Familiar faults return to frustrate Liverpool
It is becoming an all too familiar sight at Anfield. Opposing managers marching triumphantly clenching their fist with one hand and clutching a point in the other.
Brendan Rodgers joined Steve Bruce and Paul Lambert in a not too exclusive club. Throw in Alex Ferguson and Liverpool have squandered eight home points already.
The difference for Swansea is that there was no fortune in their 0-0 draw. If anything, they could be cursing their own luck as they squandered several opportunities and were controversially denied a penalty by referee Phil Dowd.
When Daniel Agger fouled Leon Britton on 67 minutes, Dowd adjudged the indiscretion to be outside the box. Television replays suggested otherwise.
Nathan Dyer and Mark Gower still should have made amends late, the latter blasting over wastefully.
"We have made a big step forward today. Psychologically, it gives us a massive boost going forward," said Rodgers. "To put on a performance like that fills me with pride. We were outstanding and showed incredible belief in our style and philosophy."
The more Swansea adapted to their surroundings, the more they looked like winning. Wayne Routledge and Britton were outstanding and Pepe Reina was as busy as his opposite number, Michel Vorm.
Liverpool have developed a habit of starting home games well enough, ending them in a frantic finale, but inflicting misery on their fans in the intervening minutes. Their relationship with the woodwork this season has verged on the indecent, and they were reacquainted again after eight minutes.
Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing linked well down the left, and the winger's cross found Andy Carroll six yards out. Somehow, the striker crashed his effort against the woodwork for Liverpool's 11th time this season.
Carroll was subbed for Craig Bellamy 15 minutes from the end but he was not the only new boy who struggled. Jordan Henderson did not last beyond half-time.
Although Luis Suarez was lively, Jose Enrique, the clear triumph of last summer's transfer business, posed the greatest attacking threat apart from the South American. It has been like that all season.
Suarez forced Vorm into two excellent saves and Glen Johnson provoked similar acrobatics in injury-time. The rally was too late and a winner would have been harsh on the Swans.
"We have to say that level of performance is not acceptable," said Kenny Dalglish. The mood of disquiet exposed the Kop's frustration, but there was also generous applause for the visitors. Liverpool's supporters, like Dalglish, know they had as much cause to be relieved with a draw as concerned by it.
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