- Swansea vs Liverpool

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Sunday 25 November 2012 | Liberty Stadium | Referee: Jonathan Moss | Attendance 20,621

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Brendan Rodgers secured a point on his return to the Liberty Stadium but will feel his Liverpool side deserved more at the home of his former employers after a goalless draw.

The Reds had Jose Enrique’s first-half strike ruled out for a marginal offside decision, while teenage prodigy Raheem Sterling rattled the bar and Jonjo Shelvey’s late strike was beaten out by Gerhard Tremmel.

Man of the match Pablo Hernandez had Swansea’s best chances. The Spain winger curled narrowly wide in the first half before having his low-free-kick brilliantly tipped wide by Jose Reina. Ashley Williams also saw former Swan Joe Allen clear his header off the line.

Despite seeing his side only secure a point, which extended their unbeaten league run to eight games but keeps them below Swansea in the table, Rodgers will have taken heart from another promising performance as he looks to rebuild at Anfield, with Sterling, Enrique and Glen Johnson excelling.

And with his intimate knowledge of Swansea’s style, the Northern Irishman, who received a good reception from the home faithful, set Liverpool up to press his former club as high up the pitch as possible.

It proved effective, and Johnson might have given them the lead from Steven Gerrard’s corner after Allen had dispossessed Leon Britton.

At the other end Wayne Routledge forced a sharp near post save from Reina after turning on the edge of the area, but Liverpool had started the stronger and Jose Enrique steered a shot narrowly wide from Sterling’s cross.

Enrique turned provider with a lovely pass for Johnson in the 26th minute, but Tremmel was out quickly to block his effort.

Swansea were initially limited to counterattacks, and one sharp break saw Hernandez go close to breaking the deadlock, his curling strike beating Reina but also the far post.

Liverpool went straight up the other end and failed to convert a trio of clear-cut chances that would have given them a deserved reward for their dominance.

Angel Rangel’s brave block denied Suarez a simple finish, before Sterling struck the bar with a thunderous volley.

Enrique had the ball in the net after 34 minutes from Suarez’s delicate pass, but the assistant referee ruled offside, although replays suggested he may have been level.

Hernandez, Swansea’s most lively operator, shot over the bar as half-time closed in, but Liverpool’s superiority prompted Swans manager Michael Laudrup to bring on Ki Sung-yueng on for Itay Shechter at half-time and pushed Michu up front.

The change succeeded in solidifying the Swans midfield but the visitors still looked the more likely to break the deadlock, with Tremmel beating away a fierce angled drive from Suarez.

After that scare the hosts enjoyed their best spell of the game. Michu had a header saved by Reina when Hernandez broke free of Johnson’s marking before Allen denied his former team by clearing a Williams header off the line at the far post.

Nathan Dyer, just on as a substitute, raced through on goal after robbing Stewart Downing at left-back, but could not beat Reina as the two slid for the loose ball and collided. Both players were fine to continue after treatment.

Michu had a penalty appeal turned down after a grapple with Daniel Agger, and Swansea would have gone behind had Liverpool not blown a golden opportunity with eight minutes to play.

Suarez and Sterling broke from a Swansea corner and had only Ben Davies in front of them, but a laboured pass from the winger forced the Uruguayan wide and Tremmel held his shot.

Hernandez thought he had stolen the points with just three minutes remaining, only for Reina to make a superb fingertip save, before Tremmel blocked Jonjo Shelvey’s fizzing strike to ensure the points were shared.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "The difference is that little bit of quality in the final third and that's something we will look to improve on as time goes on, but I was pleased with our build up, creativity and method and we were just a bit unfortunate with the offside goal and the chance we had with the two v one.

"It was very respectful and I thank them [the fans] for that, I will always remember my time here with good memories. It was an emotional return, I have seen so many people I shared great moments of my life with. It is a fantastic place to come back to and I was really looking forward to coming back to it."

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup: "It was a good point, I think we deserved that point. In the first half they had more chances than us but we had chances too and I am pleased with the performance.

"You know when you play against Suarez and [Steven] Gerrard they can always invent something, but I think we handled it well.

"[Luis] Suarez did some good things, but maybe less than he is used to as he played against two guys who did very well. There was one foul and yellow card for Chico [Flores] but it was a fantastic game defensively."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
25. Gerhard Tremmel - -
33. Ben Davies - -
22. Angel Rangel - -
6. Ashley Williams - -
4. Chico - -
7. Leon Britton - -
20. Jonathan De Guzmán - -
9. Michu - -
15. Wayne Routledge - -
11. Pablo Hernández - -
17. Itay Shechter - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
12. Nathan Dyer - -
24. Ki Sung-Yueng - -
16. Garry Monk - -
21. Dwight Tiendalli - -
26. Kemy Agustien - -
13. David Cornell - -
18. Leroy Lita - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
25. José Reina - -
19. Stewart Downing - -
37. Martin Skrtel - -
2. Glen Johnson - -
5. Daniel Agger - -
8. Steven Gerrard - -
14. Jordan Henderson - -
24. Joe Allen - -
31. Raheem Sterling - -
7. Luis Suárez - -
3. José Enrique - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
30. Suso - -
23. Jamie Carragher - -
1. Bradley Jones - -
16. Sebastián Coates - -
33. Jonjo Shelvey - -
10. Joe Cole - -
4. Nuri Sahin - -

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