Tuesday 26th December 2017
After a disappointing collapse against Arsenal last Friday, Liverpool look to bounce back at home against Swansea. Swansea on the other hand are without a manager after sacking Paul Clement earlier this week with Leon Britton taking charge of the side for today’s clash.
Coming into the fixture, Liverpool have only lost one boxing day fixture in the last 30 years which was against Manchester United in 1986. Since then, they have won 7 and drawn 3.
Known for their fast starts, it took Liverpool only 6 minutes to get going thanks to a sublime Philippe Coutinho goal. Roberto Firmino dispossessed Jordan Ayew before combining with Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian then played the ball to Phillipe Coutinho who wrapped his boot round the ball to curl past Fabianski and find the top corner for his 7th Premier League goal of the season.
Minutes later, the home side nearly went 2-0 up as Andrew Robertson latched on to a loose ball just outside the Swansea penalty area but his shot went wide of the post.
Oliver McBurnie came close for Swansea in the 36th minute as he managed to find space inside the 18 yard box only to have his shot blocked by Ragnar Klavan.
Towards the dying moments of the half, Mohamed Salah put through Roberto Firmino who had a chance to double the home sides lead, however the Brazilian lacked the composure as he dragged his shot wide.
Liverpool started the second half similar to the first and nearly added a second, Alexander-Arnold put in a sublime cross but Firmino was unable to make contact and Swansea survived a scare.
Liverpool kept piling on the pressure and and reaped the rewards, the second came after Coutinho had been fouled in the Swansea half, from the resulting free kick, the little magician played an inch perfect ball to the far post where his Brazilian team-mate side footed his volley past the helpless Fabianski. This was the Brazilian’s 15th goal in all competitions and his fourth in three games against the Welsh side.
The home side nearly got a third after Coutinho played a clever square pass from a free kick to Salah who saw his shot go wide.
The home side didn’t look like they were done just yet as Trent Alexander-Arnold was first to pick up a 50/50 and smashed home to the roof of the net to give the reds clear daylight and their third of the night.
Swansea made matters worse for themselves as a sloppy pass found Salah through on goal, but the un-selfish Egyptian laid it on a plate for Firmino to get his second of the night and Liverpool’s fourth.
It was the last contribution for Salah and Firmino who made way for Adam Lallana and Dominic Solanke.
Liverpool added to Swansea’s woes as the reds £40m summer signing added a fifth as he looped a half volley over Fabianski at the Kop end. It was also the first time this season Liverpool have scored five in the premier league at home this season.
With 3 added minutes, to play Swansea came close to picking up a consolation goal through Tammy Abraham but his looping header was kept out with a wonderful save from Simon Mignolet which proved to be the last bit of action of the game.
The win takes Liverpool back into 4th in the premier league who entertain Leicester City at home at the weekend, while Swansea stay bottom of the table.
In the last 15 games in all competitions, the reds have scored three or more goals in 11 games.
Coutinho and Firmino have had a hand in 45 goals for Liverpool in all competitions this season.
Liverpool 5 (Coutinho 6′, Roberto Firmino 52′, 66′, Alexander-Arnold 65′, Chamberlain 82′)