Sports Football 02 Oct 2016 James Milner sends L ...

James Milner sends Liverpool second on English table

AFP
Published Oct 2, 2016, 1:38 am IST
Updated Oct 2, 2016, 1:44 am IST
Beaten by Liverpool and Arsenal in their previous two games, Chelsea bounced back with a 2-0 success over Hull.
Liverpool's James Milner scores his team's fifth goal of the game from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England (Photo: AP)
 Liverpool's James Milner scores his team's fifth goal of the game from the penalty spot during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield Stadium in Liverpool, England (Photo: AP)

London: James Milner’s 84th-minute penalty earned Liverpool a gritty 2-1 victory at Swansea City on Saturday that saw Jurgen Klopp’s side climb to second place in the Premier League table.

Leroy Fer gave struggling Swansea an eighth-minute lead, but Roberto Firmino equalised early in the second half before Milner claimed the winner following a foul on Firmino by Angel Rangel.

 

Chelsea ended a three-game winless run with a 2-0 win at Hull City that provisionally lifted Antonio Conte’s men to sixth, while Dimitri Payet’s memorable goal earned West Ham United a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough.

Despite Liverpool’s fourth straight league win, manager Klopp said: “I was very angry. I have lost a lot of football games, but today makes no sense. “We were not ready and it is my responsibility. It was not good. The build-up was too static, no movement.”

“The second half was better, but still not brilliant.” Liverpool finished the day two points adrift of leaders Manchester City, who visit third-place Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

 

Fer broke the deadlock by converting from close range after Borja Baston had knocked down a corner at the back post.

The visitors levelled in the 54th minute, Firmino directing a header into the bottom-left corner from Jordan Henderson’s lobbed pass after Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick struck the wall.

After Rangel bundled into the back of Firmino, Milner chipped his penalty down the middle to condemn Swansea to a fifth defeat in six games, piling the pressure on manager Francesco Guidolin.

Beaten by Liverpool and Arsenal in their previous two games, Chelsea bounced back with a 2-0 success over Hull. Willian and Diego Costa scored Chelsea’s goals inside six second-half minutes, both players curling shots into the bottom-right corner.

 

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