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Liverpool 5-0 Swansea: Roberto Firmino nets twice in routine win

Liverpool 5-0 Swansea

Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool eased to a 5-0 victory over struggling Swansea at Anfield on Boxing Day.

Philippe Coutinho’s brilliant early strike laid the platform for a win which was sealed with a burst of goals after half-time.

Firmino made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute before scoring again 14 minutes later, shortly after Trent Alexander-Arnold netted his first Premier League goal for the club. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then rounded off a comfortable win in the 82nd minute.

 

The victory sees Liverpool move up to fourth in the Premier League, five points behind second-placed Manchester United, while managerless Swansea stay bottom of the table, five points from safety.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Mignolet (6), Alexander-Arnold (8), Matip (7), Klavan (7), Robertson (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (8), Can (6), Wijnaldum (6), Salah (7), Firmino (8), Coutinho (8)

Subs: Milner (5), Lallana (6), Solanke (6)

Swansea: Fabianski (5), Naughton (3), Fernandez (4), Mawson (4), Olsson (4), Fer (3), Roque (3), Carroll (4), Routledge (3), Ayew (3), McBurnie (4)

Subs: Abraham (5), Clucas (5), Sanches (5)

Man of the match: Roberto Firmino

Having drawn their previous three Premier League games at Anfield, Liverpool made the perfect start as Coutinho fired a brilliant shot into the top corner from 25 yards after six minutes.

But the hosts did not initially show the required intensity to build on the goal and Swansea stayed in the first half despite rarely threatening themselves.

Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after making it 3-0
Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after making it 3-0

The Swans were also guilty of giving the ball away cheaply on several occasions, but were not punished as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Firmino fired off target and the latter then spurned an excellent one-on-one chance in injury-time.

However, Liverpool soon put the result beyond doubt as they raised the tempo in the second half.

Team news

Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum and Matip started for Liverpool in place of Lovren, Gomez, Henderson and Mane. Routledge, Fer and McBurnie came into the Swansea XI, with the latter making his first start of the season.

Firmino tapped in from Coutinho’s free-kick to make it 2-0 before Alexander-Arnold fired into the roof of the net after collecting a clearance just outside the box.

Salah teed up Firmino to score another in the 66th minute and Oxlade-Chamberlain lobbed the fifth into the far corner after Swansea failed to clear their lines.

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