Jurgen Klopp has won his first home Premier League game, breaking a series of draws and that 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace most recently at Anfield.
Liverpool started very brightly as Swansea just couldn’t get the ball, the way Klopp’s pressing game had pegged the visitors in their own half.
With Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino weaving through attacking midfield, the Reds made a number of incisive and pretty slick moves but whenever they got through to Jordon Ibe or Christian Benteke, their first touch always let them down.
Due to this Liverpool didn’t even take advantage of that possession and positions high up the field, since they didn’t muster shots on goal.
Ibe was particularly poor with his final ball and decision making, but Klopp wanted to test him out with a start in a league game, since the team’s most talented player Coutinho wasn’t fit enough to start.
The home side ran out of steam after the first 25 minutes, due to their midweek exertions in the Europa League.
Swansea slowly grew into the game. However after the hour, Jordon Ibe’s cross clearly hit Neil Taylor’s hands high up. The only question was whether it was intentional, and the assistant referee helped make the decision for a penalty.
James Milner stepped up and scored his second penalty in the week, hitting it high and straight.
Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge came on with about 20 minutes to go, and Liverpool seemed to have stopped playing, sitting back to soak the pressure. It was risky since there were a number of nervous moments, particularly with Martin Skrtel not clearing well on one occasion and failing to track a forward on another.
Swansea got a number of corners for their efforts, but to the Reds credit, the visitors didn’t get close to a real opportunity.