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Defending optional at Anfield as Liverpool lead in five-goal first half

Feb 23, 2014, 9:19 AM EDT

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It’s creeping towards halftime, and the goals have come flying in at Anfield, as Liverpool lead 3-2 before the break.

Liverpool took a quick 2-0 lead over a stunned Swansea thanks to a third-minute goal from Daniel Sturridge and another from Jordan Henderson 20 minutes later.

But the visitors were not shattered, and a pair of strikes from Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony allowed Swansea to restore order.

Unfortunately it wouldn’t last long, and Sturridge again would return Liverpool into the ascendancy.

Sturridge, with his pair of goals already, has 18 goals in his last 19 matches, including goals in his last eight matches – ten of them over that span.


While defending certainly hasn’t been at its finest, the goals have also been well worked.  Shelvey’s was a stunner from well outside the box, clipping the bottom of the crossbar and cannoning over the line.

Henderson’s was also from a long way from the keeper, deciding to have a go at the top of the box and finding the top-left corner for his second strike of the season.

There’s also been some luck involved, as Bony’s header took a deflection off Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel‘s shoulder to get the ball past Simon Mignolet.

With the second half still to come, it looks like we may have a first-to-five affair on our hands at Anfield.

  1. godsholytrousers - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Skertl and Toure are the worst center back pairing in the Prem. If I were a center back, I’d be all over my agent to get me into the Liverpool setup. The price will be high to fix the Liverpool backline.

    • konmtu - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      I think Sakho has some game in him. He just needs to get healthy so Skrtel can be sat down again.

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