Liverpool left Swansea with all three points last night, however they may feel fortuitous to have done so.
The only goal of the game cam midway through the second half after a freak goal by Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool were given a number of scares in the early stages as Garry Monks’ side pressed high and used the strength of Bafetimbi Gomis to great effect.
Gylfi Sigurdsson went closest for the Swans when his right-footed curling effort forced Simon Mignolet into an excellent diving save.
But with the attacking qualities that Liverpool possess they were always going to get opportunities as long as they persisted with the creative style Rodgers likes to use.
It paid dividends on 68 minutes when a Martin Skrtel pass deflected off Daniel Sturridge and through the middle before Jordi Amat tried to clear only for the ball to rebound off the shin of Henderson and over Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal.
Coutinho came close to extending his side’s lead minutes later but his right-footed effort didn’t have enough swing on it and went wide of Fabianski’s goal. In stoppage time Sturridge nearly sealed the victory but his shot bounced off the post and went wide.
The victory for Liverpool moved them within two points of Manchester United, who they play on Sunday, meaning a top-four place by the end of the week is in their hands.
Here, we take a look at the individual performances from both sides...
Swansea 0 Liverpool 1 player ratings
Swansea 0 Liverpool 1 player ratings
1/23 Lukasz Fabianski
Excellent save to prevent Coutinho from taking the lead in the second half. He was alert to everything Liverpool managed to get on target. Unfortunate to be beaten by Henderson's fortuitous rebounded effort. 6
2/23 Kyle Naughton
He didn’t utilise his pace as much as he should have done. It is usually expected that he charges forward but he had to hold back to monitor Coutinho and Moreno. 6
3/23 Jordi Amat
A little suspect at times. He gave the impression he was never 100 per cent comfortable. Uneasy when Liverpool broke through Coutinho. Unfortunate to see his clearance rebound off Henderson and into his own goal. 5
4/23 Ashley Williams
A good performance from the central defender. He stayed tight to Sturridge and rarely let the striker stride beyond him. 6
5/23 Neil Taylor
Penetrated the left wing well and took advantage of the fewer numbers in the Liverpool defence. Poor final ball. 6
6/23 Ki Sung-Yueng
A little hesitant going forward and was too slow to react once he was close to Mignolet’s goal. Passed the ball expertly, though. 7
7/23 Jack Cork
One of the most influential players on the pitch. He passed the ball extremely well but possibly should have backed himself to have a shot. 6
8/23 Jonjo Shelvey
Livened up in the second half. He found himself much more involved in his side’s attacking play while also ensuring that it was difficult for Lallana to get beyond him. 6
9/23 Gylfi Sigurdsson
Forced Mignolet into making a remarkable save to deny him in the first half. Lacked potency in the second half. 6
10/23 Bafetimbi Gomis
A constant nuisance to the Liverpool back three, particularly Skrtel who he tried to bully whenever the defender came close to him. Unfortunately for his side he lacked a quality finish. 6
11/23 Wayne Routledge
He didn’t get up the pitch high enough to cause the likes of Sakho and Skrtel too many problems. Without any space to run into his pace became a little redundant. Replaced by Montero on 72 minutes. 5
12/23 Simon Mignolet
Very quick to react to the threat posed by Gomis. His saves to deny the striker were crucial, particularly in the first half. Denied Sigurdsson excellently too. 7
13/23 Emre Can
A determined performance. No different to how he has played of late and Liverpool are now in a position where they can rely on him. 7
14/23 Martin Skrtel
Cleared away the danger well and stay composed throughout the match. 7
15/23 Mamadou Sakho
One of the better performers in Liverpool’s defence. Showed composure, strength and determination to get the better of Gomis. 7
16/23 Joe Allen
Defensively strong from the midfielder. He was arguably Liverpool’s most effective player. He constantly looked to feed Coutinho while at the same time halted the Swansea advances. 8
17/23 Jordan Henderson
Booked in the first half. He’s been on top form recently but against Swansea he gave the ball away too often. Fortunate with his goal but he’ll be happy to count it. 6
18/23 Adam Lallana
A passenger in this one. So often he is a threat but here he lacked potency and the pairing of Shelvey and Taylor dealt with him well. 6
19/23 Alberto Moreno
Booked early in the second half which meant he didn’t steam into challenges as much as he did before. Replaced by Gerrard on 63 minutes. 5
20/23 Philippe Coutinho
Made much more of an impact in the second as he started to move into space, which allowed him to get a number of shots away. 7
21/23 Raheem Sterling
Fast but a little ineffective after his booking. Still a menace, though. 6
22/23 Daniel Sturridge
He hasn’t been the same since he returned from injury and he showed that here. Missed a good opportunity to extend his side's lead at the end. 6
23/23 Steven Gerrard
Brought on for Moreno on 63 minutes. His experience proved effective and gave Liverpool more strength in midfield. 6
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