Liverpool’s progress in direction of securing a Champions League spot was halted by Premier League’s backside membership Swansea on Monday.
A single aim by Alfie Mawson dealt the blow as Liverpool’s defensive frailties returned.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet, with £75 million centre-back Virgil van Dijk making his away debut, had been looking for to increase their unbeaten run to 15 matches and draw stage on factors with third-placed Chelsea.
But recent from dramatically ending Manchester City’s unbeaten run, the Reds ran right into a decided Swansea facet determined to shut the hole on the strugglers above them.
Despite laying siege to the Swansea aim, Klopp’s facet had been unable to seek out the online and Roberto Firmino struck the submit with a header within the dying seconds.
The defeat snapped Liverpool’s unbeaten 14-match run within the Premier League courting again to October and previous, acquainted defensive failings had been laid naked regardless of Van Dijk’s arrival.
Swansea took the lead towards the run of play simply earlier than half-time when Mawson swept the ball in from a nook after Van Dijk failed to go clear.
The ball struck Swansea captain Federico Fernandez and Mawson swivelled to shoot previous Liverpool keeper Loris Karius.
It was precisely the type of delicate aim that Liverpool supervisor Klopp thought he had discovered the answer to with the acquisition of the towering Dutchman.
In distinction to their scientific efficiency towards City at Anfield, Liverpool had been wasteful and responsible of lacking plenty of first-half probabilities.
Sadio Mane and main goalscorer Mo Salah each volleyed huge earlier than the break and Van Dijk flashed a header simply huge of the submit.
Liverpool saved urgent within the second half, however both discovered their strikers missing or else found Lukasz Fabianski in impressed kind within the Swansea aim.
He first denied Salah when he tipped over the Egyptian’s free kick with an acrobatic save on the hour mark.
Then, Fabianski dived low to disclaim Liverpool substitute Danny Ings late on.
The aim got here was a throwback to the kind of issues Liverpool have suffered beneath Klopp.
Liverpool handled one nook, however conceded a second and from that kick the Swans took their unlikely lead via Mawson, leaving Klopp wanting aghast.
It was not simply Klopp who was rattled as Liverpool pair Andrew Robertson and Joel Matip had been proven yellow playing cards in quck succession.
Robertson was booked for hacking at Ayew as he lay over the ball after a foul after which Matip went for scything down Lucas.
Salah then put the ball on a plate for Mane with the final transfer of the half, however the striker volleyed huge from a decent angle.
Liverpool continued to surge ahead after the break, however Swansea confirmed their new-found self-discipline beneath Carvalhal.
An important saving sort out by Kyle Naughton denied Robertson, earlier than the Liverpool full-back reduce a fantastically inviting ball into the field for no takers.
On the hour mark, Salah struck a candy free-kick from the sting of the field that appeared to be dipping beneath the Swansea bar.
But Pole Fabianski was equal to it as he tipped the ball over at full stretch.
*Reported by AFP