Saturday November 5, 2011 Day 11 Finished Anfield

  1. Liverpool held by gutsy Swansea

    Liverpool held by gutsy Swansea

    Liverpool were left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw at home to Swansea City in their Premier League clash at Anfield. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Liverpool
    • Swansea City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at Anfield, and Swansea City have clung on to claim a valuable goalless draw and what is only their second point away from home this season! Liverpool go away very frustrated, but Swansea certainly deserve a share of the spoils. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' It's all Liverpool late on, but Swansea look set to cling on as the ball flies out of play once more after more frantic defending.
    • 90+1' The first of four added minutes sees Swansea peg Liverpool back in their half with a counter through Allen.
    • 90' What a save from Vorm! Johnson volleys fiercely on target as the ball drops to him inside the box, but Vorm pulls off another superb save!
    • 89' Vorm pulls off a stunning save to deny Suarez, and that shot was very fiercely struck from the forward!
    • 87' KUYT SCORES, BUT IT'S DISALLOWED! Kuyt steals in to convert from close range, but he is rightly ruled offside in what is a marginal call from assistant Sian Massey!
    • 85' Swansea are forced under the cosh, and this is a desperate final few minutes for the visitors.
    • 84' What a chance! Swansea break at pace with Graham heading Dyer's dinked cross back across the Liverpool box, but the onrushing Allen blasts his shot over the bar!
    • 83' Dalglish looks very frustrated and pretty helpless on the touchline now as Bellamy fails to make an immediate impact.
    • 82' The travelling supporters are roaring on their side now as the visitors continue to confound Liverpool.
    • 81' Adam steps up and drives a low shot into the wall as the ball is deflected wide for a corner, and Swansea cling on.
    • 80' Williams brings down Suarez on the edge of the Swansea box, and he is booked for an infringement which could lead to a chance...
    • 79' Vorm flies off his line and is almost left exposed, but Agger's header loops over the keeper and over the crossbar as the visitors were not punished.
    • 78' Liverpool win a corner through Suarez, and the hosts through bodies forward desperately.
    • 77' Downing flies forward at pace and unleashes a fierce drive, but it soars hopelessly over the crossbar.
    • 76' Liverpool keep the ball in their own half, but Swansea are entirely composed and defend stoutly.
    • 75' Carroll departs after an inauspicious showing, and on comes Craig Bellamy, who gets a mixed reception with the Swansea fans greeting the Cardiff man in their own way!
    • 74' Routledge makes way for Scott Sinclair, and this is a very positive move from Rodgers.
    • 73' Carroll wins a flick on and Suarez does at last get on the end of it, but the return pass is poor and the ball drifts out of play.
    • 72' Johnson hauls down Allen deep inside the Liverpool half, and quite how the right back is not yet on a booking is beyond belief.
    • 71' Liverpool look to steady themselves with a series of passes at the back, before a long ball from Enrique fails to pick out Carroll.
    • 70' Rodgers calls over a couple of players and holds a mini team talk, and both managers must be considering fresh legs.
    • 69' Routledge goes down on halfway clutching his back, and Skrtel boots the ball out of play as the hold up is met with a chorus of boos.
    • 68' Gower loses his composure as he blasts a wild shot way over the crossbar, and that was a poor effort.
    • 67' Agger brings down Routledge on the edge of the Liverpool box, and this could be very dangerous...
    • 65' What a double save from Reina! It's all Swansea right now as Dyer drives a low shot on target to draw the first save from the Spaniard, before Graham is thwarted as he looks to convert the rebound!
    • 64' Swansea are enjoying a very fruitful spell as Dyer gets in behind Skrtel and turns the through ball from Britton on target, with Reina taking a gamble a long way off his line to block!
    • 63' There is no joy for Johnson as he flies down the right but sees his run ended abruptly by Rangel.
    • 62' Enrique is enjoying a lot of the ball out on the left, and Swansea are focusing on stopping Downing right now.
    • 61' Graham is looking a real threat in this second half as Liverpool leave themselves more exposed at the back, and Reina has to race out to clear!
