SWANSEA 1-LIVERPOOL 0: HIGH FLYING LIVERPOOL CRASH LAND IN WALES
So my dear Liverpool yet again you fall my hand? You smashed the unbeaten Manchester City Last week and got our harts Racing..then what do you do? You go on and lose to relegation strugglers Swansea. Seriously?.
The 4-3 over Manchester City raised expectations, confirmation that yet another one of these emerging Liverpool sides is ready for all-comers. Then boom everything crashes.
We deserved to lose though, as well, beaten by for the first time in 19 games across all competitions when Alfie Mawson scored 41 minutes in.
The Premier League title is beyond Liverpool, of course it is, but this was a night to send a clear message to the rest of the pack.
Had they won at the Statue of Liberty Stadium they would have been breathing down the necks of Manchester United and Chelsea. What a missed opportunity.
A night of disappointment for Salah
Instead they are vulnerable again, looking over their shoulders because fifth placed Tottenham are two points adrift.
Sure, we are entitled to lose the odd game here and there, but away at the bottom club after a full week rested up is not quite good enough.
If Jurgen Klopp and the gang under-estimated Swansea, they made an amateurish mistake.
What a night for these Swans, catching West Brom on points after their first Premier League win at home since turning the Baggies over on December 9.
They went in front with their first chance of the half, when Mawson stuck away his chance after Van Dijk failed to clear a corner.
This was a night for nostalgia for the long suffering Swansea Fans, a throwback to the times when Swansea pushed the ball around the Liberty Stadium for fun.
To think they used to mix it with Liverpool and the rest of the big boys when Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup were managers here.
He has it now.
Mawson’s goal gave this whole place a lift, the sort of strike that made these Swans believe they could beat the drop.
Van dijk with a chance.
Our last defeat was October 22 when Tottenham put us to the sword 4-1 at Wembley. So this was a strange sight to witness.
There should have been a spring in the step after the Mancity win, but the glow of that thrill-a-minute victory had worn off.
The front three, this fabled trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and magic man Mo Salah, struggled to settle into a rhythm.
They are usually so eye-catching, causing maximum chaos by switching wings and positions at will.
Their touch deserted them here.
Salah made one chance for Mane in the first half, but the Liverpool forward drilled the effort wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s post.
There was no conviction about Liverpool, nothing to suggest that they had enough about them to back into it.
Sometimes it goes that way, with a few too many players off the boil in a big match.
Unfortunately, that is the Liverpool way.
Incredibly they were denied an equaliser deep into injury time when Firmino headed against the post and Lallana’s stabbed effort was deflected away for a corner.