In a match that was designated as dead rubber by many Liverpool fans, the Liverpool players seemed to have taken their advice, as evident by their performance on the ground. Right from the offset, Liverpool looked like a team that has more important priorities.
As defending set-pieces has been an Achilles heel for the Reds this season, this factor was again epitomized today by the opening goal of the Welsh side.
Andre Ayew wasn’t the tallest man on the pitch, however, that factor didn’t stop him from rising above the likes of Lovren and Allen to nod the ball home. After that, Liverpool were at sea and Swansea capitalized fully with their indefatigable pressing of the ball.
Thus, while the Liverpool faithful might not take this hammering in a bad way, they would be hoping that Liverpool compensates for this performance with a much better one against Villarreal in the upcoming week.
Here is how the Twitter reacted …
If you believe that Liverpool’s defending is Championship material, here is a stat compounding your belief …
Most times conceded 3+ goals away in the PL since August 2014:
13 – Villa, Newcastle
11 – Liverpool
10 – Sunderland
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) May 1, 2016
Another tweet on the much-maligned Liverpool defense …
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) May 1, 2016
For those Liverpool fans who are still blaming Brendan Rodgers, here is his reply, well, sort of …
It's amazing the power I still have over Liverpool.
I left the club 6 months ago and yet today's loss is still my fault.
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) May 1, 2016
Just in case you were wondering where today’s defeat left Liverpool in the Premier League table …
Full-time: Swansea 3-1 Liverpool. Lacklustre performance all round as we stay 7th in the table.
— LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner) May 1, 2016
Seems like Liverpool and Skrtel doesn’t enjoy each other’s company of late …
Liverpool's win percentage this season with Martin Skrtel is just 35%, compared to 53.3% without him. pic.twitter.com/UvqoCwsohl
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 1, 2016
Of the very few players that turned up for Liverpool today, Benteke was the most impressive …
Benteke & Ward can walk off the pitch head held high.
The rest may as well take some of @mamadousakho pills. May as well have been banned
— Jurgen Brodinho (@Brodinho) May 1, 2016
Finally, here’s what every Liverpool fan is thinking right now …
Fair to say I've never been less bothered by Liverpool losing. Such a nothing game. On to Thursday night. That's the big one.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) May 1, 2016