Liverpool shred Swansea at Anfield
LIVERPOOL, England (AP):
Adam Lallana netted twice as Liverpool found their scoring form to beat Swansea 4-1 yesterday for their biggest English Premier League home victory of the season.
After Alberto Moreno put Liverpool ahead in the 33rd minute, Lallana's first goal came with a bit of luck, as Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski hit a clearance straight at the midfielder, and the ball bounced off his shoulder and looped into the net to make it 2-0 in the 51st.
Gylfi Sigurdsson replied for Swansea just a minute later, but Lallana restored the two-goal cushion by going around two defenders and slotting a low shot inside the far post in the 61st.
Jonjo Shelvey headed in an own goal in the 69th, giving Liverpool four goals in a game for the first time this season. Brendan Rodgers' team had scored just nine goals in as many home Premier League matches this season, as they struggled to replace Luis Suarez and the injured Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool climbed above Swansea into eighth, with both on 28 points - five outside the top-four Champions League spots. And Rodgers may have found an effective system going into the new year, as he once again played without a recognised striker. Lallana partnered Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho in a front free, with Mario Balotelli again on the bench. Captain Steven Gerrard was also rested, but Liverpool constantly looked a threat going forward.
"It's something we've been searching for all season," Rodgers said. "Obviously, we've lost some players, and I'm getting to find out about players. ... We put a lot of work into finding a way that will allow us to get that creativity back."