Liverpool took a 2-1 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday after coming back from a 1-0 deficit.
Leroy Fer gave the Swans the lead in the 8th minute. The Welsh side held the lead up until the 54th minute when Roberto Firmino headed in the equalizer. James Milner, who was once again playing at left back, scored the winner from the penalty spot in the 84th minute. Manager Jurgen Klopp said that the team was angry at halftime, and were able to channel their anger into a good performance in the second half.
“I said to the boys, ‘I am 49 and I have lost a lot of football games and unfortunately I will lose a few more, but today makes no sense,’” Klopp said. “It’s not a day where we should lose a football game because we could have done so much better in the first half and we could still do better in the second half. It’s not allowed that we accept a bad day – even on a bad day you have to fight against the start, if you want.
“You have to strike back in the game and cool down because there were already small things where you could see we had already lost patience with ourselves. [We] were moaning about the decisions when the referee was absolutely right.
“You need to stop this and half-time is really good for this. We were angry at halftime, but with ourselves, nobody else. So we had to show we can do better because [up to that point] nobody could see why we were here. It looked like we were there for a football game but we were there because we want to win a football game. In the second half, there was no doubt about this anymore.”
The win put Liverpool in second place with 16 points, two points behind leaders Manchester City who will take on Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.