Jürgen Klopp got his first home win in the Premier League since taking over as Liverpool manager with a 1-0 win over Swansea City.
James Milner’s second half penalty was enough to seal the three points in a lacklustre match at Anfield.
Referee Anthony Taylor awarded the Reds the spot kick just after the hour as Swansea left-back Neil Taylor elbowed away a cross by Jordon Ibe just inside the box.
Milner stepped up to confidently stroke the ball into the top of the net to give his side the lead and ultimately the victory.
Swansea didn’t manage a shot on target in the game and didn’t look particularly threatening – but nor did their hosts.
Liverpool’s inability to breakdown visiting defences at Anfield continues and it was telling that a penalty was the reason they made the breakthrough.
Ibe looked a handful down the right flank and it was his cross that won the spot kick, but his final ball was too often left wanting as the Reds struggled for rhythm and creativity.
Roberto Firmino picked up where he left off against Bordeaux on Thursday evening with another underwhelming performance in front of his own fans. He was replaced by returning captain Jordan Henderson shortly after the penalty.
Adam Lallana was another who failed to do much with possession. His usual twists and turns were on display, but he too lacked an end product.
Belgian striker Christian Benteke was fed on scraps as he was left without clear cut chances before being replaced by fit-again Daniel Sturridge for the last twenty minutes.
Liverpool have managed to score just three times at Anfield in the league under Klopp and the lack of attacking threat will be one of the German’s key concerns as he looks to build a team in his image.
His side do climb up to sixth in the table, however, and are now just four points behind fourth place Arsenal – who dropped two more points in a 1-1 draw with Norwich City at Carrow Road.
It has been a good weekend for the Reds with rivals dropping plenty of points. Everton, Spurs, Manchester United and Leicester City all drew their games and are now two points closer.
Klopp will still be thinking long and hard about how he gets his side performing at home, but he will be equally delighted and relieved with the win and three points.
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