Reds cock sure as Swans have one eye on the Capital.


Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City

1-0 Gerrard (pen) (34), 2-0 Coutinho (46), 3-0 Enique (50), 4-0 Suarez (56), 5-0 Sturridge (pen) (71),

They say that ex’s never do you any favours particularly when it involves the person you left them for! However, yesterday Swansea, with one eye on Wembley next weekend, fielded a weakened side which Liverpool took full advantage handing them their worst Premiership defeat. The win for now, gives Brendon Rogers a degree of solace in what looked to be shaping up to be disastrous week.

Despite Swansea’s weaknesses, they made seven changes from what is usually regarded as their first choice line up, credit should go to Liverpool for making the most of this and getting the job done. It will be harder one against Zenit on Thursday however, this was just the sort of confidence booster they needed?

BR recalled Daniel Sturridge who was cup tied on Thursday, Daniel Agger, Lucas and handed Coutinho, who did come on a substitute against West Brom for ten minutes or so, his first full start. As one would expect from a Swansea side that weren’t used to playing together we began well. Suarez, who was no doubt hoping to make hay here after being off colour in Russia, headed over Downing’s cross. This was the first of many chances which saw us exert a welcome firm grip on the game. This time we let nothing slip between our fingers!

As ever Suarez was involved but was unable to make his free kick tell. Sturridge and Coutinho also missed opportunities to put us in front. In the end we had to reply on Suarez again who went down under Agustien’s challenge. A penalty, I think so. Gerrard managed the remove the baggage related to Mondays miss. Then he went to Foster’s left this time to opted for his more familiar right side giving Vorm, in the Swansea goal, no chance. Even though it was a penalty it was a strike that must have soothed the nerves given the opportunities we had, and didn’t take, in the last two games?

From then on it appeared to be plain sailing as we exploited Swansea’s “newness” by out passing the passers and after the break we cut loose efficiently dashing any aspirations Swansea might have had to get back to the game in ten easy minutes.

Coutinho started the rout picking up Suarez’s pass and running at a retreating Swansea back line before firing low past Vorm. The Italian nearly got his second after Suarez winkled out a cross for him however his back heeled flick drifted wide. The best goal of the game was the third with Enrique finishing of, into the roof of the net, a intricate move on the left involving Sturridge and Suarez and himself . Suarez then made it four picking up Downing’s pass, evading the attentions of the Swansea central pair as if there was some kind of force field around him before firing home a straightforward effort into the bottom left had corner of the net.

After that it was just a question of counting out time for us and damage limitation for Swansea. They introduced Wayne Routledge to freshen things up however, he only succeeded in handling the ball when jumping with Suarez for a high ball. Gerrard, satisfied that he was back in the spot kick groove with his earlier conversion, gave Sturridge a go, the result was the same Vorm on the floor and the ball in the back of the net.

So a satisfying performance, with the only downside being a shoulder injury to Fabio Borini which was seemingly bad enough to rule him out for the rest of the season his cries of pain certainly suggested so. After the game Swansea’s manager Michael Laudrup gave his considered opinion of the game

“It was a nightmare we got slaughtered out there”

He then went on the apologise to travelling Swansea fans and said it was his fault as he picked the team. Honest and forthright words, take note BR. No doubt this won’t rankle too much if Swansea beat Bradford next Sunday however for once they were obliging visitors allowing us to vent out our frustrations from the last two games. Lets hope Zenit are just as accommodating on Thursday!

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique, Agger, Carragher, Gerrard, Phillippe Coutinho (Henderson – 60′ ), Downing, Lucas (Allen – 72′ ), Suarez (Borini – 78′ ), Sturridge Substitutes: Gulacsi, Skrtel, Henderson, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Borini

Swansea City: Vorm, Bartley, Monk, Tiendalli, Davies, Britton, Pablo Booked (Dyer – 76′ ), De Guzman, Agustien, Lamah (Routledge – 64′ ), Shechter (Rangel – 82′ ), Substitutes: Tremmel, Williams, Rangel, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Moore

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