EPL: Liverpool v Swansea City, 15.00 GMT, Anfield, 5/11/11 (0-0)

On a day that saw the Anfield crowd appreciate the armed services pre-match, the home side were however unable to either provide the additional honour of a good performance, or a win.

Swansea played some good football at times, and their interplay and quick movement at times reminded me all too much of the first home game versus Sunderland and how we looked more likely to retain possession, but Swansea – like Sunderland – looked dangerous when they had it. That proved to be a fairly prophetic recollection and comparison.

The latter stages of the first half were omitted from the highlights as it consisted almost entirely of Livepool possession that went nowhere. The wide men, Henderson and Downing were ineffective and Downing was instead playing through Jose Enrique, who rarely got the ball across to anyone.

Indeed, we could have gone in behind, as on a rare foray into our half, Enrique seemed to body check a Swansea man to shepherd the ball out of play, which I and others around me thought was a penalty – but it was not given.

Henderson was rightly subbed at half-time for Kuyt and the second-half was much more open – a bad thing. Swansea had chances which thankfully the never took, blasting the ball over when the goal was gaping. Reina also almost let someone in with a sloppy touch.

A late push came however and we did nearly win it. A few chances came, none better than a cracking effort from Glen Johnson that was tipped-over – but a late winner did not come and frankly we got no more or less than we deserved and Swansea certainly did not deserve to lose.

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