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Swansea 2-2 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers returned to his old stomping ground - the Liberty Stadium - to take on former club Swansea City on Monday night.

The Northern Irishman was looking to record his first win at his old club since departing, and building on Liverpool's impressive start to the season.

Rodgers' replacement, Michael Laudrup, was also wanting to build on Swansea's first win of the Premier League season last week, following a tough early fixture list, while juggling looking both the Premier League and Europa League successfully.

In an eventful night for Jonjo Shelvey against his former club, Swansea and Liverpool played out a 2-2 draw in what might be perceived as the most entertaining Premier League match of the season thus far.

Here, we assess the performances of both side, along with how the managers fared...

Swansea XI:

Michel Vorm: Might have been slightly culpable for Liverpool's second with his positioning questionable, but the Dutch stopper still performed well and distributed the ball well. 6.

Angel Rangel: Had a lot to contend with after Liverpool controlled the first half with Victor Moses and Jose Enrique providing a threat on the left hand side and was easily beaten by Moses on a few occasions. Showed more of an adventurous side in the second half however, by pushing up and making runs behind the Liverpool defence a few times. 6.

Chico Flores: Made a few strange decisions in the first half with mistimed tackles and venturing forward with the ball. Unfair to blame on Liverpool's second goal with Sturridge impressively drawing him away from Moses. Excellent in the second half however, completely dominating Sturridge with his presence and reading of the game. Exemplified with a well executed and spontaneous scissor kick clearance. 7. 

Ashley Williams: Along with Chico, Welsh international Ashley Williams improved as the game progressed. Not as impressive as his centre back partner however and guilty of a very cynical tackle on Coutinho which resulted in the Brazilian's injury. 6.

Ben Davies: Another excellent performance from the young Welshman, displaying maturity beyond his years such as great composure on the ball and excellent usage of the ball with crisp passing. Formed an impressive left wing partnership with Routledge in the second half. 7.

Leon Britton: Tidy as ever in possession, using the ball well at the right times with his simple , comfortable passing and rarely lost possession. Struggled to deal with the movement and fluidity in Liverpool's attacking play, but did fairly well throughout the night. Played a part in Swansea's equalizer with a precise chipped pass forward. 6.

Jonjo Shelvey: Not the ideal performance Shelvey would have wanted to display against his former club. Started brightly with an impressive finish into the far corner and distributed the ball well on a few occasions, however he was culpable for both of Liverpool's goals with very poor misplaced passes in particular Liverpool's first goal. Slight redemption for the 21 year-old after setting up Michu for Swansea's equaliser. 5.

Nathan Dyer: Played a more prominent role than Wayne Routledge on the the opposite side, despite Liverpool's vast domination in the 1st half. Combined well at times with team mates. Replaced at half time. 6.

Michu: Linked impressively with Bony in the first half showing a continuously blossoming partnership with his striker partner. Threatened on a number of occasions and finally got his goal with a well taken finish into the bottom corner. 7.

Wayne Routledge: Combined well with the forward players well at times in the first half, but didn't make much bearing on the opening half. More impressive in the second half with his pace and forceful play giving Henderson and Wisdom a torrid time on that flank. 6.

Wilfried Bony: Swansea's record signing is developing an impressive partnership with Michu and the two are feeding off each other well. Each taking turns to drop deep well and understanding each other's game well. Sakho struggled to deal with Bony's vibrancy at times and the striker came close to getting a goal. Went off just after the hour mark. 6.


Jonathan de Guzman: Extremely impressive since his arrival at the half-time interval. Added composure to midfield and helped sure up the midfield, helped relieve Shelvey and Britton of all the defensive duties and was a big factor in Swansea's control of the second half. Went close on two occasions with one excellent free-kick. 7.

Alejandro Pozuelo: Along with fellow substitute de Guzman, Pozuelo made an impressive introduction following his short 25 minute cameo. Buzzed around the pitch with verve and panache, looking to link up with his teammates and did so very well. 6.

Liverpool XI:

Simon Mignolet: The newly acquired Belgian stopper continues to impressive and made a number of spectacular saves including an impressive save from Jonathan de Guzman's freekick and saves from Michu and Bony. 7.

