- Mawson (40)
Premier League, January 22 2018
Carlos Carvalhal’s fourth league game in charge of a struggling Swansea City side saw them take on a Liverpool team unbeaten in their previous 18 games and featuring Virgil van Dijk at the heart of their defence for the first time in the Premier League.
It turned into a frustrating night for Jurgen Klopp’s team, as they went behind to a goal from Swansea defender Alfie Mawson late on in the first half. The Swans held on to their 1-0 lead for the remainder of the 90 minutes, preventing Liverpool from scoring for the first time in six league games – a combination of poor finishing from Liverpool, fine saves from goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi, and the home side’s commitment to Carvalhal’s effective game plan securing Swansea a valuable three points.
Here, Carvalhal talks exclusively to The Coaches’ Voice about how Swansea’s 5-0 defeat at Anfield just 27 days earlier was instructive in forming the tactics he employed on a night that kept the Swans’ hopes of Premier League survival alive.