Jack Cork has urged Swansea to use their win over Liverpool as a 'springboard' to safety
Victory for Swansea stunned Anfield, whose fans had gathered expecting routine victory but left contemplating a run of form that threatens to derail their club's season.
So much so that when Cork later saluted the motivational power of being "written off", he could easily have been delivering an address to the home dressing room as much as his own troops.
"We had a similar situation last season [facing relegation] and we managed to get out of it and, while people outside the club have been saying it's hopeless, we don't think that way. We quite like being the underdogs and hopefully we can do the same as last season and push up the table.
"This is a big achievement and it gives us confidence for the next few games and hopefully this win can be a great springboard [for us]. The other results also mean we've clawed a couple more teams back into it."
Fernando Llorente celebrates after scoring Swansea's second goal in the 3-2 win over Liverpool
They ran themselves into the ground during 90 minutes, lifting themselves out of the bottom three here for the first time since December 10.
It is clear they have clearly been galvanised by the arrival of manager Paul Clement and two new signings in Tom Carroll and Martin Olsson.
Left-back Olsson was revealing when talking about not only about his decision to join the struggling club from Championship side Norwich but also his first impressions of Clement.
"When you are joining club in this position of course you have to look to see if there are positive signs – and I saw them here, especially from the manager," said the Swede.
Liverpool player ratings against Swansea City
Sat, January 21, 2017
Express Sport rates the Liverpool players' performances from their clash with Swansea Cty at Anfield
Get Quotes on Home Insurance
1 of 15
How did the Liverpool players get on against Swansea?
"After his first training session I couldn't walk properly for the next two days but that hard work will pay off, like it did here. We had to do a lot of running here, so it was just as well we prepared well."
In Fernando Llorente, who scored two goals, and Gylfi Sigurdsson, who bagged the winner after Roberto Firmino had clawed Liverpool back level, Swansea have two classy performers. Keeping hold of both will be key.
For Liverpool, however, this was a chastening defeat.
In the three weeks since beating Manchester City here on New Year's Eve, they have dropped seven Premier League points out of nine, taken three hours to despatch League Two Plymouth 1-0 in the FA Cup and lost 1-0 to Southampton in their EFL Cup semi-final first-leg.
Jordan Henderson insists Liverpool must bounce back straight away from their shock defeat
As a result, Reds skipper Jordan Henderson conceded the return leg on Wednesday now has much riding on it.
"We have to bounce back straight away and that is the most important thing now," he said. "We can't dwell on this particularly with the games coming thick and fast.
"We are still very confident that we can keep going this season and not only in the cups but in the league as well. But we have to make sure we tidy up on a couple of things."
Liverpool are not out of the title race but they have now lost three matches – the same number that Leicester, last year, and Chelsea, in 2014-15, lost all season, making the margin for any further error paper thin.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Can (Origi 70), Henderson, Wijnaldum (Matip 90+4); Firmino, Coutinho (Sturridge 57), Lallana Booked: Klavan Goals: Firmino 55. Next up: Southampton(h) Wed, EFL Cup.
Swansea (4-5-1): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson (Rangel 79); Routledge, Fer (Fulton 90+4), Cork, Carroll, Sigurdsson; Llorente (Borja 85) Booked: Fer Goals: Llorente 48, 52, Sigurdsson 74. Next up: Southampton (h) Jan 31, PL.
Referee: K Friend (Leicestershire).