Sunday, 6 November 2011

Liverpool v Swansea Match Report

Liverpool walked away with an unhappy point as they drew 0-0 against Swansea yesterday at Anfield.

Although the Reds had several chances, particularly from Luis Suarez, they were unable to get on the scoresheet.

Liverpool were on the attack from the start, with striker Andy Carroll given prime opportunity to score in the first seven minutes. However, the ball hit the woodwork and it set the scene for the rest of the match.

Swansea’ keeper Michel Vorm was tested several times but was quick to deny the effort of Suarez, Carroll, midfielder Stewart Downing and defender Glen Johnson. He was the Swans’ hero of the afternoon.

Pepe Reina was not left without any work either. The keeper and standing captain had a few close calls himself, leaving fans holding their breaths especially when Swansea’s Wayne Routledge passed two defenders, but his cross was not met by Danny Graham as hoped, and the Swans remained goalless.

In the last minutes, Dirk Kuyt managed to get one past Vorm but the celebrations quickly faded when he was ruled as offside, disallowing the only goal made.

The final seconds saw penalty calls from both sides but they were denied.

Liverpool were still without captain Steven Gerrard, who is recovering from an ankle infection, and Jamie Carragher, still out with a calf strain.

Manager Kenny Dalglish expressed his disappointment to reporters, saying Liverpool did not play as expected.

"I think the performance was disappointing,” he said. “Swansea played the way we would have expected they would play but we didn't play the way we expected to play.

"Anything that we were good at we certainly didn't do too much of today.”

Liverpool are currently in sixth place on the Premier League table.

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