Soccer Premier League

Premier League: Swansea and Liverpool Play Out a 2-2 Draw

Jonjo Shelvey

Photo courtesy of Swansea City’s Facebook page

In a Premier League game that started out in a frenzy and ended with hearts pumping rapidly, hosts Swansea shared the spoils with league-leading Liverpool courtesy of the 2-2 score line. Both sides attacked and defended but possession domination was shared over the two halves.

The home side drew first blood as old Liverpool boy, Jonjo Shelvey scored a goal he will remember for the rest of his life. However, 90 seconds later, he sent a back pass to visiting striker Daniel Sturridge who netted his fourth goal in as many games. That is an error that he will also never be able to forget any time soon.

Shelvey’s bad luck would continue as his error led to a Victor Moses run down the left then he cut inside to send in a hard shot that beat Vorm. Later on in the second half, he would brilliantly use the back of his head to calm the ball down into the path of Michu who slotted home the equalizer.

With the ups and downs of Shelvey’s game including a yellow card, a goal an assist and two horrible errors that were the main cause of Liverpool’s goals, he was voted as the man-of-the-match – and deservedly so since he truly did control the midfield during his better minutes and used his creativity to make things happen for his new club.

Both teams had their moments but towards the end, and Swansea seemed the more likely to find the late winner but could not get the ball past Mignolet in Liverpool’s goal. They controlled the majority of the possession in the second half and ended up with 59 percent for the entire game.

One sour note for Liverpool is that they have lost Phillippe Coutinho to injury which truly took away their creativity from the game. He left during the second half after landing on his right shoulder courtesy of a challenge from Swansea center-back Ashley Williams.

This was the first game where Liverpool allowed a goal or more and scored two all in one game. They now sit atop the standings with 10 points while Swansea sit in 13th place with four.