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Wijnaldum Regrets ‘Giving Away’ The First Half

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The midfielder rues lost opportunities in Reds’ defeat.

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Swansea City v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Liverpool’s Monday night gave against Swansea City won’t be one for the highlight reels. Despite playing a very strong line-up, the Reds lost to last placed Swansea thanks to a goal by Alfie Mowson late in the first half.

For Liverpool fans, this turgid display will be a reminder of the days when the team couldn’t crack open defensive teams in the lower half of the table. They’d been doing much better with that this season, but Monday night’s performance showed that they’re not there yet.

Speaking about the loss and about the team breaking their 18-game unbeaten run, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum was frustrated at the team’s disastrous first half.

“We’re more disappointed because we gave one half away, we gave them their only chance and they scored a goal,” he told the official site after the game. “If you play the whole game like we played the second half you would be disappointed but at least you tried. We didn’t in the first half, we didn’t do what we had to do.

“I thought the ball was in [from Firmino’s last gasp header] but unfortunately it wasn’t. We were not lucky in the finishing. You have those games. We must keep the confidence and look forward.”

After a long eight days without a game, the team will be looking at a very busy January and February, with two to three games each week. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to put this disappointing display behind them and move forward.