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Liverpool 5 Swansea 0

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MOM - CoutinhoMan of the match: Coutinho

Moment of the match: Coutinho's Cruyff flick goes just wide.

Villain of the match: Michael Laudrup

Moan of the match: Liverpool shooting from long range is abysmal.


MOM - Coutinho

Man of the match: Coutinho

Moment of the match: Coutinho's Cruyff flick goes just wide.

Villain of the match: Michael Laudrup

Moan of the match: Liverpool shooting from long range is abysmal.

Swansea arrived on Merseyside with one and a half eyes on the Capital One Cup next Sunday and fielded a weakened team against the misfiring Reds.

Seven changes for the visitors presented Liverpool with an opportunity to offer the fans a glimpse of the future and what might be in the grand scheme of things.

It’s easy to see how far Liverpool have fallen in their fans estimation – tickets for this game were still on general sale the day before the game – something unheard of in recent times.

Maybe the fans are saving their money for the Europa League showdown with Anzi on Thursday evening.

Whatever the rights and wrongs of doing what they did, Swansea put themselves in the firing line and Liverpool duly took aim and began firing blanks.

Downing miscued horribly wide with more chance of hitting the corner flag than the target. Sturridge spurned a golden opportunity before teeing up Coutinho who again missed the target from six yards.

Once Suarez gained Liverpool a legitimate penalty on 34 minutes which Gerrard duly converted, the relief for the men in red was mirrored by the crowd and the confidence visibly flowed back through the team.

Brendan Rodgers needs to get these players some shooting practice for that is all that is wrong with this team.

Apart from several howlers from the defence and goalkeeper in recent games which are unlikely to be repeated for the rest of the season, there is clearly a lot more to Liverpool than the points tally suggests. However against sterner opposition if you can’t take your chances then you will be made to pay and that is exactly what has happened this season.

Swansea though rolled over and had their belly tickled after Coutinho scored a superb solo effort bamboozling Monk and firing through the goalkeeper within twenty seconds of the restart.

After that Swansea gave up hope of trying to rescue the game and the home team waltzed through the last fourty five minutes adding three more goals to the total.

Coutinho and Sturridge both showed flashes of genius and the third goal, started and finished by Enrique was one of the best team goals of the season.

Based on this performance you would have to give Liverpool a good chance of overturning their deficit on Thursday evening but with Sturridge and Coutinho cup tied it is unlikely to happen.

Liverpool are 10/3 at Ladbrokes to qualify for the next round of the Europa League

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