Swansea City 0-0 Liverpool – Match Review
Brendan Rodgers endured a frustrating afternoon on his first return to Swansea as they held Liverpool to a goalless draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Much of the pre-match talk was of Rodgers’ first appearance in South Wales since his switch to Anfield in the summer, and he will be grateful to be heading back to Merseyside with a point.
In contrast Swans successor Michael Laudrup will be disappointed that his side failed to match their bright performance with a goal as they kept their first clean sheet in 11 Premier League games.
The visitors started well and almost went ahead when Raheem Sterling rattled the crossbar from just inside the penalty area, before Glen Johnson was denied by a superb save from Gerhard Tremmel.
Jose Enrique then thought he’d put the Reds into the lead when he headed Luis Suarez’s cross towards the far post just after the half hour, but he was correctly adjudged to be in an offside position when the ball was played.
At the other end Pablo Hernandez was proving to be the home sides most dangerous attacking outlet and he curled two sumptuous efforts wide of Pepe Reina’s goal, before the keeper saved from Wayne Routledge at his near post.
Laudrup threw Ki Sung-yeung on for Itay Schechter during the interval, allowing Michu to move into a more advanced role, and it proved a shrewd move as Swansea attacked with vigour after the restart.
Former Swans midfielder Joe Allen had to be alert to clear Ashley Williams’ header off the line, while Reina produced an excellent stop to prevent Hernadez’s free kick from finding the net.
With time running out Rodgers threw on youngster Jonjo Shelvey to inject some fresh legs but he couldn’t muster the decisive goal with Tremmel easily saving his 20-yard strike late on.