KEY MAN: Roberto Firmino
SWANSEA’S WOES continued when they were hammered 5-0 by Liverpool on Boxing Day. The first goal came after only 5 minutes when Roberto Firmino won the ball from Swansea defender Jordan Ayew. The Brazilian found compatriot Phillppe Coutinho, who managed to create some space to whip in a 20-yard curling shot past Swansea goal Keeper Lukaskz Fabianski.
Despite Swansea matching Liverpool with possession in the first half, and winning two out of their last three fixtures against the Reds, the Merseysiders always looked the more likely to score with Roberto Firmino and Emre Can forcing saves from Fabianski; Swansea could only manage one shot from Scottish striker Oliver McBurnie.
The hosts came out in the second period with more purpose and they quickly made it 2-0 on 51 minutes, which came after a well worked free kick, this time Coutinho whipped in an inch perfect ball which the alert Firmino duly volleyed home from close range.
The Merseyside club’s third goal came in the 64th minute from local lad Alexander Trent- Arnold, which was created by some neat play on the right from Coutinho who whipped in a cross which was cleared, only to be bulldozed in by a determined Trent-Arnold whose memorable goal hit the back of the Swansea net.
Liverpool’s fourth goal came from a terrible back pass from Swansea midfielder Federico Fernandez, which was picked up by Liverpool’s Egyptian sensation Mohamed Salah. Salah squared the ball to Firmino who tapped to score his 9th Premier League goal.
Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored Liverpool’s fifth of the night when he chased the ball down in the box, muscled his way through the defence to score with a lofted shot which sailed over the ‘keeper.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said post match: “It’s a perfect result for us with what was a hard game despite the score.”
Bottom club Swansea will have to invest in some players in the January transfer window if they are going to be in with a chance of getting out of a relegation battle.
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