FT: Swansea 2 Liverpool 2

Swansea had the best of the second-half but could not make their dominance pay. Liverpool return to the top of the Premier League but their 100 per cent record has now gone. Thanks for following the game with me this evening. Stay here for report, reaction, ratings and plenty more.

A stunning tackle by Chico denies Aspas right on the full-time whistle. 2-2 is the final score.

Michu's first-time effort from the edge of the box has to be stopped by Mignolet, who dives low to his left to catch.

Chico has to be at his very best to intercept a through-ball for Sturridge as Liverpool break out on a rare counter-attack.

Five minutes of stoppage time to play. Liverpool would surely take a point now.

Rangel out-muscles Sterling before the full-back is fouled within shooting range. De Guzman bends the ball around the keeper's side of the wall but Mignolet makes a fine diving save before coming to punch clear the corner. Very good goalkeeping.

Routledge wins another corner as Swansea turn the screw but Mignolet makes a clean catch.

Pozuelo, who has looked sharp since he came on, bursts on to Michu's square pass but his shot from a central position outside the box is sliced wide.

Gerrard goes for goal but the Liverpool skipper fails to fool Vorm, who calmly watches the ball drift over the bar. Wasteful from Gerrard.

Sterling immediately wins a free-kick in a dangerous position on the left...

Raheem Sterling replaces Moses as Liverpool look to regain a foothold in the game.

Swansea win a corner after Routledge got in behind Henderson. Shelvey drives it in low but Sakho clears at the near post.

Swansea have had 60 per cent of the possession and it is they who look the most-likely winner at this stage, as Michu drags a shot beyond the far post.

Routledge touches the ball to Shelvey, who drives a low shot through the Liverpool wall but straight at Mignolet.

Lucas barges into de Guzman and gives away a free-kick within shooting range...

After the substitutions and stoppages, Swansea restart on the front foot and Pozuelo's trickery is brought to a close by a neat tackle by Sakho.

Liverpool make a change at the back, with Toure replacing Wisdom.

Bony, perhaps still feeling the after effects of being clattered by Mignolet, is replaced by Alejandro Pozuelo.

Liverpool defender Wisdom clatters into Davies and is rightly booked.

Again, Shelvey was involved, this time directing Britton's chipped pass into the path of Michu, who then shot across Mignolet into the far corner. Lovely goal.


Gerrard tries a low shot which is blocked by Williams, who then needs another two attempts to head the ball behind for a corner, which is then cleared. Good defending by the Swansea captain.

Just as a football match threatened to break out, Henderson halts Davies' progress and receives a yellow card.

Injuries, yellow cards and disagreements have disrupted the flow of the last 10 minutes but Mignolet displays good speed to come off his line and clear Skrtel's weak backpass, with Michu in attendance.

Bony is hurt after getting a knee in the back from Mignolet, who came to the edge of his box to superbly fist away de Guzman's delivery from deep. Bony looks okay to continue, once he has got some air back into his lungs.

Shelvey is booked after being pushed by Lucas following a petty disagreement over who should have had a restart. Lucas also goes in the book.

Coutinho cannot continue and is replaced in the Liverpool attack by Aspas.

Routledge gives away another free-kick in an almost-identical area to the one Gerrard just delivered. Again, the Liverpool captain sweeps the ball in, on to the instep of the unmarked Henderson at the far post. His attempted shot goes across goal, resulting in a scramble which is brought to a close by a low driving save from Vorm.

Coutinho limps away from the action as Gerrard delivers a set-piece, which Chico nods behind with Wisdom lurking. Gerrard's corner is then cleared.

After a minor disagreement with Henderson, Williams then puts in a high tackle on Coutinho and is rightly booked. Coutinho needs treatment...

Bony holds the ball up in front of Skrtel, but his attempted pass on the slide to Davies on the right is too strong and goes out for a goal-kick.

Swansea start the second half on the front foot, with Davies getting forward on the right, but his cross is chested away calmly by Sakho.

Laudrup has indeed brought on de Guzman, but Shelvey escapes the half-time hook, with Dyer withdrawn instead.

Tony F wants the Swansea manager to put Shelvey out of his misery: "Laudrup needs to put de Guzman on and take Shelvey off: He's a liability that Liverpool must be glad to be rid of but Swansea to recover and win it 3-2."

