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    Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City Match Report


    Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool returned to winning ways on Boxing Day with a crushing victory over relegation strugglers Swansea City.

    The Brazilian's double strike took the match beyond the visitors' reach in the second-half but it was his countryman Philippe Coutinho who lit up Anfield on a cold winter's evening with a virtuoso display, which included a spectacular opening goal.

    Coutinho scored for the 12th time for Liverpool this campaign with a stunning effort from 25 yards, which sailed into the right-hand corner of the net, after Salah's pass had provided him with the shooting opportunity

    The Reds failed to add to their lead before the break but had several good chances, with Andrew Robertson firing wide following Coutinho's deflected pass and Firmino also dragging an effort past the post after he had easily glided past Federico Fernandez.

    The Swans, who offered little in the final third of the field, did create their best opportunity during the first-half but Jordan Ayew's header was comfortably saved by Simon Mignolet in the visitors' goal.

    Liverpool were far more clinical after the break, with Firmino netting for the 15th and 16th times in 2017-18 and Trent Alexander-Arnold scoring a stunning goal in between the Brazilian's two strikes.

    Firmino rifled the ball past Lucasz Fabianski from three yards after he was picked-out by Coutinho's flighted pass to the back-post, while he tapped home from a close-range later in the half when Mohamed Salah had created an unmissable opportunity.

    Only a minute before Firmino's second goal, Trent-Alexander had fulfilled a lifelong dream of scoring at the Kop End for the first time when he struck a stunning half-volley into the top-corner of the net.

    The match duly remained at 4-0 until the 82nd minute when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off the victory with a similar strike to that of Alexander-Arnold, which flew into the same corner of the goal albeit from a shorter distance.

    Like Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain also had the accolade of scoring for the first time at Anfield, while the 'Fab Four' of Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane increased their combined total of goals for Liverpool this season to 56.

    The only missing ingredient for the home side was a goal for the usually prolific Salah, who was twice denied by Fabianski in the second-half with a curling strike and an effort from a tight angle.

    Liverpool remain fourth in the table ahead of a home match against Leicester City on Saturday, with Tottenham and Arsenal a point further back in fifth and sixth positions respectively after they also recorded victories.

    The Swans, who were being managed on a caretaker basis by Leon Britton for the second successive game, offered very little in the way of chances despite managing a healthy 45 per cent possession.

    They stay bottom of the table prior to an away match against Watford on Saturday, with former Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal taking charge for the first time following his appointment this week.
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