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Fer 8


Firmino 54, Milner 84 pen

JURGEN KLOPP revealed that it had taken a hot blast to cut through the damp Welsh drizzle and fire up Liverpool's title ambitions.

The Reds boss gave full vent to his frustrations at half-time and the result was a turnaround that provided a fourth straight league victory for his team.

Roberto Firmino and James Milner's penalty wiped out Leroy Fer's goal to leave Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin still without a victory since the opening day of the season.

Guidolin was a strange mixture of defiance and indifference over his position afterwards, but it appears the end must be close for the Italian.

His team produced a whole-hearted and at times impressive display, but he needs points, not plaudits.

It might have been different if Spanish striker Borja Baston had shown the same kind of accuracy with his head that Firmino displayed for his equaliser.

As it was, Borja and Mike van der Hoorn missed sitters for the Swans and Klopp's furious urgings were enough to see Liverpool home.

Klopp admitted: "I was very angry at half-time. I have lost a lot of football games, but today was making no sense.

"It was not a day for us to lose. I told the players it was not allowed to just accept a bad day. We had to fight against it. We had to strike back.

"We lost patience and were moaning about some day to lose decisions. We need to stop that. We were angry with ourselves, but we got cooler.

"It's important that when you are not brilliant you are still able to win.

"I didn't think this would be a bad day, because there was no sign in training. But we were not ready for that first half and I take responsibility. We were too static in our build-up. Swansea did well, but we should not have let it be that easy.

"We got better in the second half and when we let the ball roll it became difficult for Swansea."

The Swans' first-half display was slick and assertive and had Liverpool on the back foot. They deservedl fourth d have went ahead when Fer swept in his goal of the season and should added to it through Borja.

But there were signs of a Liverpool response even before Klopp's half-time thermals. Firmino and Philippe Coutinho began showing more energy and the reward came early in the second half. Firmino planted a 54th-minute header past Lukasz Fabianski when Swansea left the Brazilian unmarked tomeet cross Then to meet Jordan Henderson's cross. Then, after a number of near misses, Swansea undid all their determined resolve when Mo Barrow's clearance put Angel Rangel under acute pressure six minutes from time and he pushed Firmino as the Liverpool striker prepared to shoot.

Milner (left) slotted in the penalty, but Liverpool were lucky when Van der Hoorn missed a simple chance at the death.

"We deserved to lead but against a team like Liverpool it was important to score again," said Guidolin. "I am disappointed.

"The relationship between me and my players is perfect.

"They have good quality and character. They fought for 95 minutes today and that is the important thing."

Next Fixtures

Arsenal v Swansea, Saturday, October 15, Premier League, 3pm.

Liverpool v Man Utd, Monday, October 17, Premier League, 8pm.


SWANSEA: Fabianski 7, Rangel 6, Van der Hoorn 6, Amat 6, Naughton 6, Britton 7 (Ki Sung-Yueng 62, 5), Fer 7, (Fulton 71, 5) Cork 6, Routledge 6 (Barrow 61, 5), Sigurdsson 7, Borja 6. Subs not Used: Nordfeldt, Taylor, Mawson, McBurnie.

LIVERPOOL: Karius 6, Clyne 6, Matip 6, Lovren 6, Milner 6, Henderson 6, Lallana 5 (Sturridge 23, 6), Wijnaldum 5 (Can 84), Mane 7, Coutinho 7, Firmino 7 (Origi 84).

Subs not Used: Mignolet, Klavan, Moreno, Leiva.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Philippe Coutinho. Provided tempo and energy when Liverpool needed it most.

REFEREE: Michael Oliver. Harsh call for late penalty, but at least he mulled it over.

"I was very angry and told players it was not a day to lose JURGEN KLOPP


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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 2, 2016
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