While squads Chelsea and Manchester City are heavily favoured to win the Premiere League, Liverpool is quietly inching their way in the rankings. And the club’s 1-0 win over Swansea on Monday put them another step closer to the current leaders.
The winning goal came in the 68th minute, courtesy of Jordan Henderson. The goal is the sixth for this season for the striker, and his third in successive League games. However, Henderson nearly did not make the shot, as Swansea’s Jordi Amat put up an impressive defence. Nevertheless, Hendersoin managed to sink the goal.
For their part, Swansea did all they could to mount an offensive run for most of the game. Forward Bafetimbi Gomis led the team’s run during the early part of the game, having been given the go signal to play after he collapsed in the field at Tottenhan on March 4. Gomis managed to initiate a run with the help of midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng late in the game, but was foiled by a tackle coming from Liverpool’s Joe Allen.
The match also marked the return of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard after missing seven games due to a hamstring injury. However, Gerrard stayed on the bench for most of the game, as Liverpool manager Brenan Rodgers decided to stick with the midfield and attackers he had for the match. The skipper entered the game only in the 64th minutes, a few moments before his team made the winning goal.
With the win, Liverpool is now only two points behind current fourth-placed Manchester United, which they will meet at Anfield on Sunday. The win also marks an impressive streak for the team, as this is their 13th win in a row since mid-December. Swansea, meanwhile, had to be content with a guaranteed appearance next season after securing the required 40 points for qualifiers.