Swansea vs. Liverpool Score, Grades and Post-Match Reaction
Liverpool went back to the top of the league, but lost their perfect record after an exciting and entertaining 2-2 draw at Swansea City.
The opening couple of minutes were all about the best and the worst of Jonjo Shelvey, as the ex-Red scored inside two minutes and then immediately gifted Daniel Sturridge the equalising goal.
Poor Shelvey has failed to adjust from the red of Liverpool to the white of Swansea.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 16, 2013
Shelvey struck with his left foot after his initial right-foot effort was blocked.
419 - Jonjo Shelvey's goal was the first Liverpool had conceded in the Premier League in 419 minutes of play. Breached.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 16, 2013
His under-hit back-pass just a couple of minutes later, though, meant Sturridge had an easy finish to quickly level matters.
Liverpool dominated possession as the half went on, with Philippe Coutinho heavily involved in a more central role from the start this time. Swansea were compact and organised, though, and prevented the Reds from having too many clear-cut chances.
Victor Moses, debuting for Liverpool along with Mamadou Sakho, almost created a second for Sturridge after a great dribble from the left, but Michel Vorm made the save on the eventual headed shot.
Swansea had certainly come into the game as the half wore on, but Shelvey made a second error with a cross-field pass given straight to Moses. The on-loan man drove towards the net before hitting a low strike into the bottom corner for a debut goal.
Martin Skrtel had to be brave and alert to deny Bony with a goal-line challenge moments later, but the away side saw out the half with their lead intact.
The second half started at a similarly frantic pace with Swansea in the ascendency, but the match became rather aggressive and littered with yellow cards shortly after a poor Ashley Williams tackle left Coutinho injured and needing to be replaced.
Shelvey popped up once more just after the hour mark as he nodded down for Michu, who scored his first goal of the season with a well-hit first-time effort.
Wide-open chances were few and far between, but Mignolet had to be alert to make a number of saves from Jonathan De Guzman in particular.
Even Shelvey couldn't conjure a last-minute winner—at either end—and the two sides settled for a point apiece.
Key Player Grades
Daniel Sturridge: B
The striker made it four goals in four games with his good reading of the situation, and was a danger for the Reds in the first half. Once again, he was more relied upon to hold the ball up as Liverpool failed to continue dominating after the halfway point, and he perhaps tired as the game wore on.
Jonjo Shelvey: B
An amazing game for Liverpool—sorry, Swansea—from the midfielder. A goal in the first couple of minutes was wiped out with two errors contributing to his former side's goals, before he set up the equaliser after the break. Shelvey showed great mental resolve to play a significant part after the restart and, though some of his passing and tackling was typically off-key, he also helped his side take a point where they might not have had any otherwise.
Mamadou Sakho: C
The debutant at the back has a lot of quick adapting to do. He is used to playing a very different type of defensive line, stepping out of the back four to close down space ahead, and it cost Liverpool a number of chances on their goal. On the other hand, he made numerous headed clearances and a fine late tackle on Michu to stop a scoring chance.
After continuing their unbeaten start to the season, Liverpool will hope to get back to winning ways with a home match against Southampton at the weekend. Swansea are out of the bottom three and are away to Crystal Palace next week, and will fancy their chances of picking up a second victory of the season.
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