Liverpool’s Title Hopes Are Getting Darker
After witnessing a scoreless first half, Anfield's faithful must've figured it was only a matter of times before their lads found twine.
They were right.
However, do did lowly Swansea. More often.
It led to the first time in 15 matches the Welsh side could claim victory in this 2-3 shocker that could cost the 'Pool dearly.
If by season's end, the Reds get passed in their quest for a spot in Europe next season by leaving these trois points on their own turf, they'll bemoan a few lost millions that those matches would bring.
Swans, on the other hand, needed those precious points more in their desperation to avoid the drop.
As usual, the real dogfight's at the bottomfoot. Falling out of the Premiership carries the specter of uncertainty as to when a club might return. That can cost devastating amounts of dosh for both team and players.
It's a definite motivator.
Meanwhile, back at the penthouse, Liverpool wanted this to be a match that'd restore lost confidence after two consecutive draw at Sunderland and Old Trafford.
The drama started in the second half when Fernando Llorente gave Swans a surprise lead three minutes after intermission to stun Jürgen Klopp's hosts. A careless Dejan Lovren header off Gylfi Sigurðsson's corner set up the opportunity:
Only four minutes later, the Swansea striker struck again.
Dude outjumped Georginio Wijnaldum to power in a header from Tom Carroll's cross:
Quite the pop in any language, no?
The Spaniard's been in good form recently, scoring seven times in his last ten Premier League games! Maybe Swans might go down, but with production like this, he'll find work at the top level somewhere.
They say that 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in football, and for a while, it looked to be true here.
A perfect response from Roberto Firminho made this a game again. Dude's close-range header came from James Milner's left-wing cross three minutes later:
The Brazilian bettered that with his second, brilliantly chesting down Wijnaldum's cross in the 69th minute and smashing a half-volley past Lukasz Fabianski:
Four goals from two players netting a pair each. Quite cool.
Swanseas looked contented to get away with a draw, but that changed five minutes later when Reds' centre-back Ragnar Klavan did a Tottenham and diverted the ball to an unmarked Sigurðsson.
The Icelander made no mistake:
Gotta like that oy-oy-oy there. That Russian announcer must idolize the Swedish chef.
Łukasz Fabiański saved from Divock Origi and Dejan Lovren to cement Swans' victory.
So, as they merrily found their way back to south Wales, the Reds found themselves still searching for answers.