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Liverpool come from behind to beat Swansea

James Milner

James Milner has scored four goals for Liverpool this season – all from the penalty spot

James Milner’s late penalty gave Liverpool a hard-fought victory over Swansea, increasing the pressure on Swans boss Francesco Guidolin.

Leroy Fer gave the hosts a first-half lead when he steered the ball home from close range at the back post after Baston Borja’s knockdown from a corner.

Roberto Firmino levelled shortly after half-time when he headed in from Jordan Henderson’s cross.

Milner netted the winner six minutes from time after Firmino was fouled.

The Liverpool captain’s goal was just reward a dominant second half from his team, who have now won four Premier League games in a row.

It was, however, a little cruel on Swansea, whose spirited performance has probably bought Guidolin a little more time to turn things around.

The Swans remain one point above the relegation zone and have not won in the league since the opening day of the season.

But the club’s owners had indicated before the game that the manner of performances would have as much of a bearing on Guidolin’s future as the results.

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Liverpool arrived in south Wales on a high, winning their past three league games and scoring 11 goals in the process.

Despite his side’s fluency in attack, manager Jurgen Klopp had expressed concerns about the Reds’ fragility from set-pieces, and his fears proved well founded as they fell behind in scrappy circumstances.

Rattled by their opponents’ energetic pressing, Liverpool conceded a corner and, from it, Swansea’s £15m record signing Borja headed across goal for Fer to turn the ball in from a yard out.

The ragged visitors could have conceded another had Borja not been so wayward with a free header – and Liverpool fans may have feared another hard lucky story, akin to their only defeat of the season at Burnley, on 20 August.

However, the visitors were vastly improved in the second half as they recaptured their recent impressive form and equalised thanks to more unsteady set-piece defending, as Firmino headed in from close range.

Klopp’s side dominated from that point and, after they were initially thwarted by dogged Swansea defending, they eventually struck when Angel Rangel pushed Firmino in the back and Milner calmly converted the penalty.

More to follow.

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Match ends, Swansea City 1, Liverpool 2.

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Liverpool 2.

Attempt missed. Mike van der Hoorn (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Divock Origi.

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution, Liverpool. Emre Can replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Goal! Swansea City 1, Liverpool 2. James Milner (Liverpool) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty Liverpool. Roberto Firmino draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Angel Rangel (Swansea City) after a foul in the penalty area.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Borja Bastón.

Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jack Cork.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Foul by Joel Matip (Liverpool).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Loris Karius (Liverpool) because of an injury.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Joel Matip.

Attempt blocked. Jay Fulton (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow with a cross.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Modou Barrow.

Substitution, Swansea City. Jay Fulton replaces Leroy Fer.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Attempt blocked. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by James Milner.

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Swansea City).

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City).

Substitution, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng replaces Leon Britton.

Substitution, Swansea City. Modou Barrow replaces Wayne Routledge.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Attempt blocked. Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Sadio Mané (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

Goal! Swansea City 1, Liverpool 1. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson following a set piece situation.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37459852