LIVERPOOL 5-0 Swansea
Liverpool claimed all three points against Swansea today in a stunning five goal victory.
Jurgen Klopp would utilise his rotation system and rotated around Alexander-Arnold, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wijnaldum and Matip in place of Lovren, Gomez, Henderson and Mané from the previous game’s starting lineup.
Liverpool got off to a quick head start as Coutinho took only 6 minutes to open the scoring.
Though seemingly surrounded by Swansea players on all sides, Coutinho would find just enough space to unleash his shot from 20 yards and it curled right into the corner of the net for making it Liverpool 1-0 Swansea.
Liverpool continued to attack and it was surprising that the rest of the whole 1st half would go by without another goal.
The second half would be far more productive, with four goals in it.
Liverpool had scored after six minutes into the first half, and they went and scored six minutes into the second half also.
The 51st minute saw Coutinho involved again, this time curling in a free-kick which curled over everyone in the middle of the penalty area and made it’s way to Firmino who chose to volley it past the goalkeeper and into the net from six yards out. Liverpool 2-0 Swansea.
Quarter of an hour would go by and then the next bit of goalscoring would come with two goals in two minutes for Liverpool.
In the 65th minute, Robertson’s cross is headed away but Alexander-Arnold reacts quickly, collecting the ball and racing past a defender into a dangerous position and then smashing the ball into the roof of the net from 15 yards. He’s never scored in front of the Kop before but they’re going crazy with appreciation for him. What a feeling that must be. Liverpool 3-0 Swansea
The 66th minute saw Liverpool quickly collect the ball after a mistake from Swansea who maybe were still a little shell-shocked by Alexander Arnold’s goal. Salah would push far up the pitch towards goal with the ball but when a couple of defenders closed down on him, he’d unselfishly push the ball back across the penalty area to Firmino, who was happy to accept it and quickly finish from close range to make it Liverpool 4-0 Swansea Great teamwork being shown there. Salah was a bit overwhelmed with very little space to shoot himself but he still helps create a goal by getting the ball to a teammate who was in a better position for scoring.
The fifth and final goal of the match came around the 82nd minute. There was a mixture of both Swansea and Liverpool players all huddled together. A Swansea defender would attempt to clear the ball but Oxlade-Chamberlain collects it, then finds enough space to smash a powerful shot past Fabianski and into net to make it Liverpool 5-0 Swansea. Reminded me of the first goal by Coutinho, because again even with a large presence of Swansea players Liverpool found the determination to push past the opposition and get into a dangerous position for scoring.
We wouldn’t score again but there’s something else that needs mentioning. NOT CONCEDING.
Simon Mignolet deserves credit for keeping a clean sheet in a game which goes a long way to proving that he’s not always going to be letting in 3 goals as he had against Arsenal recently. There’s good days and bad days for goalkeepers within an entire season and this was definitely one of his good days. He works hard and a goalkeeper’s job is not easy. Plenty of people will focus a little too much on the goals conceded but forget to mention all the times he’s saved the ball, saved us from dropping points or goal difference and saved the day. Except me. I’m here giving him credit where it’s due. Well done, Mignolet. Your hard work is appreciated.
Man of the Match
Roberto Firmino has been invaluable lately and if anybody deserves to have a dance in front of the adoring Liverpool fans at Anfield, it’s him. His two goals helped push Liverpool beyond the potential “dreaded draw” that sometimes happens when oppositions start to make comebacks for not losing to Liverpool, even if we’re two or three goals ahead. There would be no Swansea comeback and the Brazilian was a major contributor in helping to ensure that. Well done, Bobby!
The end of the year will finish with a fixture against Leicester.
Walk on with hope in your hearts and You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.