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Liverpool held again as Reds fail to unlock Swansea defence

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool side made the trip over to Wales to take on his former side Swansea City in the early kick-off on Sunday. Liverpool created the better chances in a match that will not linger long in the memory of those who watched it, but failed to beat Gerhard Tremmel in the Swansea goal, who had a good game. Luis Suarez had his usual energetic display registering a number of powerful shots on target, but none of them were of the nature that you would expect to beat a Premier League level goalkeeper. Liverpool did have a golden period towards the end of the first half where Raheem Sterling hit the woodwork before Jose Enrique had a goal rightly disallowed for offside. Swansea did not create enough clear cut chances of their own, and were probably happy to walk away with a clean sheet and the point which came with it.

There were a couple of changes to both sides for this game with Chico returning at center-back in place of Gary Monk for Swansea, while the rotation of wingers continued at the Liberty Stadium with Wayne Routledge getting a game ahead of Nathan Dyer. Liverpool also made two edits to the side which beat Wigan 3-0 last weekend with Glen Johnson moving across to right back due to the injury to Andre Wisdom, with Stewart Downing returning to the starting eleven. Jordan Henderson also got a game at the expense of Suso. Brendan Rodgers himself got a mixed reception at his former club.

Swansea made a bright start to the game with Pablo Hernandez in particular looking especially lively in the first half hour. Hernandez was terrorizing the Liverpool defence, getting a couple of sighters at goal, while also attempting to create some opportunities for his teammates.

Swansea though failed to make the most of their start and Liverpool got stronger as the half wore on. Their best chances in the half came within moments of each other with young Raheem Sterling leading a Liverpool attack where he attempted to set-up Luis Suarez for the opener. Suarez was denied, but the ball made its way back to the young Englishman, whose half-volley get the better of Tremmel, but was kept out by the width of the crossbar.

Moments later Jose Enrique in his new avtaar rampaging down the Liverpool left had the ball in the back of the net from Luis Suarez's cross, only for the goal to be ruled out by the referee's assistant who noticed that the Spaniard has sneaked ahead of play.

Swansea made a change at half-time, bringing on Sung-Yong Ki for Etey Shechter so that Michu could play in a more advanced role as the focal point of the Swans attack. That helped Swansea get a stronger foothold at the start of the second half after having gone into the break getting a bit over-run. Swansea though had a disappointing second half by their standards, failing to create anything concrete despite their players getting into some good positions and also earning some free-kicks around the box.

Liverpool on the other hand wasted a glorious 2-v-1 opportunity when Suarez and Sterling raced clear of the Swansea defence, but the youngster's pass to release Suarez took the Uruguayan striker wide, and by the time Suarez got the ball in a shooting position, there wasn't a lot left to aim at.

Liverpool continued to be the side looking for likely to score with substitute Jonjo Shelvey the latest to warm Tremmel's hands with a powerful drive from distance, but the Swansea second choice keeper showed that he was up to the challenge as the home side hung on clinch a crucial point.

Both teams will be in action again on Wednesday night with Liverpool on the road once again, visiting Tottenham in what could be a crucial game for the European hopes of both sides. Swansea meanwhile will host high-flying West Bromwich Albion and will look to put a dent in Steve Clarke's European aspirations.

Teams:

Swansea: Tremmel, Chico, Williams, Rangel, Davies, Britton, Michu, Pablo, Routledge (Dyer 67'), De Guzman (Agustien 85'), Shechter (Ki Sung-Yeung 46')

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Henderson (Shelvey 77'), Downing (Cole 77'), Allen, Sterling, Suarez

Final Score: Swansea 0-0 Liverpool