Swansea took advantage of their superior first-half possession to put the match beyond Liverpool as they emerged 3 – 1 winners at the Liberty Stadium.
- Swansea 3 Liverpool 1
- Ayew opens the scoring from a corner
- Jack Cork scores a beauty from 25 yards
- Benteke pulls one back for the Reds
- Ayew completes his brace
- Smith sees red with 15 minutes left
Andre Ayew out jumped his marker at a corner in the 20th minute to head Swansea into the lead before Jack Cork made it 2-0 13 minutes later with a stunning strike from just outside the area.
Liverpool managed to get themselves back in the match through Christian Benteke, with the Belgian heading in from a corner in the 65th minute, but the hosts responded within two minutes, restoring the two-goal cushion via Andre Ayew again.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were outplayed in every area of the game on Saturday, with keeper Danny Ward the only player in red who could hold his head up after 90 minutes.
The result sees Swansea’s place in the Premier League next season secure, lifting them up to 13th position and validating the appointment of Francesco Guidolin as the club’s new manager to replace Gary Monk earlier in the campaign.
Ayew gave an early indication of the performance he was about to deliver for his team – controlling the ball nicely and forcing a block from inside the area in the third minute.
Liverpool had one of their only first half chances brilliantly blocked by Ashley Williams, the defender stepping in to tackle Daniel Sturridge in a dangerous area after the striker combined well with Coutinho to create space.
Ward was called into action on 13 minutes after an excellent Sigurdsson’s snapshot found a way through the Liverpool defence. Moments later, the Reds were guilty of not clearing the ball and Coutinho was caught in possession, but his blushes were saved by Brad Smith who played the ball out.
Shortly after, Lovren blocked a strike from the Ayew as Swansea continued to pile on the pressure.
Jordi Amat was as stunned as everyone else in the stadium when he rose above his marker to head a terrific cross from Sigurdsson inches over the crossbar from a mere five yards out.
On 33 minutes Jack Cork found himself on the edge of the box with enough space to set himself for a shot. The Swansea midfielder cut inside and curled a magnificent strike around Ward who had no chance of intercepting the ball. It as a terrific solo effort and highlighted the problems Liverpool were experiencing at the back.
Liverpool found a bit of rhythm in the second half, no doubt after a couple of stern words from Jurgen Klopp who was his animated self on the sideline throughout the match.
A period of pressure from the visitors saw them rewarded with their first goal. Swans defender Àngel Rangel’s challenge on Lukasz Fabianski resulted in a corner, from which Christian Benteke shook off his marker and headed into the bottom-right corner.
Ayew immediately restored his side’s two-goal lead, however, after scrappy battle for the ball just outside the Liverpool area resulted in the ball falling at the forward’s feet. The 26-year old’s shot was perfectly placed, finding its way through a wall of defenders and giving Ward no chance to get to the ball.
The match was all but over nine minutes later when Brad Smith was rightfully shown his second yellow by referee Roger East for a clumsy high tackle on Wayne Rutledge.