Swansea City were on the verge of sending Liverpool out of the League Cup for the second time in three seasons until a late fight back saw the hosts sneak into the quarter-finals.
With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers rung the changes for the midweek meeting, though things looked pretty much the same as always when Jacks attacker Marvin Emnes swung in a highlight reel volley that beat stand-in ‘keeper Brad Jones just past the hour mark. Embattled striker Mario Balotelli was introduced into the fray right around the time the cause looked lost, but the Italian eased an effort past Gerhard Tremmel from a Fabio Borini cross to level proceedings before Dejan Lovren completed the turn-around by heading home Philippe Coutinho’s well-placed free-kick to spark wild celebrations in front of the Kop.
Just when you thought all that transfer window craziness was done and dusted, there’s still little shucks and jives going on in the market with former Barcelona ‘keeper Victor Valdes reportedly agreeing to terms with Liverpool over a move.
Since the Spanish shot-stopper is now a free agent, the deal can be concluded after the transfer window had already closed. The Reds had a busy deadline day, sending both Sebastian Coates and Oussama Assaidi out on season long loans while Fabio Borini got his wish and will be at Anfield until at least January after a plethora of permanent and loan moves hit the skids. Although the Reds enjoyed a successful summer playing in the market, boss Brendan Rodgers was looking to bring in a bit of depth between the sticks and the three time Champions League winner looks to be the prime candidate to add just that.
They say that revenge is sweet, but this helping was tempered with just as much sugar as salt. In an end to end display, the hosts were certainly second best to a Liverpool side that continued to create, but surprisingly failed to capitalize. In a lot of ways, it’s hard to see how we could have done much better; the line about needing luck to win football games is usually trotted out by managers who have only straws to grasp at, but that intangible was the only thing missing from our game today — well, that and Howard Webb was the official.
There’s three changes from the side that downed Fulham 3-2 on Wednesday with vice-captain Daniel Agger returning to the side in place of the embattled Kolo Toure. The former Gunner, who would have been hoping to make another return to the Emirates Stadium, has made a number of high profile mistakes in the last few weeks and he drops to the bench for the FA Cup clash today.
Victor Moses opened the scoring against the run of play just before the half-hour mark when his speculative shot from 20-yards eluded Cherries ‘keeper Lee Camp to nestle into the bottom corner; truth be told, that was one of only four shots that Liverpool managed to place on target through the 90-minutes. A second half goal from Daniel Sturridge would round this off for the visitors, but it’s safe to say that had Eddie Howe’s men been a bit more clinical in front of goal, the scoreline wouldn’t flatter to deceive.