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Published: 13:30 | 1/10/16

Liverpool up to second after win at Swansea


Liverpool came from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium and move up to second in the Premier League table.

Leroy Fer gave Francesco Guidolin's side an early lead, but second-half goals from Roberto Firmino and James Milner gave the Reds the points.

The Swans took the lead after eight minutes, as Fer held off Nathaniel Clyne's powderpuff challenge at the near post to sweep home Borja Bostan's header across goal from Gylffi Sigurdsson's deep corner.

It was the Dutchman's fourth goal of the season, 2/3 of Swansea's total in the Premier League so far this season.

Fer's strike means that Liverpool have now gone nine games without a Premier League clean sheet, a run going back to the 2-0 home win over Watford in May, their worst defensive run since 1998.

Sigurdsson almost set up Swansea's second midway through the half with a fine turn and cross, but Reds' goalkeeper Loris Karius was off his line smartly to block Jack Cork's effort.

But Liverpool roared back in the second half, and netted their 25th goal of the Premier League season through Firmino's 54th minute header.

Philippe Countinho's blocked free-kick came back to Jordan Henderson, who floated a cross in for the Brazilian to beat the offside trap and direct a header past Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Firmino now has 12 goals and four assists in his last 20 Premier League matches, following a slow start to his Anfield career after his £29m move from Hoffenheim in June 2015.

And Liverpool wrapped up their fourth consecutive Premier League win seven minutes before the end, when Milner drilled home his fourth penalty of the season, after Angel Rangel had been penalised for a push on Firmino following a hacked Mo Barrow clearance.

Mike van der Hoorn had a golden chance to nick a point for the Swans in injury-time, but the Dutch defender got his feet in a tangle and was unable to prod home Rangel's cross from close range.

By Nick Royle

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