Sunday 11 December 2016

James Milner reveals how 'angry' Jurgen Klopp inspired Liverpool's comeback win over Swansea

Tom Rooney

Published 01/10/2016 | 15:47

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory at the end of the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium. AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK /
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory at the end of the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Liverpool at The Liberty Stadium. AFP PHOTO / GEOFF CADDICK /

James Milner will take the plaudits for Liverpool’s victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium as it was his late penalty that sealed the game, but the born-again left back has said that the credit should be directed elsewhere.

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As Liverpool condemned Swansea to their third consecutive loss and, in turn, possibly delivered the death knell to Francesco Guidolin’s tenure, they also secured  their fourth consecutive league win and moved into second, two points behind league leaders Manchester City, who face third place Spurs tomorrow.

Liverpool’s first half display in Wales was not reflective of their recent form, and they certainly trundled through the opening 45 minutes.

Leroy Fer’s early strike had the hosts ahead at the turn, with the Reds looking markedly uneven.

However, in the dressing room, Jurgen Klopp rallied his troops with the appropriate urgency but, according to Milner, the manager was seething following the showing in the opening period.

“It needed to be better, I think we all knew that. Big credit to the manager and all the boys. The manager knew it, he was angry but he kept most of it in, said what needed to be said and got us going.

“I think you saw in the second half it was more like how we’ve been playing in getting about the ball. In the first half, we weren’t really at the races and Swansea are a good team.

“We gave ourselves all the work to do but showed a lot of character to come back from a goal down away from home and get three points.”

Liverpool remerged for the second half a vastly more potent proposition and Roberto Firmino levelled matters with a header.

Liverpool continued to come in waves and, six minutes from time, Firmino was needlessly bundled over by Angel Rangel as he closed in on goal.

Milner made no mistake from the spot, and registered his third penalty in two games.

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