Christopher Green has used half-time to email in: "Liverpool have been the better team so far - but Swansea's hopes of getting back into this match aren't over yet. They'll need to start being more careful with their passing, as it was very scruffy in the first-half." I agree with the verdict of some of the passing, but Swansea were more than a match for Liverpool after the opening 20-25 minutes. If it wasn't for a couple of brain-freezes from Shelvey, I don't think you'd begrudge Swansea at least being on level terms. Do you agree?

Added time passes entirely without incident and Liverpool go in at the break with a 2-1 lead, thanks largely to their former midfielder. Shelvey opened the scoring but two loose passes presented Sturridge and then Moses with the opportunities to put Liverpool in front. What do you think?

Mignolet comes to the edge of the box to take the pressure off Sakho after an up-and-under is aimed towards the Liverpool penalty area. We'll have two minutes of stoppage time.

Bony goes through two challenges on the edge of the box before laying off to Michu, who plays in Rangel on the right. The full-back's cross-shot, though, goes across the face of goal and out for a goal-kick.

Going back to Moses' goal; Shelvey has little excuse for what was a very poor pass. The Swansea midfielder was under little pressure as he drove the ball straight to the feet of Moses. The Liverpool debutant still had plenty to do, but Shelvey was badly at fault again.

Mignolet has to make diving saves from Michu and Dyer as Swansea look for an immediate response. The LIverpool keeper was helped out on the second occasion by Skrtel, who denied Bony a tap-in with a brave block after Mignolet had pushed the ball into the striker's path.

Again, Shelvey is at fault by drilling a simple low pass straight to Moses, who bursts forward and shoots low past Vorm from the edge of the box.


It took them a quarter of the game, but Swansea are now applying the pressure and Liverpool are being forced to retreat. The hosts have enjoyed 72 per cent of the possesion in the last 10 minutes.

More Swansea pressure sees Davies fed on the left by Routledge. The full-back's low cross is just behind Bony, who half-volleys on the turn over the crossbar.

Swansea are finding their feet in the game and a series a wall passes between Michu and Bony ends with the Ivorian striker sidefooting a weak shot towards the corner, which Mignolet has to collapse down to his left to clutch.

Chico switches play superbly to find Davies deep on the left. The Swansea full-back's cross is aimed at Dyer but, perhaps unsurprisingly, the smallest player on the pitch cannot reach the ball.

GREAT SAVE! Vorm denies Sturridge another goal with a point-blank save to block the striker's header. Sturridge was picked out on the six-yard line by Moses, who delivered a fine cross after jinking past Dyer and Rangel in the corner on the left.

Davies makes a fine block to stop Henderson's left-footed shot testing Vorm, before Liverpool earn another corner. Gerrard's delivery, though, is cleared again.

Williams' driven long pass finds Michu on the right but his teasing ball into box comes too quickly for any of his Swansea team-mates and drifts out of play.

Williams and Gerrard have a minor disagreement after a 50-50 challenge, before Liverpool earn another corner. Gerrard's delivery from the right lands on the head of Wisdom, but his effort clears the crossbar.

Shelvey has a shot from distance but Mignolet watches the ball drift harmless into the supporters behind his goal. The attempt came after a neat move which saw Dyer cross the pitch from right to left, before Davies' cross was cleared to the feet of Shelvey.

Gerrard delivers a superb curled pass over the Swansea defence into the path of Sturridge. Chico and Williams recover, but Sturridge still gets off a shot which flies high and wide. The striker had support flooding into the box but Sturridge is hardly known for passing up a shooting opportunity.

Swansea are happy to retreat into their own half when Liverpool have the ball, but the Reds are immediately being put under pressure as soon as they cross the halfway line. Liverpool are happy to press further up the pitch when they are chasing.

Bony's low deflected drive draws a very tidy save out of Mignolet, who had to dive down to his right to clutch the Swansea striker's effort.

After a breathless opening 10 minutes, the two sides take a short breather. Gerrard's long pass aimed at Sturridge tests Chico but the central defender does wall to head back to his keeper.

