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Rodgers left frustrated on his return to Swansea

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 2:31am
 

There were no goals but no shortage of goalmouth action as the return of Brendan Rodgers produced a lively 0-0 draw between Swansea City and Liverpool yesterday.

The former Swansea manager saw his Liverpool side fashion half a dozen genuine opportunities against a Swansea team who were equally inventive.

In the end, it was a case of close but not close enough as the sides shared the points at the Liberty Stadium.

Thankfully, the pre-match handshakes passed without incident, too.

Swans captain Ashley Williams criticised Liverpool striker Luis Suarez in a book that was released this week but he shook hands with the Uruguayan prior to kick-off.

Though there were plenty of chances, the closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when Luis Enrique had a goal chalked off for offside after a delicate chip from Suarez, 11 minutes before the interval.

"I thought it was a goal to be honest," said Rodgers.

"I understand that when you see it now and you see lots of replays and people talk about parts of the body being offside, but the only part of his body that looked offside was his arm.

"So I thought it was a wee bit harsh on us because he's come in, gambled on the ball coming in and he's got his reward for it, but unfortunately we didn't get the goal.

"I was very pleased with my team today, the method in our game was excellent. We had 18 shots at goal, nine on target, we just couldn't quite find the final touch to finish."

Rodgers' impact on the playing styles of both sides was evident throughout an even game at a rain-soaked Liberty Stadium, as the two teams sought to control possession with exchanges of short passes.

Spanish midfielder Pablo Hernandez twice threatened for Swansea in the first half, while Liverpool saw teenage winger Raheem Sterling crack the bar.

Elsewhere, Alan Pardew returned to his former club, Southampton, and his Newcastle side were beaten 2-0 as Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez scored either side of half-time to lift Saints out of the bottom three.

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