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Anfield (ATT 44,832) 17th February 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Liverpool Liverpool vs Swansea City Swansea

Liverpool 5

S Gerrard (pen 34)
P Coutinho (46)
Jose Enrique (50)
L Suarez (56)
D Sturridge (pen 71)

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A Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool thrashed Swansea 5-0 in the Premier League

Last Updated: 17/02/13 9:33pm

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Philippe Coutinho scored on his full debut as a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool thrashed Swansea 5-0 to climb into seventh in the Premier League.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the match: Luis Suarez was simply brilliant as the Swans were put to the sword
  • Goal of the match: Jose Enrique played a one-two with Daniel Sturridge before slotting home to seal the win
  • Shot of the match: Sturridge hit the bar with a placed effort from the edge of the box
  • Save of the match: Michel Vorm saved well with his outstretched right leg to deny Sturridge
  • Moment of the match: Phillippe Coutinho scored on his full debut just 16 seconds after the break
  • Talking point: Swansea rested players ahead of next week's Capital One Cup final and were made to pay

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, with next Sunday's Capital One Cup final in mind, made seven changes to his side and the Reds took full advantage, with Suarez outstanding.

Suarez won a 34th-minute penalty following Kemy Agustien's unnecessary challenge. Steven Gerrard, having failed from the spot in front of the Kop against West Brom earlier in the week, went for the opposite corner and succeeded in beating Michel Vorm.

The Reds' lead was doubled just 16 seconds after the break when new signing Coutinho skipped through the Swans defence and slotted home after an incisive pass from Suarez.

Four minutes later and Jose Enrique put the game to bed following a great team passing move, finishing after a slick one-two with Daniel Sturridge.

Suarez finally got the goal his play deserved on 56 minutes when he went past both Swansea's centre-backs following a Stewart Downing assist.

Sturridge added a fifth from the penalty spot with 19 minutes to play after the ball hit substitute Wayne Routledge in the box.

The Liverpool striker almost added a sixth but hit the bar with his placed effort from just inside the box.

At the other end Pepe Reina saved to his left to deny Routledge a consolation for the Swans.

Liverpool's day was marred late on when substitute Fabio Borini, who had come on for Suarez, suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder following a challenge. He was forced to leave the field and the Reds, who had used all their substitutes, finished the game with ten men.

The win was a welcome boost after a five-match winless run in all competitions and moves the Reds to within nine points of fourth-placed Tottenham.

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Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 12 32
2 Southampton 11 25
3 Manchester City 12 24
4 Manchester United 12 19
5 Newcastle United 12 19
6 West Ham United 12 18
7 Swansea City 12 18
8 Arsenal 12 17
9 Everton 12 17
10 Stoke City 12 15
11 Liverpool 11 14
12 Tottenham Hotspur 11 14
13 West Bromwich Albion 12 13
14 Sunderland 12 13
15 Hull City 11 11
16 Aston Villa 11 11
17 Leicester City 12 10
18 Burnley 12 10
19 Crystal Palace 11 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 12 8

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