Coutinho and Firmino combine as Liverpool tear Swansea apart

Philippe Coutinho provided the style and compatriot Roberto Firmino the substance as Liverpool’s brilliant Brazilians dispatched rudderless Swansea 5-0 in clinical fashion at Anfield.

Things looked bleak for the Premier League’s bottom side, still searching for their next manager after sacking Paul Clement last Wednesday, when Coutinho curled home a superb sixth-minute opener.

The hosts’ sluggishness prevented them scoring further until early in the second half when Firmino volleyed in Coutinho’s free-kick, and the former later added his second after Trent Alexander-Arnold drilled in a half-volley off the underside of the crossbar. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fired in the fifth seven minutes from time.

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Tweet of the match

Star man – Philippe Coutinho

On what was at times a lacklustre evening, Coutinho was the brightest spark, scoring a brilliant opener and providing the cross for Liverpool’s second.

Moment of the match

Coutinho’s arcing shot from the edge of the penalty area which had just enough curl on it to take it inside the far post.

Data point

Liverpool have not lost a home league match on Boxing Day for 31 years since a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in 1986, winning seven and drawing three.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6 (out of 10), Trent Alexander-Arnold 7, Joel Matip 6, Ragnar Klavan 7, Andrew Robertson 6, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 7, Emre Can 6, Georginio Wijnaldum 6, Philippe Coutinho 8, Roberto Firmino 8, Mohamed Salah 6. Subs: Dominic Solanke (for Firmino, 68) 7, Adam Lallana (for Salah, 69) 6, James Milner (for Robertson, 75) 6.Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski 6, Kyle Naughton 6, Alfie Mawson 5, Federico Fernandez 6, Martin Olsson 5, Wayne Routledge 6, Tom Carroll 5, Roque Mesa 5, Leroy Fer 5, Oliver McBurnie 5, Jordan Ayew 4. Subs: Tammy Abraham (for McBurnie, 62) 6, Sam Clucas (for Mesa, 65) 5, Renato Sanches (for Fer, 78), 5.

Who’s up next?

Liverpool v Leicester (Premier League, December 30)

Watford v Swansea (Premier League, December 30)

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