    • 59' Reina is almost caught out! The keeper receives a pass back from Enrique and proceeds to get the ball stuck under his feet, and he is almost caught dallying by the onrushing Graham as the ball is just cleared in the nick of time!
    • 57' Vorm is swiftly off his line in commanding fashion to claim the free kick from Adam, and that was overhit.
    • 56' Adam will take the set piece after an interminable delay, and this could be dangerous...
    • 55' Johnson is fouled by Taylor, and immediately the yellow card comes out - it did look as though the right back ran into the Swansea man there.
    • 54' Suarez fouls Britton, and the second half continues to be a fair bit scrappier than the first so far.
    • 53' Downing does well to challenge Rangel, but Williams sweeps up the danger and covers for his team-mate.
    • 52' Rangel gets down the right for Swansea, but Lucas is able to dispossess Routledge and find Adam.
    • 51' Swansea build from the back once more, and the visitors are keeping possession in very impressive fashion early in this second half.
    • 49' Gower and Allen combine for Swansea in the middle of the park, and the visitors are growing in confidence.
    • 48' Adam drops deeper than even the Liverpool defenders to pick up a short goal kick from Reina, and he links the play.
    • 47' Vorm does very well to command his area, claiming a high ball superbly amid a crowd of bodies in the box.
    • 46' The second half is underway, and Dalglish has introduced Dirk Kuyt at the expense of Jordan Henderson.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle goes at Anfield, and it is goalless between Liverpool and Swansea in what has been a very entertaining match so far. Carroll squandered a glorious chance and should have put Liverpool in front early on, but neither defence has yet been breached. What is your assessment of that first half, and how do you see the second half panning out? Get in touch with your views and predictions...
    • 45' There will be just one added minute at the end of this first half as Carroll heads on target from a corner from Adam, but Vorm saves. This is a strong finish to the half from the hosts!
    • 44' Rangel wins a free kick for Swansea in the visitors' half, and they can build from the back once more now.
    • 43' Enrique whips over a deep delivery to the back post, but this time Downing cannot do anything with his header.
    • 42' Adam picks out Henderson with another raking diagonal ball to the back post, but the midfielder is penalised for pushing.
    • 41' Carroll heads the ball back across the Swansea box from the back post, but again there is no one in a red shirt busting a gut to get on the end of the knock down.
    • 40' Routledge whips over a devilish delivery from the right, but Graham is again ruled offside - it's another marginal decision.
    • 39' Dyer switches wings with Routledge once more, and he wins a corner with a sharp run to the byline.
    • 38' Graham is ruled offside as he looks to latch on to a through ball from Gower, and that was marginal.
    • 37' Taylor and Routledge exchange neat passes out on the left, before Allen curls a very fine shot narrowly wide of the far post!
    • 36' Suarez combines with Carroll once more, but the pair are contained as the Geordie eventually sees a shot blocked by Monk.
    • 35' Adams fouls Gower with a pretty crude challenge, and he has to be very careful. /// Robert Aaron Davies believes this will be a very tough game for Liverpool as promoted teams should never be underestimated.
    • 34' Johnson provides the width for Liverpool out on the right, and Henderson is playing very centrally.
    • 33' Graham fails to track Skrtel as the defender hurtles forward, and Monk deflects his shot wide - that could have been very dangerous.
    • 32' Suarez looks to flick one in behind the Swansea back four for Downing, but Williams stands firm to clear.
    • 31' Skrtel and Agger exchange passes once more at the back, and Liverpool take stock in their own half.
    • 30' Suarez again gets in behind Rangel, but his shot flies into the side-netting from an acute angle.
    • 29' Vorm matches his opposite number! Suarez swivels sharply and creates space for himself on the edge of the Swansea box before drilling a fierce low shot which Vorm tips wide magnificently!
    • 27' What a save from Raina! Routledge does superbly to jink between three challenges and dink a precise ball into the Liverpool box, and Graham almost turns the ball into the net with a faint touch, but Raina saves!
    • 26' Liverpool are very nearly caught off guard as Allen gets down the right and cuts the ball back, but Graham mistimes his run.
