Liverpool fight off feisty Swans

AFP | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Feb 24, 2014, 6:48 am IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 9:34 am IST
Liverpool enjoyed a 10th consecutive home league win.

London: Liverpool tightened their grip on fourth place in the Premier League after Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson each scored twice in a jittery 4-3 win over Swansea City on Sunday.

Swansea hit back to level from 2-0 and 3-2 down at Anfield, before Henderson finally killed off their resistance in the 74th minute to take Liverpool back to within four points of leaders Chelsea.

It was a 10th consecutive home league win for Liverpool and gave Brendan Rodgers’ side a provisional six-point lead over fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Norwich City later on Sunday.

Liverpool needed less than three minutes to take the lead, with Sturridge collecting Raheem Sterling’s pass and rounding Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to score after Angel Rangel had lost possession in midfield.

Sturridge set up his side’s second goal in the 20th minute with a lay-off that was curled home by Henderson.

Two goals in four minutes brought Swansea level, however, with former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey smashing home via the crossbar before Wilfried Bony headed home via a deflection off Martin Skrtel.

Sturridge restored Liverpool’s lead in the 36th minute, converting a cross from Luis Suarez with his head, but Bony equalised from the penalty spot early in the second half after he had been pulled back by Skrtel.

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