Andre Wisdom: Endured an uncomfortable night having to deal with Routledge, while not struggling to advance in forward areas and show a threat offensively. Particularly difficult for the young right back in the second half and was also shown a yellow. 5.

Martin Skrtel: The big Slovakian was certainly the more impressive out of Liverpool two centre backs with a number of well timed tackles and winning a number of important aerial duels. Displayed great anticipation with one last-ditch tackle as Bony was close to pouncing on a lock from Mignolet. 7.

Mamadou Sakho: The athletic Frenchman struggled at times on his debut for his new side and was at fault for Swansea's first goal with two mistakes in the build up to the goal. Mistimed a few tackles on Bony and Michu, but was also quite dominant in the air. Despite being slightly uncomfortable at times with the ball, Sakho looked far more assured in the second half, but also was at fault with his positioning for the Swansea equaliser. 5.

Jose Enrique: Got into forward areas well at times, while defending assuredly. Did well in the first half, providing a threat on the left hand side. A lot more subdued in the second half with plenty of defensive work to contend with. Did well however. 6.

Jordan Henderson: England's under 21 captain has started the season impressively and started every game and did well in the early openings for Liverpool. Also doing well in Liverpool's attacking play, while also going close with an effort. Looked slightly sluggish in the second half with having to help his right back defensively and struggling to deal with the pacey Routledge. 6.

Steven Gerrard: Completely controlled the game in midfield in the 1st half and displayed his vision and fantastic range of passing on a number of ocassions. Played two very enticing free-kicks and his delivery in general was impressive. Saw far less of the ball second half. 6. 

Lucas Leiva: Controlled the first half along with Gerrard with his simple and effective passing showing plenty of composure. Second half was completely different for the Brazilian however when having to defend deep in his own half and saw his temparent raise with a few poor challenges while also getting into a fracas with Shelvey, cultivating in a yellow. 6.

Victor Moses: The loan man from Chelsea making his debut for Liverpool was one of the reds star players in the first half, capitalising on a Jonjo Shelvey mistake and then showed great direct play to run with the ball and impressively finish into the far corner. Had to defend in the second half and neglected defensive duties on a few occasions. First half performance merits a good rating. 7.

Phillipe Coutinho: The tricky Brazilian was extremely impressive during the first half, displaying his usual great movement and balance exploiting space in the midfield. Wen't close with a 20 yard effort after displaying great footwork to fashion a chance for himself. Went off 10 minutes into the second half following a shoulder injury. 7.

Daniel Sturridge: Continues his rich vein of form with the equalising goal for Liverpool, which also means he has scored 12 goals in his last 10 games along with scoring in every game played this season. Showed striker's instinct to anticipate Shelvey's misplaced pass and drew away Chico for Liverpool's second. Linked well with his teammates also. Largely anonymous second half. 7.


Iago Aspas: Arrived with 35 minutes to make an impression following an injury to Coutinho - with Coutinho injured, it disrupted the flow of Liverpool's possession play - struggled to make an impact however and was on the periphery of the game. 5.

Kolo Toure: Moved to right-back, with a cautious approach over Andre Wisdom's yellow card in mind. The experienced former Arsenal man has been extremely impressive for Liverpool so far, but looked very uncomfortable in this role dealing with Ben Davies and Wayne Routledge. 5.

Raheem Sterling: Came on for Victor Moses who was largely ineffectual in the second half and despite looking like making a promising introduction, but made a few impetuous tackles. Due to the control Swansea had, it would have been difficult for Sterling to make a massive impact though. 5.


Michael Laudrup: Three points from Swansea's first three games is understandable given those opponents were Manchester United, Tottenham and West Brom. But a point against Liverpool could have been more, but Laudrup can only be impressed with his sides second half performance. Question marks would have come over the inclusion of Jonjo Shelvey who didn't look to have the right temperament to play against his former side, but both of Laudrup's substitutions helped turn the game completely in Swansea's favour. 7.

Brendan Rodgers: Will be very pleased with an extremely impressive first half display in which Liverpool dominated, but slightly worried on the negative impact that losing Phillipe Coutinho to injury had. A draw at the Liberty Stadium is by no means a disappointing result, but the substitutions have to questioned with none doing well from their arrival, while Liverpool uncharacteristically struggled to retain possession. 6.

Feel free to offer your verdict on how Swansea and Liverpool both fared.

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