Coutinho and Henderson play a neat one-two on the edge of the box before the Brazilian playmaker creates enough space for a shot. No problem, though, for Vorm, who makes a routine catch.

Liverpool win their second corner in quick succession, but Swansea deal with both of Gerrard's deliveries.

Shelvey goes from hero to villian in the space of around a minute. The Swansea goalscorer attempted a backpass to Vorm without noticing that Sturridge had stayed in the box. The England striker made the most of the gift, sweeping home first time. Wow!


What a start for Swansea and the young midfielder! Shelvey regained his composure after mis-hit volley on the edge of the box to ghost past Sakho and beat Mignolet at the second attempt after Skrtel blocked his first attempt.


Brendan Rodgers has received a warm welcome on his return to the Liberty Stadium, with the Liverpool manager greeting some of the home supporters near the bench. Liverpool get us underway...

Brandon from the USA says: "I'm predicting a 2-1 Liverpool win today with two goals coming in the first half and early second respectively. But Swansea will score shortly after and Liverpool will edge out a nervous end to the game. Come on Liverpool!"

John Manning is at work in Wellington, NZ. (Good morning, I think?) He predicts a draw, 0-0, or 1-1 with new boys Bony and Moses to score.

Derek from Swansea thinks its going to be a close game, with Swans winning 2-1, Michu and Bony to score.

The two teams have emerged from the tunnel, which leaves us just a few minutes to sneak in a few more of your predictions.

Let's take a look at the pre-match odds from our friends at Sky Bet: Liverpool are 11/8 favs to maintain their 100 per cent record and return to the top of the Premier League. Sturridge is back in action after missing England duty through injury and is 6/1 to score the opening goal. We also offer 5/2 that he scores and Liverpool win - in a repeat of their three opening games. Swansea are available at 11/5 and the draw at 23/10. Head now to www.skybet.com to place your pre-match and in-running bets.

No mention yet in the emails and tweets about Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool skipper tonight leads his side out for the 400th time, on the night the Reds are looking for their 400th Premier League victory.

Twitter is awash with confident Reds. Joe Wick, Chris Hughes and Tom Crook all see Liverpool retaining their 100 per cent record and a fourth consecutive clean sheet for Simon Mignolet. Joe Mills predicts a goal for Swansea but no points - 2-1 to the visitors.

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has given a quick injury update to Monday Night Football. Hernandez misses out tonight due to a hamstring injury that will sideline him for a "week or two". Canas has been carrying an ankle knock since the West Brom win but is expected to return quickly.

Chris Green from Huddersfield is a lone voice, so far at least, in predicting a home win: "This game should be a cracker; Swansea are the home team, however, Liverpool should never be underestimated, as they have players who can trouble any weak defence. It's hard to call, but I reckon Swansea will snatch a 2-1 win if the likes of Michu and Bony take their chances."

From the emails and tweets I've received already, it seems the Liverpool fans among you are in confident mood. Ali from Bournemouth is looking forward to seeing Sakho and Moses in a red shirt for the first time and 'Liverpool to be top of the league in a few hours' time'. Luke Murphy is very specific in his prediction: "I'm going for a 3-0 win for Liverpool: Sturridge to score twice and Moses to get a debut goal." Iain sees it being a tighter affair but the same outcome: "Liverpool to win 2-1 with Sturridge and Coutinho getting the goals."

The two benches: Swansea: Tremmel, Jordi Amat, Tiendalli, de Guzman, Canas, Pozuelo, Vazquez. Liverpool: Jones, Kelly, Toure, Alberto, Aspas, Sterling, Ibe.

Headlines from the team-sheets: Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are handed their Liverpool debuts, with Daniel Agger sidelined with a knock and Iago Aspas dropping to the bench. Daniel Sturridge is also passed fit to start. Nathan Dyer and Leon Britton come into the Swansea side, in place of Pablo Hernandez and Jose Canas.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Wisdom, Skrtel, Sakho, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Moses, Sturridge.

Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico Flores, Williams, Davies, Britton, Shelvey, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.

The teams are in...

If you would like to air your views before or during the game, you can get in touch by emailing me ian.watson@bskyb.com or on Twitter @IanWatson1.

Good evening and welcome to live text commentary of the Monday Night Football clash between Swansea City and Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium.

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