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Liverpool back up to fourth after thrashing Swansea at Anfield

27 December, 2017, 03:58 | Author: Hannah Francis
  • Jurgen Klopp saw his side beat the Premier League's bottom club Swansea 5-0 at Anfield

The last time Philippe Coutinho captained Liverpool they managed to score seven goals against Spartak Moscow in their final Champions League group game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's determination saw him score Liverpool's third after half-time before Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finished from close range. After the game, you look and it's 5-0 and you think: 'Wow, 5-0.

Liverpool started out a little slowly but lowly Swansea were more than willing to give the hosts time to get up to speed and in the end it was an easy, comfortable 5-0 scoreline to kick off the second half of the Premier League season.

Coutinho's arcing shot from the edge of the penalty area which had just enough curl on it to take it inside the far post.

Having fired Paul Clement a week ago, managerless Swansea remained on the bottom of the table.

Leon Britton's side needed to score at least once in order to get anything from this game, and had scored just 11 in 19 before this game.

Alexander-Arnold's milestone goal arrived when he charged into the Swansea box, latched on to an Alfie Mawson clearance and rifled a shot of the underside of the crossbar.

- Only Manc City in 1995-96 and Derby County in 2007-08 scored fewer goals in their first 20 games of a Premier League campaign (10 each) than Swansea Cith have this season (11).

But in added time Roque Mesa nearly threw it away by giving away possession to Salah and although his pass put Firmino clean through with only the keeper to beat he dragged his shot wide.

Klopp was pleased his players were able to rectify their mistakes of the first half and convert their chances more clinically after the restart.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he is not a coach who ignores the defensive side of the game, claiming that it is his instinct to "defend first" rather than go or all out attack.

Firmino grabbed his second shortly after, tapping home into an empty net following unselfish work by Mohamed Salah.

Just after the hour though, Liverpool ended the game as a contest with two goals in a minute.

Salah is now the first player this season to have been involved in 20 league goals this season, with his fifth assist of the term.


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