Liverpool was shocked at home on Saturday in the Premier League 3-2, falling to lowly Swansea City. The Reds blew a big chance to stay in the Premier League race, rallying from a 2-0 deficit before conceding 16 minutes from time.
Here’s what to know.
After Fernando Llorente scored in the 48th and 52nd minutes to give the Swans a 2-0 lead, Liverpool responded with Robert Firmino’s double (55′, 69′). It looked like the Reds were on their way to a fantastic comeback fueled by their potent attack, but Iceland star Gylfi Sigurdsson hushed the crowed at Anfield with this goal in the 74th minute, which proved to be the winner.
Llorente of Swansea. You always knew Swansea would concede. The Welsh club is the worst defensive team in the league. But the team has also been horrific in front of goal, thus explaining the uninspiring first half of the season. Llorrente hasn’t found any consistency since playing with Juventus in 2013-14, but with his two goals on the day, he now has six goals in his last 10 Premier League games.
Simon Mignolet of Liverpool. The goalkeeper conceded three, which is bad enough, but it was the second goal that he should have done better with. It was a fine header from Llorente, but it was close enough for him to save.
What this result means
This is massive for Swansea and horrible for Liverpool. The Swans are in the thick of the relegation battle, and the win sees them provisionally jump from 19th to 17th, out of the relegation zone.
As for Liverpool, the slip-up sees the club drop crucial points in the fight at the top of the table. With the result, Liverpool could be 10 points off the top if Chelsea beats Hull on Sunday. That wouldn’t mean the team would be out of the title race, but it would certainly damage its chances significantly.