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Liverpool 4-1 Swansea City

Adam Lallana
Lallana doubled his tally for the season with his two goals on Monday
  • Liverpool end 2014 with back-to-back wins
  • Reds score four for the first time this season
  • Rodgers' team up to eighth
  • Swansea suffer first defeat in three games

Liverpool moved to within five points of the top four as their recent upturn in form continued with an emphatic victory over Swansea at Anfield.

The home side took the lead through Alberto Moreno's close-range finish.

Adam Lallana made it 2-0 when Lukasz Fabianski's attempted clearance struck him and found the net before Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson hit back immediately.

But Lallana struck again with a low finish and Jonjo Shelvey's headed own goal from a corner sealed the rout.

It could have been worse for Swansea, with Raheem Sterling striking the post with a shot from an angle and substitute Mario Balotelli drawing a good save from Fabianski with a low drive.

It has been a year of two halves for Liverpool, who began 2014 with drive, purpose and a 16-game unbeaten run to take them to within a whisker of an unexpected Premier League title, but in the last few months have been characterised by doubt and inconsistency.

Aptly, this was a game of two very different halves, with a slow-paced and unmemorable first period giving way to a dynamic and entertaining one after the break.

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'Outstanding' Lallana delights Rodgers

Liverpool were the better side in both - especially the second - to ensure they end the year with back-to-back victories that lift them up to eighth in the table, five points behind fourth-placed Southampton.

Without the injured Daniel Sturridge, the Reds still lack strength up front, which was most apparent in the stale 33 minutes before Moreno darted into the box to finish Jordan Henderson's low cross to give them the lead.

But, in spreading three of his quickest and most skilful players - Lallana, Sterling and Philippe Coutinho - across the forward line, manager Brendan Rodgers has at least discovered an effective alternative.

And with Henderson and Lucas putting in the hard yards behind them, Rodgers was vindicated in his decision to leave out captain Steven Gerrard, who had started all seven of their previous fixtures this month.

The pick of the bunch was Lallana, who put a poor first-half miss behind him to assert himself decisively on the game.

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Swansea made too many mistakes - Monk

His first goal owed a lot to fortune, with Fabianski's kick deflecting off him and looping into the net, but it also illustrated his desire through his willingness to close the keeper down in the first place.

In contrast, his second - a decisive blow after Swansea had gained a foot-hold in the game through Sigurdsson's close-range finish to make it 2-1 - was chiefly down to his ability as he collected a neat flick from Coutinho, beat two men and finished low.

The Reds were assisted by Swansea, who have practised the high-tempo, high-pressing game Rodgers is trying to rediscover at Anfield to superb effect this year but were uncharacteristically limp and wasteful in possession.

The visitors' biggest crime was a failure to regularly test home goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who had been dropped "indefinitely" by Rodgers due to his poor form but was brought back following an injury to his replacement Brad Jones.

Bafetimbi Gomis did strike the bar with an 18-yard shot late on but by then they had already gifted the hosts an unassailable lead through former Liverpool midfielder Shelvey's near-post header into his own net from Henderson's corner.

Shelvey was also involved in an incident earlier in the game when he caught Liverpool's Emre Can with a flailing arm.

Afterwards, the 22-year-old tweeted to say that the contact was "unintentional" and that he had apologised to Can.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: "It was a great performance against a very good side. I felt for the big part of the game we dominated.

"We gave away a poor goal and it goes to 2-1 and they almost score again straight after so that is a frustration. But apart from that spell the work-rate was outstanding and we were really exciting going forward.

"For me it was about getting back to performing well and getting ideas that will help the players play how we want to play. Tonight we were convincing. We have to keep that intensity and work-rate."

Swansea manager Garry Monk: "I think we played OK. We had the most possession, we created chances, but the mistakes we made cost us the game.

"You get punished at this level. We performed OK but those mistakes cost us.

"Lukasz Fabiasnki has been fantastic this season but every player makes a mistake. You lose as a collective."

Martin Skrtel heads towards goal
Martin Skrtel was denied a headed goal from a corner by Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski
Alberto Moreno opens the scoring
Moreno's goal was his second for Liverpool
Adam Lallana fires over for Liverpool
Lallana has scored just two goals this season since joining Liverpool from Southampton
Gylfi Sigurdsson
Sigurdsson scored his second in as many games for Swansea

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 23Can
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 49mins
  • 17Sakho
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Leiva
  • 14Henderson
  • 18Moreno
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forMarkovicat 77'minutes
  • 31SterlingSubstituted forBalotelliat 83'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forBoriniat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 8Gerrard
  • 9Lambert
  • 29Borini
  • 45Balotelli
  • 50Markovic
  • 52Ward

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 29RichardsSubstituted forRangelat 45'minutes
  • 33Fernández
  • 6Williams
  • 3Taylor
  • 7BrittonSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 67'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Dyer
  • 23G Sigurdsson
  • 15Routledge
  • 10BonySubstituted forGomisat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 11Emnes
  • 14Carroll
  • 18Gomis
  • 22Rangel
  • 25Tremmel
  • 27Bartley
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
44,714

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home21
Away11
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, Swansea City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Swansea City 1.

Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Fabio Borini replaces Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt saved. Mario Balotelli (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.

Attempt missed. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ki Sung-Yueng.

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lazar Markovic.

Attempt missed. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Mario Balotelli replaces Raheem Sterling.

Offside, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer tries a through ball, but Bafétimbi Gomis is caught offside.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Lazar Markovic replaces Adam Lallana.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Emre Can.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

Attempt saved. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Offside, Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho tries a through ball, but Raheem Sterling is caught offside.

Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

Goal!

Own Goal by Jonjo Shelvey, Swansea City. Liverpool 4, Swansea City 1.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Neil Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Foul by Ki Sung-Yueng (Swansea City).

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Ki Sung-Yueng replaces Leon Britton.

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces Wilfried Bony.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 3, Swansea City 1. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 29th December 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea19144141142746
2Man City19134241172443
3Man Utd19106333191436
4Southampton19103632151733
5Arsenal1996434231133
6West Ham199463023731
7Tottenham199462424031
8Liverpool198472625128
9Swansea198472423128
10Newcastle197572228-626
11Stoke197482123-225
12Everton195682931-221
13Aston Villa195681122-1121
14Sunderland1931151627-1120
15QPR1953112134-1318
16West Brom1945101828-1017
17Hull193791826-816
18Crystal Palace193792030-1016
19Burnley193791429-1516
20Leicester1934121731-1413
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