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Liverpool crush Swansea

2013-02-17 19:31

Liverpool - Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho scored on his first start for Liverpool who leapfrogged Swansea City into seventh place in the English Premier League by crushing the below-strength Welsh side 5-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup rested a host of regular starters with next weekend's Capital One (League) Cup final against fourth-tier Bradford City in mind, a decision which spectacularly backfired.

Steven Gerrard's penalty on 34 minutes set Liverpool on their way, the midfielder making no mistake having had a spot-kick saved in the home defeat by West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

Coutinho, who joined last month from Inter Milan on a long-term contract, ran at the Swansea defence and beat keeper Michel Vorm soon after the restart to make it 2-0 as Liverpool quickly settled the game in a rampant spell.

Coutinho was also involved in the build-up in Liverpool's third goal four minutes later, linking up with Luis Suarez before Daniel Sturridge crossed for Jose Enrique to prod in.

Suarez hit a fourth on 56 after twisting and turning in the area before Sturridge made it 5-0 with a second penalty.

It was Liverpool's first victory over a team in the top half of the Premier League this season and a first for manager Brendan Rodgers over his former side.

Reuters

Comments
  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2013-02-17 20:17

    Britain's most successful football team needs to be more consistent well done though for teaching Swansea a footballing lesson.

      iNJBL - 2013-02-17 20:58

      @Vishen European cups are used as success measure actually. "We won it 5 times We won it 5 times In Istanbul we won it 5 times"

      stewart.andrews.9849 - 2013-02-17 23:12

      liverpool still england's most successful club winning 41 major trophies to man u's 37, united was a useless team before sir alex, and they'll be useless again once his gone.

      brett.pretorius.94 - 2013-02-18 08:24

      @Vishen. That's a disgusting comment to make. 96 people died there. The club and supporters who lost those 96 people, have very recently displayed genuine empathy for the Munich Air Disaster...where 11 of Manchester United's players and staff were amongst those who lost their lives. It would do you well to remember that Alex Ferguson, the club and supporters also recently illustrated their solidarity with Liverpool over the loss of these 96 lives. So while the rivalry is intense, and can get nasty at times due to the passion involved, your comment is disgusting and unacceptable. The most important race is not the first EPL club to 20 titles...its the human race. You would do well to remember what is most important.

      lucien.langenhoven - 2013-02-18 08:56

      @iNJBL... Well done to Liverpool, first time they beat a team in the top 10 of the BPL this season, 27 games to late though. Must compliment you on your persistance that Liverpool HAD a great team in the 80's. Last time I checked it's 2 decades later and they still building for next season. They will never come close to that glory days because the players are not after the same one club passion (besides Stevie G and Jamie C) that those guys were after, they only after money and headlines....

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-18 10:41

      Vishen, you are a disgrace. You give United supporters a bad name.

      sukhoipakfa - 2013-02-18 15:25

      @ vishen........./´¯/) ....................,/¯../ .................../..../ ............./´¯/'...'/´¯¯`·¸ ........../'/.../..../......./¨¯\ ........('(...´...´.... ¯~/'...') .........\.................'...../ ..........''...\.......... _.·´ ............\..............( ..............\.............\

      Vishen - 2013-02-18 17:03

      @brett Agreed. Post deleted.

      Vishen - 2013-02-18 17:06

      @njbl Steven Gerrard, Steven Gerrard He kisses the badge on his chest and then hands in a transfer request (after that very same match in Istanbul) ...careful what you chant, buddy!...

  • deeps1910 - 2013-02-17 22:07

    Swansea had 7 changes... So no true measure really.

  • markwmilligan - 2013-02-18 08:23

    Good result

  • Rampant - 2013-02-18 10:38

    Well done to Liverpool, however, let's not be fooled, Swansea were not up to scratch on the day.Me thinks we have a good squad, just for them to click and be consistent. Twenty years is a bit too long. Liverpool forever.

  • Vishen - 2013-02-18 17:18

    @sukhoipafka Thanks for illustrating Liverpools titles in the last 25 years!

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