    • 25' Downing continues to get down the left and cause havoc, with Swansea unable to contain him thus far.
    • 24' Swansea's back four already look pretty stretched, and Rodgers looks pretty agitated on the touchline.
    • 23' Johnson whips over a pretty poor left-footed delivery from the right, but Lucas can only head into Suarez's back!
    • 22' Williams does well to stand his ground and make a robust challenge on Suarez, and that is very fine defending.
    • 21' Adam and Henderson exchange passes deep inside the Swansea half, but again the move breaks down.
    • 20' Swansea have enjoyed 53 per cent of the possession, which seems rather remarkable, and Liverpool have certainly done more with the ball.
    • 19' Agger flies in to meet the corner kick from Adam, but he can only faintly glance his header out for a throw in.
    • 18' Downing stands a deep cross up at the back post, but Carroll cannot meet it cleanly before Adam wins a corner which he will take.
    • 17' Suarez drills a very fine shot from the edge of the Swansea box, and the ball fizzes narrowly wide of the near post!
    • 16' Gower marauds forward and lashes a wild shot miles over the crossbar as the Liverpool back four back off him and invite the effort.
    • 15' Dyer looks to get beyond Enrique, and he manages to win an attacking free kick as the left-back fouls his man with a tug of the shirt.
    • 14' Taylor hobbles away to the touchline after taking a knock and twisting his right knee, but he should be okay to continue.
    • 13' Carroll again knocks the ball down for Suarez, but the striker can't get on the end of it before Adam trips Allen and is booked for a very cynical challenge.
    • 12' That Carroll miss is also the 11th time that Liverpool have struck the woodwork so far this season!
    • 11' Rodgers is furiously scribbling notes in his pad, while Dalglish is standing with his arms crossed very pensively.
    • 10' Lucas trips Dyer on halfway, and Swansea can now build with bodies forward in the Liverpool half.
    • 9' Liverpool continue to keep the ball with consummate ease, and surely further chances will fall Carroll's way.
    • 8' What a miss from Carroll! Downing gets down the left once more and whips over a quite stunning delivery across the six-yard box, and inexplicably Carroll side-foots the ball against the crossbar! Oh dear!
    • 7' Adam picks out Carroll with a raking long ball, but there is no one on hand to meet the knock down from the big striker.
    • 6' Downing floats another cross into the box, but again it is too deep for either Suarez or Carroll and Swansea can clear.
    • 5' Suarez gets a couple of good early touches as he settles into the match, before Swansea keep the ball in their own half.
    • 4' Henderson exchanges passes with Adam in the midfield, and Swansea are suddenly left chasing shadows.
    • 3' Both managers are already anxiously out on the touchline barking orders at their players. /// Yousef Breyhe reckons this will be a very entertaining game and is predicting a 2-1 win for Liverpool.
    • 2' Carroll drops off the front line to link up the play, before Downing loops a deep cross over Henderson's head at the back post.
    • 1' The first half is underway at Anfield, and both sets of supporters are in full voice as the visitors settle into a good stint of possession.
    • 14:55 We're just five minutes from kick-off now at Anfield, and the pitch is bathed in sunshine. It's a glorious afternoon! /// Oliver Thompson believes that this will be the game where liverpool go from steady to spectacular. A Suarez hat-trick is long-overdue. What do others think?
    • 14:50 Right, it's time for you to post your pre-match predictions! What do you think the scoreline will be today, and who are you backing to get on the scoresheet, if anyone? Get in touch with your forecasts...
    • 14:45 Swansea's trip to Anfield is their first since an 8-0 humbling in the FA Cup 21 years ago and, while they will be underdogs against Kenny Dalglish's side, the south Wales club believe they can get a positive result. Meanwhile, The Reds are unbeaten at home this season but have drawn three of their five games, including sharing the spoils with Sunderland and Norwich.
    • 14:40 Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers makes just one change from the line-up which started the 3-1 victory over Bolton with Wayne Routledge replacing Scott Sinclair. Do you think both managers have named the right XIs today?
    • 14:35 Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish names an unchanged team for Swansea's first visit to Anfield for more than 21 years. Dalglish keeps faith with the side which extended their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions at West Brom last week with Jamie Carragher having not recovered from a calf problem.
