Swansea 1 Liverpool 0: Watch highlights as Alfie Mawson’s strike sends Jurgen Klopp’s Reds crashing down to earth

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Swansea 1 Liverpool 0: Watch highlights as Alfie Mawson’s strike sends Jurgen Klopp’s Reds crashing down to earth

LET’S call it The Liverpool Way.

They lure you in. They seduce you. They make you want to believe.

Alfie Mawson broke the deadlock for Swansea against LiverpoolAlfie Mawson broke the deadlock for Swansea against LiverpoolREBECCA NADEN

The 4-3 over Manchester City raised expectations, confirmation that yet another one of these emerging Liverpool sides is ready for all-comers. Then they lose to Swansea.

They deserved to, as well, beaten by for the first time in 19 games across all competitions when Alfie Mawson scored 41 minutes in.

The Premier League title is beyond Liverpool, of course it is, but this was a night to send a clear message to the rest of the pack.

Had they won at the Statue of Liberty Stadium they would have been breathing down the necks of Manchester United and Chelsea.

The defender pounced inside the area just moments before half timeThe defender pounced inside the area just moments before half timeMATTHEW CHILDS Danny Ings and his Liverpool team-mates could not find a way back during the second halfDanny Ings and his Liverpool team-mates could not find a way back during the second halfMATTHEW CHILDS

Instead they are vulnerable again, looking over their shoulders because fifth placed Tottenham are two points adrift.

Sure, they are entitled to lose the odd game, but away at the bottom club after a full week rested up is not quite good enough.

NOSEY PARKER Swansea star breaks his nose celebrating goal against Liverpool

If Jurgen Klopp and the gang under-estimated Swansea, they made an amateurish mistake.

What a night for these Swans, catching West Brom on points after their first Premier League win at home since turning the Baggies over on December 9.

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It was just like the old days.

Those jumping Jacks were loving it, bouncing up and down in the stands when Mawson put them in front.

This looked like the Swansea side we used to know and love.

Carlos Carvalhals men are now just three points from safetyCarlos Carvalhal’s men are now just three points from safetyGetty Images - Getty Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side remain in fourthJurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side remain in fourthAFP Carlos Carvalhal and Alfie Mawson celebrate the three points at full timeCarlos Carvalhal and Alfie Mawson celebrate the three points at full timeREBECCA NADEN

They went in front with their first chance of the half, when Mawson stuck away his chance after Van Dijk failed to clear a corner.

This was a night for nostalgia, a throwback to the times when Swansea pushed the ball around the Liberty Stadium for fun.

To think they used to mix it with Liverpool and the rest of the big boys when Brendan Rodgers and Michael Laudrup were managers here.

Under Carlos Carvalhal, they went back in a time machine.

In the old Swanselona days, when this place was only for purists, Carvalhal would never have had a shot at getting a job like this.

He has it now.

Mawson’s goal gave this whole place a lift, the sort of strike that made these Swans believe they could beat the drop.

Swans skipper Federico Fernandez suffered a broken nose during the celebrations after Mawson's strikeSwans skipper Federico Fernandez suffered a broken nose during the celebrations after Mawson’s strikeGetty The Argentine suffered a suspected broken nose The Argentine suffered a suspected broken noseGetty Images - Getty Hotshot Mohamed Salah was unable to magic up an equaliser for LiverpoolHotshot Mohamed Salah was unable to magic up an equaliser for LiverpoolGetty Images - Getty

It will not be easy, everybody knows that.

What we saw here was a group of players prepared to put up a fight, unsettling a side on a long and impressive unbeaten run.

You have to go right the way back to Oct 22, when Liverpool were gubbed 4-1 by Tottenham at Wembley for their last defeat.

There should have been a spring in their step still, but the glow of that thrill-a-minute victory over Manchester City soon wore off.

The front three, this fabled trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and magic man Mo Salah, struggled to settle into a rhythm.

They are usually so eye-catching, causing maximum chaos by switching wings and positions at will.

Their touch deserted them here.

Salah made one chance for Mane in the first half, but the Liverpool forward drilled the effort wide of Lukasz Fabianski’s post.

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Next up was Salah himself, setting himself when Van Dijk sent in a cross for Liverpool’s leading scorer.

The connection was good, catching the volley crisply, but sending it clean over the bar.

Klopp needed improvements after the break.

When the finally got going, piling on the pressure in the second half, they found Fabiaski in top form.

At times, he had to be.

His save from Salah’s 60th minute free kick was first class, tipping his left-footed effort over the bar.

He should be pleased with that.

This was turning into his night, confidently darting off his line to claim corners or come flying out of his box to head away the danger.

He brought a whole new meaning to the phrase sweeper-keeper.

Klopp sent for reinforcements, with Adam Lallana replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain when the midfielder ran out of puff.

Carvalhal had already made his first change, a positive one, when Tom Carroll replaced Nathan Dyer out wide.

It was a remarkable performance by Swansea, a big win in Wales at a time when they were starting to wonder whether it was all possible.

This will give the place such a lift, restricting Liverpool to half-hearted, lazy second half efforts.

Virgil van Dijk almost headed Liverpool ahead before Mawson's strikeVirgil van Dijk almost headed Liverpool ahead before Mawson’s strikePA:Press Association The £75m defender then played a huge role in allowing Swansea the take the leadThe £75m defender then played a huge role in allowing Swansea the take the leadMATTHEW CHILDS Roberto Firmino then headed against the post in the dying secondsRoberto Firmino then headed against the post in the dying secondsAFP

Van Dijk, scorer of the winner on his debut in the Merseyside derby against Everton in the FA Cup, sent a half-volley flying over the bar towards the end.

There was no conviction about Liverpool, nothing to suggest that they had enough about them to back into it.

Sometimes it goes that way, with a few too many players off the boil in a big match.

Unfortunately, that is the Liverpool way.

Incredibly they were denied an equaliser deep into injury time when Firmino headed against the post and Lallana’s stabbed effort was deflected away for a corner.

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