Fortuitous Henderson goal carries Liverpool to vital win over Swansea

SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Jordan Henderson scored a fortunate second-half winner as Liverpool beat Swansea 1-0 in the Premier League on Monday to keep in touch with the top four in the race for Champions League qualification.

A covering tackle from Swansea defender Jordi Amat hit the shins of Henderson on the edge of the penalty area and looped over stranded goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski into the net.

Liverpool's fifth straight league win kept the team unbeaten in 2015 and two points behind fourth-place Manchester United. Manchester City, which is second, is only four points clear of in-form Liverpool.

Swansea failed to capitalize on a dominant first-half display in driving rain at Liberty Stadium and faded after halftime.

Steven Gerrard came on as a substitute for Liverpool for his first appearance since Feb. 10.

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