and intervenes with a well-time tackle, relieving the pressure on the visitors.
48: Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to release Firimno with a hopeful long ball up field but Fernandez and Van der Hoorn combine to deny the Liverpool forward, and the resulting corner comes to nothing.
47: The ball is fired up to Ayew in Liverpool territory and his deft flick looks to have knocked it beyond Matip. The Liverpool defender intercepts in the nick of time, there's a hint of handball but the referee allows play to continue.
KICK-OFF! Liverpool get the second half underway!
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So Swansea lead at the break at the Liberty Stadium thanks to Alfie Mawson's crisp strike. The Swans have battled to keep their high-flying rivals at bay and got their just rewards five minutes before the interval. The visitors' defending for Mawson's goal was questionable, but having created a host of chances in the first period, it's not complete and utter panic stations for Jurgen Klopp's men.
45+2: HUGE CHANCE! Liverpool have a glorious chance to go into the break on level terms as Salah's lofted pass presents Mane with a clear scoring opportunity, but the Liverpool forward fires a volley wide on the stretch.
45+1: There will be ONE minute of added time at a rocking Liberty Stadium.
45: YELLOW! Matip ends up in the referee's notebook for a cynical swipe on Clucas.
44: YELLOW! Robertson picks up the first booking of the game following a scuffle with Ayew, who was trying to lead Swansea away on the counter.
GOAL! SWANSEA 1-0 LIVERPOOL (Mawson, 40)
Out of nothing Swansea take the lead! A handful of Liverpool players go to clear the same ball, resulting in Van Dijk half-heartedly heading clear. It strikes bodies in the box before falling for Alfie Mawson, who strokes a low effort into the bottom corner and beyond the reach of Karius!
SWANSEA 0-0 LIVERPOOL
40: Swansea maintain the pressure, with Van der Hoorn's knock back at the far post forcing Van Dijk to turn the ball behind for another corner.
39: Olsson whips a wicked cross into the Liverpool area which Van Dijk hacks behind for a corner.
38: Liverpool work the ball nicely down the right as Wijnaldum and Gomez combine in tight confines, but the right-back over-hits his cross and it almost goes out for a throw-in.
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