Liverpool ran riot over Premier League bottom club Swansea City with Roberto Firmino scoring twice in the second half of a 5-0 win at Anfield on Boxing Day.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was back on the field for the first time since surrendering a two-goal lead to Arsenal in a match that ended 3-3 on Dec. 23.
And Philippe Coutinho wasted no time helping his team forget their latest defensive meltdown. The Brazil international picked up a pass from Mohamed Salah at the edge of the penalty area, took one touch to his right and then curled an unstoppable shot past Lukasz Fabianski in the Swansea goal to put the hosts up inside of 10 minutes.
The bottom side in the Premier League settled in after that, limiting Liverpool’s chances and testing the Reds’ defence on several occasions throughout the remainder of the first half.
Roberto Firmino fluffed his lines with a great chance to put Liverpool two up before the break, dragging a right-footed shot wide of the goal when he should have scored and the hosts went to the dressing room up 1-0.
But Firmino would make amends early in the second half, chasing down a Coutinho free kick over the top of the Swansea defence and volleying a first-time shot past Fabianski to double Liverpool’s lead.
Nineteen-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold scored Liverpool’s third — and his first career Premier League goal — in the 65th minute with a thunderous half-volley after pouncing on a soft clearance and Firmino added another seconds later when Salah squared to him for an easy tap in following a poor back pass from Swansea sprang the Egypt international.
And with the result well in hand, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain added a fifth goal for Liverpool, who stayed ahead of Tottenham in fourth place in the table.