By EddieC, 01-11-2012, 11:22:28
Liverpool’s hopes of retaining the Capital One Cup went down in flames as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Swansea City at Anfield following a lacklustre performance from the Reds.
|Chico Flores opened the scoring on 34 minutes with a headed goal before Nathan Dyer doubled the lead in the second half.
Luis Suarez – coming on from the bench along with Steven Gerrard – managed to bring the score back to 1-2 but Swansea netted a third in injury time.
The pre-match team news confirmed a starting place for 18-year-old striker Samed Yesil, while Jonjo Shelvey made his 50th appearance for Liverpool – a fine achievement for a player that still has his best years ahead of him.
With Jack Robinson, Sebastian Coates and Joe Cole all making the starting lineup, there was no way this could be considered anywhere near our first choice XI. Brendan Rodgers did however name a strong bench that included Suarez and Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel.
The first opening of the night went to Liverpool when Yesil broke through on 9 minutes, but Ashley Williams averted danger for Swansea with an excellent sliding challenge.
The deadlock was broken on 34 minutes. Chico rose highest in the box to score a headed goal that gave Michael Laudrup’s men a deserved lead.
Liverpool could have drawn level instantly had Cole been able to connect properly with Assaidi’s cross, but his attempt was weak and was easily caught by Swans keeper Tremmel.
Just as he did in Sunday’s derby clash with Everton, Rodgers made a double change during the break – with Suarez and Gerrard replacing Cole and Yesil.
Gerrard almost equalised for the hosts on 64 minutes when his long-range drive hit the post. The ball bounced out to Stewart Downing – who inexplicably managed to miss from 6 yards.
At the other end Brad Jones and Jamie Carragher were doing their best to keep the Reds in the game, but Swansea doubled their lead when Michu & Hernandez combined before leaving a simple tap-in for Dyer.
After going two goals down Liverpool finally decided to start playing, and they pulled a goal back minutes later – Suarez getting on the end of Gerrard’s free-kick to nod home.
The Reds pushed on in search of an equaliser, but throwing men forward meant gaps were left at the back, and in injury time Michu found De Guzman, who made the score 3-1 and killed off any hope of a Liverpool comeback.
Kopworld man of the match – Brad Jones