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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kick off for the game is at 8pm.

1Mins

We’re under way…

5Mins

Liverpool have enjoyed the majority of the possession so far with Swansea sitting back.

Expect that pattern of play to recur throughout the match.

7Mins

It’s been a pretty uneventful opening to this game.

There have been no real chances of note for either side yet.

11Mins

Swansea survive a scare.

Mane gets in behind the defence, but miscontrols a long ball, allowing Fabiański to collect it.

14Mins

Swansea look toothless in attack so far. Every time they threaten a break, a player overruns it or a pass is misplaced.

That said, their main priority, of course, will be keeping Liverpool out.

20Mins

Swansea counter after Joe Gomez fails to cut out a pass and commits himself in the process.

Dyer then puts it in the net from a tight angle, but the ball narrowly went out of play moments before his fine finish.

22Mins

Liverpool have looked a little sluggish so far.

They’ve barely threatened against a well-organised Swansea backline.

24Mins

Van Dijk gets on the end of Oxlade Chamberlain’s corner but nods it just wide.

That would have been two goals in two Liverpool starts for the ex-Southampton player.

27Mins

Liverpool have had 202 passes so far according to Sky.

Swansea, by contrast, have had 93.

30Mins

Good chance.

Van Dijk plays a lovely lofted pass. Salah gets on the end of it, but his volley goes over the bar.

35Mins

Salah flicks it through to the onrushing Matip but the ball is slightly behind the Liverpool defender.

Moments later, Oxlade-Chamberlain shoots from the edge of the area, but Fabiański makes a fairly comfortable save.

37Mins

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Liverpool's Sadio Mane (front) and Swansea City's Federico Fernandez battle for the ball. Source: Simon Galloway

40Mins

Olsson plays a good ball in that Van Dijk has to boot clear for a corner.

Swansea are growing into this game.

43Mins

Van Dijk’s headed clearance from a corner is weak.

The ball deflects to Mawson on the edge of the box and his shot finds the corner of the net.

46Mins

Robertson gets booked for having a little kick at Ayew as he’s prone on the ground while blocking the ball in the process.

Moments later, Matip gets booked for a late challenge on Clucas.

Liverpool need to retain their composure here.

45Mins

Just before the break, Liverpool almost scored.

Sloppy play from Ki Sung-Yeung allowed Salah to break and the Egyptian’s cross was volleyed just wide by Mane.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

48Mins

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Swansea City's Alfie Mawson (centre) celebrates his goal. Source: Simon Galloway

53Mins

Ayew bursts forward on the counter-attack, but Gomez does well to make the tackle eventually.

Liverpool need to be careful as they push more numbers forward, as the hosts have plenty of pace and skill, making them a threat on the break.

57Mins

Robertson fires the ball across the box, but no one is able to get on the end of it.

Looks like it will be a backs-to-the-wall second half for Swansea the way they’ve approached it so far.

59Mins

Claims for a penalty as the ball hits off Mawson around the arm area, but it would have been very harsh to give it judging by replays.

Liverpool have been livelier and upped the temp in this second half.

61Mins

Fabianski is forced to tip over a free kick by Salah on the edge of the area.

Swansea will do well to survive this period of pressure.

64Mins

Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League - Liberty Stadium Liverpool's Sadio Mane reacts during the Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium. Source: Nick Potts

65Mins

Swansea make a defensive change.

Dyer is replaced by ex-Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll.

66Mins

Mane goes down in the box after the faintest of touches on him by the defender.

Replays suggest the referee made the right call in ignoring it.

68Mins

A change is made by Liverpool.

Oxlade-Chamberlain goes off, with Lallana coming on in his place.

70Mins

Can drives forward with the ball, but blasts well over from about 30 yards out.

Liverpool look a little short of ideas right now.

73Mins

The second half has resembled an attack-v-defence training session at times.

Swansea have been really solid and done well to contain some of the best attackers in the Premier League.

As I type, Matip drives forward before blasting over from the edge of the box.

Liverpool’s centre-backs have pushed forward quite frequently, and have been virtually playing as central midfielders at times, so vast is the territory that Swansea have conceded as they look to keep their opponents out.

75Mins

Liverpool make another attacking change.

Danny Ings, who’s really been on the periphery of the team since joining in June 2015, replaces Wijnaldum.

78Mins

Ings creates space just inside the box.

However, Fabiański gets down well to save his shot.

81Mins

Swansea make their second substitution.

A tired-looking Ayew walks off casually and is replaced by Wilfried Bony, who joined Swansea back in August for the second time, but has managed just two goals in 15 appearances since then.

As I type, Gomez drives forward but shoots wide from a difficult angle just outside the box.

87Mins

Five minutes remain.

Liverpool continue to throw bodies forward, but Swansea have been extremely diligent off the ball throughout the match so far.

89Mins

For all Liverpool’s possession and territory, clear-cut chances have been few and far between for them tonight.

You could hardly say Swansea don’t deserve the three points as it stands, given how manfully they have defended.

92Mins

There will be four minutes of time added on.

As I type, the ball breaks to Can inside the box, but the German international volleys wastefully over.

The goalscorer Alfie Mawson has just been deservedly named man of the match by Sky. He’s been terrific at the back.

90Mins

Salah fires off target when he would have been better off sending in a cross.

The Egypt international has not been at his best this evening.

Firmino missed a glaring chance in the very last minute.

The Brazilian striker headed against the post from close range to enable Swansea to breathe a sigh of relief.

Right, that’s all from me for now.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

You can read our report of the match here.

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