    • 14:30 Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina believes the club have made such huge strides in the last 12 months that players can now talk about winning the championship again. "We are a much better team than last season," he said. "We have strength in the team and the squad and it has become competitive right now. It is just the first step we have to take in a long-term project. We want to be even better and at some point be champions of the Premier League again." Story in full
    • 14:25 Swansea defender Angel Rangel hopes he can live up to the praise bestowed on him by Craig Bellamy should the pair come face-to-face. The full-back played against Bellamy in last season's south Wales derby at the Liberty Stadium, with the Liverpool forward then on loan at Cardiff. Bellamy struck a stunning winner in that game, which remains the last time Swansea lost on home turf, but was full of praise for Rangel after that match, saying he felt his opponent was a top player. Read the full story
    • 14:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Kelly, Bellamy /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Gower, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Graham, Dyer. Subs: Tremmel, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Agustien, Richards, Moras
    • 14:15 TEAM NEWS: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will miss the match after being ruled out for the next fortnight with an ankle infection. Gerrard's absence means midfielder Jordan Henderson, who deputised in last week's win at West Brom, is likely to keep his place. Defender Jamie Carragher's calf injury which forced him to miss the match at The Hawthorns will be assessed late on to see whether the centre-back is ready to return.
    • 14:10 Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers is boosted by the return of Kemy Agustien for the trip. The Dutch midfielder has been out for six weeks with a hamstring problem and he is likely to make his return on the bench with Mark Gower, Leon Britton and Joe Allen having performed so well in his absence. But the trip to Anfield comes too soon for Stephen Dobbie, who is likely to return following the international break after an ankle injury.
    • 14:05 Kenny Dalglish's side can move up to fifth ahead of Tottenham - who are not playing until Sunday - if they can get a positive result today, albeit having already played a game more than Spurs. Swansea currently lie in 10th place in a very congested mid-table. Premier League table
    • 14:00 Welcome to LIVE text commentary of Liverpool's Premier League clash with Swansea City at Anfield.
  • Summary

    • 90' What a save from Vorm! Johnson volleys fiercely on target as the ball drops to him inside the box, but Vorm pulls off another superb save!
    • 89' Vorm pulls off a stunning save to deny Suarez, and that shot was very fiercely struck from the forward!
    • 84' What a chance! Swansea break at pace with Graham heading Dyer's dinked cross back across the Liverpool box, but the onrushing Allen blasts his shot over the bar!
    • 65' What a double save from Reina! It's all Swansea right now as Dyer drives a low shot on target to draw the first save from the Spaniard, before Graham is thwarted as he looks to convert the rebound!
    • 64' Swansea are enjoying a very fruitful spell as Dyer gets in behind Skrtel and turns the through ball from Britton on target, with Reina taking a gamble a long way off his line to block!
    • 59' Reina is almost caught out! The keeper receives a pass back from Enrique and proceeds to get the ball stuck under his feet, and he is almost caught dallying by the onrushing Graham as the ball is just cleared in the nick of time!
    • 45' There will be just one added minute at the end of this first half as Carroll heads on target from a corner from Adam, but Vorm saves. This is a strong finish to the half from the hosts!
    • 29' Vorm matches his opposite number! Suarez swivels sharply and creates space for himself on the edge of the Swansea box before drilling a fierce low shot which Vorm tips wide magnificently!
    • 27' What a save from Raina! Routledge does superbly to jink between three challenges and dink a precise ball into the Liverpool box, and Graham almost turns the ball into the net with a faint touch, but Raina saves!
    • 8' What a miss from Carroll! Downing gets down the left once more and whips over a quite stunning delivery across the six-yard box, and inexplicably Carroll side-foots the ball against the crossbar! Oh dear!
    • 14:20 THE TEAMS ARE IN! Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Jose Enrique, Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing, Carroll, Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Kelly, Bellamy /// Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor, Gower, Britton, Allen, Routledge, Graham, Dyer. Subs: Tremmel, Sinclair, Lita, Moore, Agustien, Richards, Moras

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