Liverpool 0-0 Swansea City – Match Review

Liverpool failed to win at Anfield for the third successive game after they were frustrated by a Swansea side who produced a resolute performance to claim a memorable point.

The Swans had keeper Michael Vorm to thank for a wonder save in the final minutes to thwart Kenny Dalglish’s side and secure his sides second away point of the season. Both teams had penalty shouts turned down by referee Phil Dowd whilst Red’s striker Andy Carroll rattled the crossbar as the home side struggled to break down a stern visiting back line. The Welsh side had suffered an 8-0 thrashing on their last visit to Anfield and went into the game with the knowledge that they’ve never beaten Liverpool on their own turf. Brendan Rodgers side were impressive on this occasion with their usual slick passing game, at times, ┬áproving too much for their hosts as they deservedly left Merseyside with a precious point. It could have been so different had Carroll managed to convert an early chance instead of striking the bar after seven minutes. A flowing move between Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing saw the latter play Carroll in only for the England striker to crash his effort against the bar from six-yards out.

It proved to be a tone setter as both sides created and squandered chances at regular intervals with Luis Suarez also going close to breaking the deadlock only to fire wide. Swansea slowly grew into the game and Danny Graham should have done better to reach Wayne Routledge’s cross after the winger beat two men down the right. Vorm was then called into action tipping Suarez’s 25-yard strike wide before Joe Allen lashed an effort wide of Pepe Reina’s goal at the other end. Carroll was then presented with another chance but his header failed to fully test Vorm and the Dutch stopped had to be alert after Suarez flicked Adam’s free kick towards goal.

Liverpool’s Spanish keeper then almost gifted Swansea the lead after spilling Nathan Dyer’s shot into the patch of Graham only to make amends by denying the former Watford man from making it five goals in as many games. The visitors then had a penalty shout turned away by referee Dowd after Leon Brittan was fouled just inside the Red’s penalty area by Daniel Agger but the offence as adjudged to have taken place outside the area. Liverpool also thought they should have had a spot kick after Suarez claimed he was brought down in the area before Mark Gower blazed a glorious chance over from 12-yards in the final minutes after Dyer’s cross was chester into the midfielders pass by Graham. He was almost made to pay and had Vorm to thank for pulling off a wonder save to keep out Glen Johnson’s 20-yard thunderbolt that threatened to spoil the Swan’s afternoon.