Published: Wed, December 27, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Coutinho and Firmino combine as Liverpool tear Swansea apart 5-0

Coutinho and Firmino combine as Liverpool tear Swansea apart 5-0

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool had to work extremely hard for their "perfect result" in the 5-0 win over Swansea City on Tuesday evening.

Just as in the first half though, Liverpool found the net soon after kick-off.

It sparked the Reds back into action, but the biggest chance to extend their lead was spurned right on 45 minutes-Firmino firing wide when clear on goal after Salah's through-pass. Most recently, they collapsed to let a 2-0 lead slip in a crucial game against Arsenal, ending up with a 3-3 draw instead.

The striker atoned just seven minutes after the break as he converted Coutinho's free kick.

Oxlade-Chamberlain then put the gloss on the performance by scoring Liverpool's sixth eight minutes from time. Wayne Routledge crossed for Ayew but his header had no power and was saved down low by Simon Mignolet.

Liverpool away last season was the result that turned Swansea's season around under Paul Clement but the Swans were dealt an early blow in repeating last season's heroics.

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A Firmino effort in first half injury time gave them something to talk about over half time drinks, but other strikes in the half from Emre Can, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and another from Firmino himself failed to trouble Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal. From here on in it was a case of how many more Liverpool would get, rather than whether they would win the game or not.

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.

After half time the first chance fell the way of the Egyptian, but his left-footed curler was placed too soft and too central.

The Anfield club have been the embodiment of attacking flamboyance under their German manager, particularly this season with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane making up their frightening front-four.

Trent Alexander-Arnold threatened on the right wing all afternoon, and registered his first Premier League goal after bullying his way past Alfie Mawson in the area to blast home a powerful finish.

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