Swansea City earned a shock win 3-2 over Liverpool in a dramatic contest at Anfield in today’s early kick off in the Premier League.
The Reds’ title hopes are now hanging by a thread as they face the prospect of falling ten points behind leaders Chelsea by the end of this weekend’s action.
Once again, Jurgen Klopp’s side’s deficiencies at the back were exposed, with all three of Swansea’s goals coming from weak play from goalkeeper Simon Mignolet and the back four in front of him.
After a goalless first period, the Swans came to life at the start of the second half with two goals in the space of four minutes from Fernando Llorente.
The Spaniard, linked recently with a surprise move to Chelsea, showed some of his best form since moving to the Premier League with a well-taken finish from close range after sloppy Liverpool marking.
Just moments later, Llorente punished the home side again with a superb header as he attacked a brilliantly whipped in cross from Swans new-boy Tom Carroll, though Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum let the former Juventus man past him far too easily.
Liverpool instantly threatened a comeback as Roberto Firmino headed home three minutes after Swansea’s second, latching on well to a James Milner cross from left-back.
The Brazilian then produced a moment of magic in the 69th minute to bring the home side level, controlling a difficult ball on the chest before swivelling and directing a left-footed volley past Lukasz Fabianski.
But it was all in vain as Swansea struck back yet again just five minutes later, this time with Gylfi Sigurdsson sliding onto a loose ball in the box to silence the Anfield crowd.
Klopp’s men will now be cursing their luck as their defence once again cost them in a winnable game, with Chelsea likely to punish their sloppiness by beating Hull at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.