The last 100% record was ended at the Liberty Stadium last night as Swansea City held Liverpool to an entertaining 2-2 draw in Wales.
Former Reds player Jonjo Shelvey scored a great opener inside three minutes before gifting two goals back before half-time, the young midfielder then capped off a roller-coaster night providing the assist for Michu to rescue a point for the home team.
It was the night a flaw was found in Liverpool's current system with Steven Gerrard playing a more defensive role. After the loss of Philippe Coutinho in the second half through injury, a lack of quality going forward in midfield allowed Shelvey to control the game and ultimately create that important second goal.
In the first-half it was all Liverpool with Coutinho and loan signing Victor Moses providing the threat going forward giving Shelvey and the Swansea defence a few headaches. That was proven twice as Shelvey's poor back pass allowed Sturridge to score his fourth goal of the season and then another error cheaply giving the ball away in midfield allowed Moses to run at the Swansea defence and score a beauty on his debut firing into the corner from the edge of the box.
The second half however was more disjointed from Liverpool as Swansea dominated possession and the Anfield side were left unable to find another way of maintaining a constant threat on goal.
Andre Wisdom had a difficult night for the Reds as he lacked the threat going forward that Glen Johnson possesses and the young defender was guilty of giving the ball away far too easily on a few occasions. With Coutinho back in the preferred central role in midfield it meant Jordan Henderson was pushed out to the right therefore meaning he was unable to provide the influence in midfield that he had had in the first three games.
Then the first mistake I think Brendan Rodgers made this season came when Coutinho was forced off with a shoulder injury, rather than push Henderson or Gerrard into that more attacking midfield role he brought on Iago Aspas in a like-for-like move.
I rate Aspas but he is struggling to adjust to the pace of the Premier League and while that will come with time his inability to keep the ball or find the right pass meant Liverpool were unable to keep the ball after thwarting Swansea's attacks.
As Gerrard began to tire Swansea were able to gain momentum and they deserved their second goal after a header on from Shelvey put Michu through to score his first goal of the season.
From then on Liverpool seemed happy to play for the point but with confidence high Swansea kept coming and if not for some great defending by Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho on his Liverpool debut the Reds could have easily lost their unbeaten streak altogether.
As for Swansea, after a difficult opening four games, three of which against teams expected to be battling for the top four this season, the point against Liverpool can be seen as a good result. Michu and Wilfried Bony look like a very useful partnership up front with Wayne Routledge providing the extra threat.
Shelvey looks like he could be a major player for them this season as long as he can cut out the silly fouls and errors that particularly cost him on Monday night, while in defence Chico and Ashley Williams managed to just about keep Sturridge at bay and provide a good platform for the team to launch their attacks.
Another top 10 finish certainly looks possible for Michael Laudrup's side this season so long as they can push on from this result.
Looking ahead for Liverpool hopefully the Coutinho injury is nothing serious otherwise Brendan Rodgers could face quite a dilemma with Aspas not quite able to pull the strings going forward and Henderson not providing quite the same threat out wide.
Certainly he should ignore calls by some to keep Luis Suarez on the bench when the Uruguayan is back available and bring back his number one striker who can provide that real cutting edge that can make Liverpool real contenders for the top four if not better this season.
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