Date: 20th March 2015 at 11:13am
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers revealed to Garry Monk after Monday’s game that his Swansea side’s performance was the best they’ve come up against so far this season.

And while the Swansea City boss revealed to Wales Online that it’s ‘pleasing’ to hear such compliments – which were also echoed by the Reds captain Steven Gerrard, he was still disappointed that one of their best 45 minutes of football this season returned zero points.

It’s not very often that a side can dominate Liverpool 60-40 in possession, but Monk’s side were able to do that in the first half, but they couldn’t get the goal that their dominance warranted.

Instead, Liverpool adjusted their system, and dominated after the break before netting a lucky goal to edge the game.

Monk said:

“To be fair to him, I spoke to Brendan after the game and he said that was the best performance against his side this season, especially during the first 45 minutes, which is a great compliment coming from him.

“I don`t think he was saying it just to be nice. He genuinely meant it.

“I know Steven Gerrard spoke to Jonjo (Shelvey) after the game and he pretty much said the same thing.

“So it is pleasing to see hear that, but therein lies the balancing act.

“You can play well and end up with nothing, or play poorly and end up with all three points. It is a fine line and I would rather play well and win games.

“We did well and did not deserve to lose that game. We now have to refocus and we want three points this weekend after two good performances against Tottenham and Liverpool where we have got nothing.”


In Sky Sports’ post-match analysis, Gary Neville – arguably one of the best football pundits out there – also said that he hasn’t seen any side this season who have managed ‘to do that to Liverpool’, as he spoke about Swansea’s ability to control the opening 45 minutes.

But Monk will know that his side have to score goals when on top in games, as there’s been far too many examples this season of missed opportunities, and struggling in second halves of games – particularly at home when they’ve had to hang on to narrow leads.

 
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