Vital Report: Liverpool 5-0 Swansea City
Vital Liverpool report from Anfield on the 5-0 destruction of Swansea City, which puts the Reds back into the top 7 of the Premier League.
Supporting Liverpool should come with a health warning. The incessant pattern of poor performances and results followed by resounding victories with breathtaking football must have some form of detrimental effect on the nervous system.
Yet again, Liverpool followed up a couple of bad results with a brilliant 5-0 Premier League victory at home to an under strength Swansea City, which suggests once again that the club are moving in the right direction.
From the very first whistle, Liverpool laid siege to Swansea's goal and it shouldn't have taken as long as 36 minutes for the home side to take a lead.
The opener came when Luis Suarez won his second penalty in two league games. The Uruguayan was adjudged to have been felled by Kemy Agustien on the right hand touchline.
It should have been Liverpool's second penalty because Daniel Sturridge was blatantly fouled by Kyle Bartley on 23 minutes. Perhaps referee Howard Webb was atoning from that earlier error when awarding the Suarez penalty, although it was in itself a foul anyway.
Steven Gerrard made no mistake from the spot this time and unsurprisingly he slotted his penalty into the bottom left hand corner, the opposite side from his failed West Brom effort.
A decent first half display, but the floodgates really opened in the second half, where Liverpool scored three goals in the opening 11 minutes.
Within just 16 seconds of the re-start, Suarez played in Philippe Coutinho on his full debut, who jinked inside his marker and fired a right footed shot straight at Michel Vorm that was too powerful for him to keep out.
A superb start to Coutinho's Liverpool career, who will hopefully live up to the hype surrounding his recent transfer. He played well overall, but, understandably, he tired later on and was substituted by Jordan Henderson on the hour mark.
Time will tell on the success of Coutinho, but young and skilful Brazilians are normally a sure-fire hit - should they settle in the country of course.
And that's why his debut goal could be vitally important.
The goal of the match arrived on 50 minutes. Starting on the far left, Liverpool strung together a mesmerising passing move, which contained a couple of sparkling one-twos and culminated in Daniel Sturridge nudging the ball inside to Jose Enrique, who used his right instep to fire into the top corner.
In many ways, Enrique sums up Liverpool as a whole this season. One minute he is brilliant and the next he is awful. Just like his team in general.
The Reds weren't finished there. Luis Suarez notched a deserved goal on 56 minutes when he ghosted past Kyle Bartley and Garry Monk before curling a left footed shot into the bottom corner.
Liverpool completed the rout on 71 minutes when Wayne Routledge's handball gave the Reds another penalty (yes, that's correct, Howard Webb awarded Liverpool two penalties).
Steven Gerrard graciously handed the baton to Sturridge, who lifted the ball over Vorm's dive and into the left hand corner.
Gerrard no doubt recognises the importance of Sturridge continuing his goalscoring streak, and it was a canny piece of leadership from him.
Overall it was a brilliant performance, particularly in the second half.
Yes, Swansea were seriously weakened ahead of their Capital One Cup final next weekend, but their players were fighting for a starting spot in the Wembley show-piece, whilst several were seasoned internationals.
After a victory that was littered with the kind of football that Rodgers was meant to bring to his new club, it's understandable that there is a sense - once more - that everything appears rosey in Liverpool's garden.
But for the sake of our well-being, it's probably best to stay grounded because a bad result always appears to be around the corner.
However, this couldn't have been better preparation for Thursday's crucial Europa League tie against Zenit St. Petersburg. Passage to the next round would surely aid the club's search for its eternally elusive holy grail: consistency
bucks his team's trend in that he is so consistently brilliant that it would be easy to take him for granted. One can only hope the club realises its on-field potential whilst he wears Red; in the meantime, we should cherish his sublime play. He was simply brilliant today. He just pips Daniel Sturridge.
Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas (Allen 71'), Gerrard, Coutinho (Henderson 60'), Downing, Suarez (Borini 78'), Sturridge.Click here to read Brendan Rodgers' comments on the matchClick here to see comprehensive match stats from the gameFollow me on Twitter @antonyjlfc
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