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Summary

  1. Liverpool up to eighth in Premier League
  2. Lallana scores twice in PL for first time
  3. Pardew given permission to talk to Palace

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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So it is Liverpool who will end 2014 on a high. They have struggled this season but, if they can repeat that display more often, a top-four finish may still not be out of the question.

Anyway that is all from us. Join us again on New Year's Day for a full Premier League schedule.

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Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

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.

"Every team at this level is a difficult game. We know the work we need to put in but the players are starting to work together. We are a young side looking to settle in and play a type of football we find creative and exciting."

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Twitter: Just finished watching the game. I can't wait to be back playing in that team and scoring goals!! Top class performance from them.

Manager reaction

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Garry Monk on the touchline
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Swansea boss 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.

"I haven't seen the situation with Jonjo Shelvey so I can't comment."

Masterful Lallana

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

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Talk about all over the place. Adam Lallana may have been playing centrally but that didn't stop him from roaming both sides of the field in an impressive individual display, as shown in his touch map above. His best display for Liverpool perhaps?

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"One thing you get from Sterling, when Liverpool win the ball back he looks to run off the back of defenders. Where as Balotelli comes towards the ball and it limits the space."

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Ada: If Liverpool finish as strong as last season we will land Champions League again. 15 wins from last 18 games last season.

Alicia: Now THIS is progress! Shades of season 2013/14, brought a tear to my eye! Lallana, Coutinho and Henderson on fire! WE GO AGAIN!

John Roberts: Hoping Rodgers will get some credit for that - under pressure, with injuries, but seems to have found a formation that works.

Pardew given permission to speak to Palace

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has tonight been given permission to talk to Crystal Palace after compensation has been agreed.

Championship full-time

Lewis Dunk celebrates
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It's all over at Craven Cottage as managerless Brighton win 2-0 at Fulham. The victory moves them out of the relegation zone.

Player reaction

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana on Sky Sports: "I thought the lads were brilliant. I have always said it wasn't going to be easy making the move from Southampton but the lads have been great. I have been playing more central and have been really enjoying it. It was great to get the goals and more important was the performance.

"We haven't put in many good performances this season and hopefully we have turned the corner. The pressure is always different coming to a team like this. Possibly how well Liverpool did, the expectation came as a bit of a shock to a lot of the new signings. But we are bedding in with time. There is more gelling coming as a team. Our target is top four."

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Match stats
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A dominant second-half display from a fluent Liverpool. They had 21 shots on goal, 11 of which were on target, and could have been celebrating an even more impressive victory. Swansea had 11 shots themselves but defensively they were pretty awful.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

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That win moves Liverpool into eighth in the Premier League as they jump above Swansea on goals scored. An encouraging end to 2014 for the Reds.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"Lallana was outstanding tonight along with Coutinho, Sterling has been a bit subdued but that front three looks formidable. Behind them, the midfield was strong, and all this without Steven Gerrard."

Championship latest

It looks like Championship strugglers Brighton are set for a priceless win as Solly March makes it 2-0 at Fulham. Into injury time.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski at full-time
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One defeat in 10 matches now in all competitions for Liverpool as they make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League. Impressive stuff.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Inches away from a consolation by Bafetimbi Gomis as his shot just flies past the far post.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"From what Rodgers has said they'll play this way for the foreseeable future. All I would say, at the start of the half, they looked a bit shaky. Can they do this against the big sides? They did well against Arsenal but can they compete with Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United? Today it's been really good from Liverpool, especially without the ball. They're back to where they were at last season, closing teams down in packs."

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Three minutes of added on time signalled.

CLOSE!

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Mario Balotelli close to his first Premier League goal for Liverpool but, after a neat one-two with Philippe Coutinho, his low shot is kept out by Lukasz Fabianski.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

At the other end Wayne Routledge shoots over the bar from outside the penalty area.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Lovely stuff from Liverpool. Alberto Moreno does well down the left. He passes to the impressive Philippe Coutinho who, after a couple of tricks, lays the ball back to Jordan Henderson 20 yards out. His shot is dragged wide though.

Football League latest

A little over five minutes to play at Craven Cottage, where Brighton still lead Fulham 1-0.

All over in League One, where Leyton Orient have won 3-0 at Yeovil to move out of the relegation zone.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

Mario Balotelli
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"It's a good opportunity for Mario Balotelli, here's his chance to get a Premier League goal. There's been a lot of talk ahead of the transfer window but Rodgers has said he's staying but you feel as though his performances have to improve ahead of the summer window as well."

HITS THE WOODWORK

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Almost a grain of hope for Swansea. Substitute Bafetimbi Gomes sees a slightly deflected curling effort cannon of the bar with goalkeeper Simon Mignolet beaten.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"It's just gone flat from Swansea's point of view. They're struggling to get in round the back and you just wonder if it is damage limitation for them now."

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Mario Balotelli is substituted on for Raheem Sterling
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And sure enough Raheem Sterling is the man to make way for Mario Balotelli.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Raheem Sterling is lucky there. Federico Fernandez seems to have annoyed him and the Liverpool man throws his hand in the direction of the Swansea defender's face. It certainly wasn't a punch, a slap maybe, but you can't do that these days. He has got away with it though as the game goes on.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Mario Balotelli is getting stripped and ready to come on.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

And still Liverpool come forward. Philippe Coutinho blazes over from 20 yards.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"Lallana can be happy with tonight, he's really starting to gain confidence and is beginning to look like a Liverpool player."

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Adam Lallana is substituted
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Adam Lallana gets a standing ovation as he is replaced by Lazar Markovic. The midfielder hasn't had it all his own way since moving to Anfield from Southampton in the summer but he showed in that second-half cameo how good he can be.

Football League latest

Game, set and match for Leyton Orient at Yeovil, where Orient lead 3-0 thanks to Dean Cox's 50th goal for the club.

Into stoppage time at Huish Park.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Adam Lallana graphic
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Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Raheem Sterling
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Raheem Sterling looks desperate for a goal this evening. The makeshift striker runs 20 yards with the ball before having a slow shot held by Lukasz Fabianski at his near post.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"Liverpool had that spark at the turn of the year, last season, and they blew teams away. They've had a few shaky moments in this match but they're returning to that style of play."

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Swansea are looking pretty sorry for themselves at the moment. Top scorer Wilfried Bony has long since departed and you can only see the hosts adding to their lead. It could be a long 17 minutes for the visitors.

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea

Kevin Kilbane at Anfield

BBC Radio 5 live

"It was a decent ball, a driven cross which Liverpool have been using throughout this game. Shelvey was actually too concerned about fighting with Lallana and he's put it in his own net. It's a nightmare at the Kop end."

GOAL

Liverpool 4-1 Swansea - Jonjo Shelvey OG

Jonjo Shelvey scores an own goal
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No surprise as a rampant Liverpool add to their lead. A slice of luck again though as Jordan Henderson's right-wing corner is flicked into his own net by Jonjo Shelvey.

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KoloKK: Is this the point where the season starts for Rodgers' team? He's set the team up very well tonight.

Joe Young: So this is what it feels like to enjoy watching Liverpool again?

Liverpool 3-1 Swansea

This game looks to have plenty more goals in it yet. An inspired Adam Lallana sends Raheem Sterling through on goal, and he beats goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, but can only find the side netting from a tight angle. The Anfield crowd are singing Lallana's name and it is no wonder. He has been pretty special this half.