Reds slump as bottom club Swansea City serenely secure a 3-2 win and first Premier League win at Anfield, writes Sam May.
A disastrous and embarrassing Liverpool display coupled with an organised and brave Swansea approach saw the bottom club take all three points and lift themselves off the bottom of the table, at a subdued Anfield. A horror show to say the least from the home side and title hopes dented.
The Reds only had themselves to blame.
Klopp set up without Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi, preferring the Brazilian pair of Roberto Firmino and Phillippe Coutinho assisted by Adam Lallana up front. The first half was woeful from Liverpool.
You win nothing without an end product and not a single shot on target in the first 45 minutes spoke volumes.
The Reds crab-like (sideways and backwards) play from Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson was matched by the ineffectual touchline play of James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne. Swans hit an outside Kop post through a deflected Tom Carrol cross, but even this didn’t give warning of what was to come.
Within five minutes of the restart Llorente poked home from a badly defended corner. Ten minutes later he scored a second as he rose to meet a sumptuous cross from new man Carrol. The shock was on.
Firmino then powerfully headed in a Milner cross and 10 minutes later he chested down a cross in the box and half volleyed left footed past a diving Łukasz Fabiański. The Kop smelled a victory but nobody told Swansea.
Back they came and Gylfi Sigurðsson gladly accepted Ragnar Klavan’s sideway panic of a clearance to calmly slot past Simon Mignolet.
Sturridge and Origi were sent on to rescue the Reds – but were ineffectual. In the dying seconds Joël Matip was sent on as a desperate centre forward to no avail. The last time we saw this was the Hodgson era.
Jürgen Klopp was surprising by his touch line absence of histrionics as he also reflected his team abject display. Southampton come to Anfield holding a one goal advantage in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
They thought it may not be enough – on this Liverpool display it surely is.